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Alternatives To Classroom Teaching For Those Who Love Working With Kids

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Working with kids is a dream occupation for many. It’s one of the most rewarding, challenging and stimulating ways to make a living. No two days are the same, and children keep finding new ways to surprise us with their intuition, imagination, enthusiasm and aptitude for learning. Even when they’re at play, kids can be truly inspirational in their enthusiasm and aptitude. But if you love working with kids, you may assume that teaching in a classroom is the best option for you. And, for many it is. Lots of us, once we’ve gotten over our initial nervousness, thrive in a classroom environment- managing the learning needs of multiple pupils. However, there are many for whom the classroom environment is just not suitable. 

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After all, classrooms can be noisy, rambunctious, stressful and chaotic. It takes a special kind of teacher to bring order to the inherent chaos associated with large groups of kids. And even the most skilled classroom practitioners can find themselves wishing they were anywhere else when kids start to get out of control. 

Fortunately, there are a number of great alternatives to conventional classroom teaching. Many of which don’t actually require a teaching qualification. Let’s take a look…

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Teaching English as a Foreign / Additional Language

Ever wanted to travel the world teaching English to kids either in a small intimate classroom or on a 1 to 1 basis? Want to help newcomers to the country to improve their literacy skills? Teaching English as a Foreign Language or TEFL is a hugely rewarding way to make a living which presents a huge wealth of opportunities. Check out these books which can be useful foundations for teaching English language learners. Whether you choose to do it at home or overseas, it’s a worthy and exciting occupation.

Start your own tutoring business

Want to combine your love of helping kids with your entrepreneurial leanings? Why not cut out the middleman and take your skills directly to learners as a self-employed private tutor. Many skilled teachers and former teachers do this either as a way to supplement their income or move away from the classroom. Of course, setting up your own business from scratch, building contacts and keeping a steady flow of work coming in can be challenging. Take a look at Tutor House for some great advice and resources. 

Teach GED or life skills to young offenders

Finally, all people who work with kids want to give something back to their communities. But there’s a way in which skilled teachers and communicators can contribute even more than the average classroom practitioner. And that’s helping young people who’ve made some bad choices to turn things around and improve their lives. Youth detention centres are great places where you can teach essential life skills or high school curriculum to young people who are serious about getting a fresh start. 

You can even use the same skills to work with adults, helping them to turn their lives around and live happier and more productive lives. 

If you have a passion to help, teach and nurture young people, there are many more places where you can apply your skills than the classroom!

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05/28/2022 12:05 am GMT
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