So You Want to Be (or already are) an Online Educator?

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  1. catnfiddle

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    Looking forward to hearing all about your adventures! I still have a bunch of my resources, so please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, especially if you're an ELA teacher.
     
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    Terrific! My biggest suggestion is to ask a lot of questions at your interview. Ask them about their Learning Management System (basically, their online platform), how they maintain / enforce student engagement, and the socioeconomic status of their student population.
     
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    Has anyone worked for Responsive Ed --a charter school online ? Comprehend Academy is in grades 3 - 12. What is your experience with if?
     
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    Good question for the Texas folks here! Anyone?
     
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    @catnfiddle. That is good to know. :)
    I'm glad you are being a blessing to your community.
     
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    Since the members of AtoZ are almost all teachers or teachers in training, we do NOT advise anyone to use essay writing services. We consider those vehicles for cheating.
     
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    Would disagree with the previous comment. Asking a scientific writer, a professional essay writing service or assignment writers to write or an editor to edit your scientific publication is OK, especially for non-native speakers, provided this is made completely transparent and indicated in the acknowledgements. I don't prohibit my students to use such services.
     
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    I currently work at a detention center, but I'm thinking I don't really have the personality for it. I think I would do better as an online educator, but is there a legitimate way to do it without going back to school?
     
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    Are you licensed and highly qualified in your content area? Is your state one that has online charter schools as an option for students? Those are the main questions. Not every state has online K-12 education, but those that do tend to have fairly rigorous requirements for their teachers due to how they are audited.
     
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    I'm highly qualified in my content area, but I heard that I was required to go back and get an online teaching certification. I just don't want to do that right now. School is expensive, and I don't know where I"m going with this job.
     
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    I taught online for seven years without additional certification or endorsements, so it isn't every state or every school. What state are you in? If I saw correctly that you are in Alabama, your state has a few K12 franchises there. Check out their website and see what they may have in your area. You have nothing to lose by looking.
     
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    Hi! I have an interview this week for an online teacher position. I'm so nervous. What can I expect at the interview and a silly question, what should I wear?
     
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    Did you get the job? And with what K-12 school? How do you like it?
     
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    I'm assuming your interview is in person and not online. In that case, wear what you would to any other kind of teaching interview. You might be asked to show your ability using computer programs such as Microsoft Office. Is the school a franchise of a larger network such as K12, or is it an independent school?
     
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    It is a public cyber school. The interview will sort-of be in person. It's a video conference from one office to the main office.
     
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    How come you left online teaching? Are you teaching at a brick and mortar school now?
     
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    1. Definitely dress professionally! I ask mostly because some interviews are done online specifically to see how you would handle being on webcam. In this case, it's blended, so a suit top with fuzzy slippers is out.
    2. Currently, I'm in an in-person setting (I've always hated the term "brick and mortar") but with the high hopes to help implement an online component for our students. It wasn't specifically leaving online teaching, but moving from one school to another to open some new opportunities for myself (including going for my administrative license).
     
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    Thanks so much for answering my questions. : ) I picked out an outfit yesterday and am reviewing my interview "stuff" today. Have a great day and let me know if you have any interview tips.
     
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    If you can think of successes and challenges with individual students, they'll probably ask you about that. Much of online teaching is one-on-one over the phone as well as over the computer. See what you can find out about their learning management system (LMS), which is the fancy term for what programs and websites they use. Ask about them. I'd also ask them about their policies for attendance and engagement (do they require students to do a certain amount of assignments per week or is just logging in and out enough). It may sound weird, but sometimes having the right questions can be as important as having the right answers.
     
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    Online studies is smart study internet is full of knowledge this create smartness in student
     
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    1. The school where I taught used Gizmo for their labs and it went really well. I used to sit in on the Physical Science live sessions occasionally and loved watching the students work and interact with their teacher.
    2. That answer depends on the individual state. Education licenses are issued by the state, so some institutions might allow teachers to reside in other states provided they have a valid license where the school is based. Whether or not this is in practice in reality or in the states you've mentioned, I have no idea.
     
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    Hey guys! Question here. My wife and I are expecting in April...we both teach high school. She's probably going to stay home, and we're wondering if teaching online would be possible for her with a baby in the house. I realize this is regular, full-time work, so don't call me crazy for asking...just wondering what you all think. Possible? Insanity? THANKS!
     
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    It's possible! Several of my former coworkers switched to online teaching so they could parent more easily (this includes dads working from home). The biggest issue is if you are in a state that has online schools. You should be able to figure out what schools, if any, exist in your state. Then, find out if the schools in your state allow teachers to work from home (sometimes known as adjunct teaching) or if they require their teachers to report to a central office.
     
