Teaching Opportunities for Older People

Discussion in 'General Education' started by Elizabeth Kiefer, Apr 24, 2019.

  1. Elizabeth Kiefer

    Elizabeth Kiefer New Member

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    Hello everyone, I am new to this forum!
    I taught English and German for 20 years but now I do not have as much energy as I once did and also work part time at my husband's deli. I may not be able to teach full time but I would still like to continue teaching. I would appreciate any advice from someone that has been in a similar situation or has ideas for part-time teaching opportunities to seek out! I am from PA and my number is .......... :)
    Best,
    Elizabeth
     
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  3. otterpop

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    Hello! I wish you the best of luck in your search. I strongly recommend taking your phone number out of the post though for privacy concerns.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing! Your best bet is to contact Pennsylvania's Department of Education. You might be happy as a substitute or as a part-time tutor.
     
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  5. TeacherNY

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    On my local school district website I just saw a posting for homebound tutors. Not in PA but it sounds like something that might interest you and could possibly ask about in your area.
     
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    Elizabeth, do me a favor and edit your post. You will find the edit button under your post on the left hand side. It isn't hard to do. Once you have opened your post, please delete your phone number from what you have written. For the most part this is a group of wonderful people, but we get lurkers here and there, just like any other forum. Putting your phone number out there is not wise. Your post works just as well without your phone number in it - the members here will still leave posts here in this thread, trying to make useful suggestions. I am simply asking you to be careful with your personal information.
     
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    Elizabeth, I removed your phone number. Not a good idea to post it.
     
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    I'm a retired teacher in Pennsylvania and if you do decide to look for fulltime, just let me advise you to stay away from any job listings where they used the code words "energetic," "dynamic," or anything like that. It means they want only young applicants. Not us.
     
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    :agreed:
     
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  10. TeacherNY

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    I wish they used those words in the descriptions for jobs at my school. I work in a special education school where you might be required to fully restrain a child or run after them if they run away, etc. They just hired a TA who is older than my mom and doesn't want to work with any "difficult" kids because she said she won't be able to handle them. Ummm...what did she think she was going to do all day? Sit and knit??? I have nothing against older employees but they need to know what they're getting into.
     
  11. Master Pre-K

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    I would look into some of the senior daycare centers, some of the local city county offices - where they have drop-in sites for adult learners. Also the libraries are definitely a good place to start hunting for alternative sites for teaching a class, definitely the park districts would be a place as well.

    Look into some of the nursing homes and maybe start by asking to volunteer to be a companion... someone who is willing to read to residents. Then you could put out an inquiry for some people who are more higher functioning, would like to maybe learn a second language. You can connect with their adult children and set up some private lessons.
     
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    And if you’re not entirely computer friendly, forget about it. Because nowadays everything is linked up to your class SMARTBORD, attendance, lesson plans and grades on the computer/laptop/smart phone. Very few people want to hand you a paper check, or give you information in person, or over the phone. Apply for a job, have a physical interview, and the whole on boarding/orientation will be required at your house with your computer and your printer and your paper & ink. You just show up with your ID and that’s when you can start working.

    The only way to deal with some of these places is through email and on the website.
     
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