Where Your Teaching Certificate Can Take You: 6 Alternatives to Teaching in Traditional Public Schools

Free public primary and secondary education are cornerstones of the US educational landscape. Public schools exist because of funding from the local, state, and federal governments. In return, public schools must admit any child that lives within the district or school boundaries.

Public school gets a lot of flak from people who think its methods are outdated and incompatible with today’s economy. Complaints range from there not being enough parent involvement to overcrowding to too much (or too little) reliance on technology to students not being prepared for college and/or careers. And lately, with the controversy over the Common Core State Standards, it seems like many teachers are wondering if there are any alternatives to teaching in public schools.

Welcoming Refugees Into Your Classroom

Walking into a new classroom for the first time can be anxiety inducing for students and teachers alike. If that new classroom is also in a new country, with different traditions, practices and expectations, the challenges become exponential.

More than 14 million people worldwide have had to flee their homes and become refugees to escape persecution and war.

Should Schools Implement a Uniform Dress Code?

One of the many extensive debates in education includes the discussion of school uniforms. Uniforms have existed since the beginning of formal schooling but its meaning and value has long changed. Educators argue for the enforcement of uniforms while others advise they not necessary for schooling. Traditionally, uniforms have been used in private school institutions. Today, however, more and more public schools have been integrating uniforms in their systems.

Money Matters

How much do you know about budgeting, money sense and basic economics?

If compound interest and risk diversification are foreign concepts to you, then you are not alone, a 2015 Gallup study found that two-thirds of adults worldwide are financially illiterate.

Advanced Training Options for Teachers: Cultivating Your Practice

Being a professional means constantly staying on top of new research and practices. Just like doctors, lawyers, counselors, and accountants, teachers in most states are required to earn continuing education credits. These credits might be from college-level classes, district-provided professional development, conferences, or workshops. The requirement ensures that teachers continue to develop their skills and stay current on effective pedagogical practices.

There Will Always Be Feedback: Deliberate Practice and Teaching

I know that this isn’t exactly good news for rookie teachers, but after sixteen years of teaching, there was never a time when I had it all figured out. I made mistakes almost every single day, and while they got smaller and less painful, those little failures never went away.