Having a love of learning often leads to a lifelong enjoyment from continually discovering new things. Similarly, being an excellent imparter of knowledge by teaching other people how to improve their skills, ideas, thinking and factual knowledge of a subject or language is highly rewarding too.
Anyone bitten by the bug to be an educator in some capacity has several ways to go about it.
Some people prefer to work in-person with a group of students in a classroom setting. Other educators prefer to work one-on-one with a private student in a café, at their home or another suitable location.
Then there are people who enjoy teaching on a global scale using the accessibility of the internet to tutor people anywhere who have a thirst for knowledge.
Let’s now look at a few teaching options in more depth to see if one of them suits your personality and natural abilities.
1. Private Tutoring Online
The use of tutors is a growing trend for families with a child who’s perhaps fallen behind in their studies or who has a desire to advance ahead of their class.
Sometimes, a class just moves too fast and a student needs more time to take in the lessons being taught.
Taking some private tutoring over the internet can help fill in the gaps in their knowledge and avoid them falling so far behind in class that they don’t even understand what is being talked about.
To find a tutor, you need a good network of tutors available to teach on the right subjects.
Because the tutors mostly work online, home tuition is based around using a computer to connect to them with a video stream and a headset to hear them.
One network of online teaching in this way is Superprof which helps people find tutors in a good range of topics to assist students in improving their knowledge.
2. Teaching in a Classroom
Teaching in a classroom setting is the traditional role of a school teacher. College classes are also taught in this manner with lectures added in. This type of teaching suits students that do well in a group setting.
As a teacher, you’ve got to be comfortable addressing a large class and not feel intimidated. Managing group dynamics with occasional unruly students within the different age groups is all part of the fun. It’s not always easy to do though.
Many teachers eventually gravitate to providing private tutoring one-on-one or teach online as a private tutor, which is less stressful with more control over their working hours.
Certainly, the knowledge acquired from teaching a topic (or several in most schools or colleges) is transferable to private tutoring, where that deep well of knowledge becomes invaluable to their students.
3. Sharing a Love of Languages
Making a career out of teaching languages is perfectly possible, but you must be flexible as to what language, where, and how you teach it. Teaching your native tongue – which is the most common situation – but if you have lived in other countries, you may have useful information to impart there too.
While teaching a foreign language like a native isn’t likely, sometimes making the connection between the foreign language and how it relates to English is helpful for students struggling to pick up the basics.
While teaching your native tongue is usually the best bet, teaching a course on pop culture references or the differences between the customs and culture are two extra options.
Linking different customs and culture and how it relates back to the student’s own is relatable. It helps students grasp the bigger picture, not just what’s in the standard textbooks.
It’s up to the teacher to figure out how far they wish to stretch themselves. Teachers that love languages often end up speaking several after a few years because they enjoy learning and never wish to stop.
Creating Courses to Teach Students Using Streaming Video
Another option is to create a course and sell it on a learning site like Udemy.com, Teachable, or one of the other e-learning sites. There’s no guarantee that the course will be what people want.
Perform some research first to determine what the market is looking for. The range of topics is vast, but the Pareto Principle (80/20 rule) is in effect here with only 20% of teachers making the big money.
With creating a video course, it will require the right equipment and takes considerable time and effort to produce a final product. There’s the risk that it won’t sell, and you’ll lose time and money invested. It’s more of an entrepreneurial venture in that sense.
There are many ways to use your natural teaching skills and the knowledge about one or more topics that have been acquired over the years.
Certainly, private tutoring over the internet offers the most flexibility and there’s far less of an issue with meeting groups of people or public speaking. If you have the teaching bug, then pick the right choice of a teaching career to suit your skills and requirements.