You would have much less skin in the game if a career change in "retirement" meant doing some part-time teaching work - if that is even in the cards.Plz wrote: ↑Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:22 pmAfter some time marinating on your post, I’m still not sure why wanting to become a teacher during retirement is insulting. I never said it would be easy or that I could land a job without trying, I simply said I think I would enjoy it.warner25 wrote: ↑Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:48 amDepending on what you mean by "teacher," you should know that comments like this are terribly insulting to teachers. When my wife was a high school math teacher, she was working 70-80 hours a week with lesson prep, grading, tutoring, and other duties, and frequently coming home in tears. It was anything but part-time or enjoyable. I guess you could be a sub, but that's less about teaching and more about babysitting.Plz wrote: ↑Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:11 pmPart time or full time, whichever tickles your fancy. Also it doesn’t necessarily have to earn $1000/month. It could be more or less, as long as it’s not zero.
Personally, I think I would enjoy being a teacher, but haven’t really thought about this in depth, so I figured I’d ask all of you
Before I jump to any conclusions, could you please elaborate on what you mean? I’m not trying to pick a fight at all, I just want to make sure that I understand fully, because becoming a teacher later on in my life is something I am seriously considering.
Our household has been in education and can attest to some long hours during the academic year, but with all of the Fall/Spring breaks, holiday breaks (2-3 weeks at Christmas), and Summer vacations - if you want to average out the actual number of hours worked - the balance is not that bad. You're looking at about a 18 week Fall Semester and more or less about the same for a Spring Semester for public schools (minus the Fall/Spring breaks). 2-3 weeks Christmas Holidays between the two of course. Then you get a 12-14 week hiatus for Summer.
Adjunct work at a Community College, or small private college in your area within your speciality niche may indeed be one way to pursue it. Many have a non-traditional student (adult education) segment that offers evening/weekend/online courses both at the institution, or even at a satellite campus. Your main competition for landing some of that work would be from the actual professors at those same institutions who are trying to pick up some extra income to supplement their base salary/teaching load in the traditional M-F classes. The only way to find out what is available is to check the job postings at their websites, see the qualifications required, and then apply if qualified. Other possibilities could include teaching courses in your niche via your city/community center that offers small group classes, parks & rec classes, etc... . Perhaps even getting hired to do some teaching work in basic skills classes for the unemployed at the unemployment office is a possibility.
In terms of any public school teaching, the certificate/licensure in your state for the age group is required and would be the largest hurdle if you don't already possess your teaching license. You might have a better chance at being a teaching assistant or associate as both are a fairly decent part-time job (especially if you are qualified for working with special education students and ESL).