Things I never knew . . .

Installment #13:

Five things I never knew . . . until I became a teacher:

  • November is a short month
  • November competes with February for the least amount of school days
  • November has a nickname: “No-school November”
  • November comes and goes quickly
  • November is a great month πŸ˜‰


Extra Money? Added Benefits?

I am a firm believer in making a little extra cash, a little extra money, on the side. Somehow. Whenever possible.

I don’t necessarily want a part-time job on top of teaching–though I have done it. I am not advocating it either, per se–I know we all have physical, emotional, and time constraints. However, if you are curious and you are interested, here are some education-based, money-making endeavors I have done . . . to earn just a little more money . . . and maybe a little more experience.

  • summer school: classic (great way to dip your toes into another grade!)
  • tutoring:
    • after-school tutoring: classic (can be at your school, can be at another school–at another school is a great way to scout out other schools, or see how other schools in your neighborhood are doing)
    • unaffiliated tutoring: this is what you find through your own network and is not necessarily affiliated with your school or your dominant subject matter. For instance, while I taught elementary I tutored a friend’s daughter in Algebra II, which led to tutoring a few of her daughter’s friends, once rumor spread I was helpful 😁.
    • online tutoring: this can take many forms. I joined WyzAnt one year, I had some success. I have recently looked into VIPKid, DaDa ABC, and EF (Education First)–though I haven’t started anything on any of these platforms yet. The beauty of online tutoring is not being tied to a particular location, you don’t have to travel anywhere to earn money.
  • district training(s): during my second year of teaching I finally had room to breathe, to have some shorter days. I could have enjoyed some me-time away from work; instead, I pursued every kindergarten training available within the district. I earned a few hours of added pay, I gained a whole new world of ideas and professional development, I expanded my primary teacher network. Win-win-win!
  • teacher store: I have known a few teachers who have worked at their local teacher store — Lakeshore, Learning is Fun. It was not an option for me, given my schedule and needs, but I will add it to the list for inspiration.

If you have the time and the energy, if your schedule and life circumstances permit it, I like to encourage you, people, anyone, to pursue added money-makers. Every little bit helps–and sometimes it’s not even the money that becomes the goal or the achievement, sometimes these added pursuits can lead to a new job opportunity, more ideas,Β  and more connections–and these are some amazing added benefits too.

Things I never knew . . .

Installment #11:

Five things I never knew . . . until I became a teacher:

  • crayon sets come in a whole lot of options (8, 12, 16, 24, 36, 48, 72, 1000)
  • crayon brands don’t matter that much
  • crayon sharpeners are a joke
  • crayons can be hidden, lost, and found basically anywhere
  • once opened a crayon box is never able to close again–not properly, not easily

Why do I teach?

Installment #6:

I teach for the steps.

This is silly, selfish, and not entirely true when I started teaching, but teaching is active; so, now I say I teach for the steps.

I have done the office job and I have been in a classroom. Classrooms create plenty of opportunity to burn calories. Sure, my candy drawer also gets used more, so I am consuming more calories. Nevertheless, a classroom position is an active role.

I walk as I teach. I walk from student to student. I walk from desk to desk. I stand up, I sit down, I stand up, I sit down. I sprint to the bathroom and back. I take kids out to recess. I play at recess. I walk around at recess. I take my students to the cafeteria, to specials, to line-up, to dismissal–and back. I monitor work by walking around the classroom. I monitor testing by walking around the classroom. I go from one meeting to the next, from one classroom to the next, from one end of the school to the other end.

My feet are tired, but by the time I get home I can safely look at my steps app and know I got all my steps for the day. One less thing to worry about–and that is definitely a perk, maybe even a reason, to teach πŸ˜‰