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    Not really able to do this atm, but I was wondering if you had good resources to find online teaching jobs. Is there a website that's a good start that would serve most states? (Particularly West Coast states though if you have one of those.)

    Also long shot, but are there "online substitute teachers"? lol!
     
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    I've been fairly interested in this actually. I bought the "Take Home Chemistry" and "TH Physics" book sets a while ago, and I never got the chance to use them but I've been interested in seeing if it would be possible to implement this in an online school setting. Essentially, all of the labs can be done with small box of cheap materials the students pick up and take home or purchase themselves.
     
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    I found http://www.homefires.com/charter/ as a possible starter, but simply searching for "online charter schools in California" should give some good results. There are substitute teaching jobs in the virtual world, but they are mostly LTS positions. My graduate school was much easier because I was teaching online AND learning online, but my program didn't involve thesis work.
     
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    Edjoin posts openings for CAVA (or at least they did last time I was looking!). Not sure about the other states. The online school I taught for didn't have subs -- we just rescheduled our live sessions if necessary.

    On a side note, I'm glad to hear you're still in the game, Peregrin! :)
     
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    Semi-in the game. I'm hoping to just tutor and substitute this year. It may not be possible in later years when I have to do internships and research in my field. But if I found a flexible online teaching job that would allow me to attend school full-time and teach part-time, that would be very cool (though probably very stressful).
     
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    I'm in OR now. And thanks for the tips!
     
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    This is what I did when I did my Masters in French. I was almost a full-time student, and I taught part-time online. I was also a graduate teaching assistant, and tutored, and taught summer camp, and did whatever else I could to make ends meet as a grad student in one of the most expensive countries in the city! Online teaching was flexible and interesting conceptually, but the pay was beyond pathetic, and I also had moral issues with the way our particular school was recruiting low-income students from struggling schools, taking their funding, and failing to provide adequate support for those students who needed it most (ESL, SPED/RSP, etc were a total joke). It was a means to an end for me at the time and I did the best I could for my students, but I was glad to be able to move on. I do miss working from home at times, though...

    ETA: I also did the Masters thesis option since I was considering going on to a PhD. Online teaching 30 hrs/week, grad assistant 10 hrs/week, tutoring 10 or so hrs, two grad classes, and thesis research all at the same time = insanity!
     
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    internet change the education world. It is better to start own online education classes, like I started a year ago. Save time, help students to gain more, increases punctuality, parents know what their kids are doing.
     
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    So, after 2 years of teaching elementary, some drama getting my credential (testing hoops, ugh), and trying to find a job after the school year began, I landed a job teaching high school. I will be delivering content online, but will be onsite-- I assume working with students and answering questions.

    Does anyone else teach in this format? I have no idea what I'm getting into and I'm a planner-- I want to be ready for my first day.
     
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    Question: Does anyone teach special education online, for K12 or another district. I likely have a job, (waiting on enrollment increase) by Thanksgiving with K12 and wanted to know what to expect. I skimmed the thread, but didn't see it.

    Thanks!
     
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    That's awesome! Two of my friends from my last online school have moved to K12. I'm sorry I don't know more about their systems to tell you more. Do you know if you're doing full inclusion or something else?
     
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    They only told me about why there's going to be a wait on the position. And how the pay works. Not about how special education would work.

    Just looking for something different. Urban education is starting to hurt my soul. 1 student killed last year, two in jail for murder, a couple of kids this year threatened to shoot teachers, and I got hit. And this year I was just teaching social studies.

    But I remember you speaking fondly of it so I thought I'd give it a try.
     
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    K12 is, from what I have seen, very well managed. If my former school had been run with the same efficacy and ethics, I would still be there.
     
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    So I got the job with K12 online. I start Monday. I don't have any equipment yet. I don't really know what I'm supposed to do on Monday. Anybody have any ideas what I do first? I know there's training, about 30 hours worth. However my personal computer is only a Chromebook and won't be able to do much so I'm worried for that reason as well. Any info will be greatly appreciated to settle my nerves.
     
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    Do you have a virtual classroom as well as a roster? Before you do anything else, draft a quick email to them saying you'll be in working with them as soon as you are able, and send that out. Hopefully you'll quickly learn how to send a video to them more fully introducing yourself. Putting a real, moving face to a name will help you to get them engaged because they'll feel more accountable to a person than a computer.
     
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