Is it possible to be an online ESL teacher as a career

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  1. TeacherCuriousExplore

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    Hey everyone! It has been a while since I posted! I am finishing grad school and will earn my degree and certification at the end of the year!!!! I cannot wait to student teach! Lately, I have been substituting and teaching online from home.

    During this time out of the prek classroom, I have pondered about where my life will take me after receiving an MEd. My first plan before working from home full time was to finish my degree and become a teacher in one of the local Elementary schools. However, teaching from home full time has open my mind to so many opportunities. I thought about teaching abroad but then felt as if I am kind of old to take a break in my career to teach abroad only for a year. Especially if I am in a country I do not plan on living for the rest of my life. I then got the idea of securing my MEd and keeping certificate active while continuing working from home. I have the freedom to save money and travel to the places I want to go instead of teaching there. I also have time to see my therapist and focus on weight loss. My life is in a better place. What made the idea of teaching from home solid was when I got the offer letter to become an Academic Specialist full time from home. This company offers benefits and good work hours. The only issue I have with this idea is that many people do not see teaching online as a "real job" but it is real to me. It pays the bills and I am also paying off so much debt. While staying with my parents, I have enough saved to find another place by the end of the summer. I also grapple with the concept that I am too young to be working from home. At 26 soon to be 27, I feel as if I should be on a physical job working and that I will miss out if I do not. I love what I do and plan on maybe getting a graduate certificate in Online Education. If I do plan to go back for a Doctorate, I plan to focus on something that is geared towards online adult education. I currently received a TESOL certificate through my university. I just enjoy it and do not want to go back to a physical classroom unless if I am in a dire emergency. Sorry for the long post you guys!
     
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    Do what fulfills you.
    Have you discussed this with your therapist?
     
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    Not yet but she knows I work from home! I agree with you. My only problem is how would go about building insurance and a retirement plan while working from home? I have an idea just haven't executed yet
     
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    The only people I know who teach from home are doing so through companies affiliated with our state education department, so they have the same benefits we have.

    I got my start in middle school doing a leave replacement for a teacher who took a year off to teach in China. I’d say she was in her 30’s at the time, and she had no plans to live there long term. Now, she didn’t get her same job back upon return. (I kept that.) She was given another, comparable job in our building.
     
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    If it works for you, go for it. I personally wouldn't like working from home- most days I like having a reason to get dressed up, somewhere to go, and people to see. The face to face interactions with my students is what keeps me going. I also enjoy the social interaction with my teammates. I honestly think I might get depressed working from home. I'd worry less about what others think about the job and more about how you would really like it long term.

    The other factor would be benefits like insurance and retirement- but if you've found something that offers that, great. I know people who only do VIPkid, but they were otherwise stay at home moms and this is just supplemental income. They're getting benefits and such through their spouses' job.
     
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    Why do you care what other people think? I would look at the issues other people mentioned like benefits, how much you will be able to save, etc. Those things are more important than Joe Shmo saying you're not a "real" teacher.
     
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    Yea some get the benefits from their spouses but I am single and ended getting a job that offer benefits working from home recently. I am excited about that one. I looked into retirement as well. I agree that working from home isn't for everyone. I know one lady who did it for a year and told me how depressed she got from doing it
     
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    I know but as I stated, I am afraid that I will miss out on having a physical job like an average person
     
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    Perhaps, as your weight loss increases, you will be more willing to work outside the home, or, maybe you will be happy never leaving your home. I would miss going to work away from my home, but that is only my personal preference. Just make sure that you are wanting to stay at home for the right reasons, versus simply avoiding people for whatever reasons. :2cents:
     
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    I think I enjoy being my own boss and creating my own schedule. Also, no planning and staying away from germs lol
     
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    I would love working from home. I don't think I'd be missing out on anything. I have a dog that would keep me company. Outside of work hours I am in several clubs, have some hobbies and meet up with friends. My neighbor is a medical transcriptionist who works from home and loves that she has no commute time so she has more time to do other things that she enjoys.
     
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    Why do you think there would be no planning? I don't care what you are teaching, you need lesson plans to get from point A to point B in a way that ensures the student receives the correct instruction so that what is learned can get them to point C. If you accomplish less than that, you are cheating your students out of an education. I am certain that you want your students to succeed, so you have to do your part, which is what is behind your face-time with the students on your computer.
     
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    No lessons are already provided for the teacher. Majority of the companies I teach for encourage conversational english.
     
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    Scripted lesson plans are rarely good lesson plans. Is a graduate degree really necessary for this kind of teaching?
     
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    No, just a 4-year degree and a TESOL. They also require teaching experience online and in the classroom. I am getting my MEd to apply to online universities and also it'll make me marketable for secondary positions I already work for. Although the lesson plans are pre-made. They do come with teacher tips and teacher notes. We focus solely on teaching pronunciation and English vocabulary.
     
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    So you are wanting to teach others getting their MEd. through online modes?
     
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    I am going to start teaching technical schools. Helping people earn their certifications.
     
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    or on a community college level
     
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    What is a technical school? I'm not familiar other than people who teach trades, such as construction, plumbing, etc.
     
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    TCE, aren't these jobs pretty flexible in allowing you to set you're yohours/etc .? If that's the case, why not just start and see how it works out?
     

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