A lot of people used to ask me these questions, “Do you have plans to go back to classroom teaching?”, “Why don’t you apply in public? You’re a licensed teacher.”, “Why don’t you like to go back?”, and many more about going back to classroom teaching. Oh well, I guess this is the best time to answer all of these questions comprehensively. I mentioned in my teaching journey blog that I had a not so good experience in teaching in a classroom. And just like any other careers, teaching is a broad skill that can be branched into different kinds of expertise. In my case, I was born to teach but not in a classroom set-up.
It’s hard to explain everything to people, especially if they don’t have the goal to understand. Regardless of it, the fact remains that I just fell in love with teaching online. I tried to shift into sales but I turned out missing the teaching job. Now, I’m back and more in love with this job. There are five main reasons why I love this job. Here are the reasons why:
- It requires no paperwork. – One thing that I hate about classroom teaching is the tons of paperwork that you have to do before, during, and after classes. It ate so much of my time way back 2014. When teaching online, the only thing that you have to finish is a very short lesson memo after class. It can be done while having the lesson with the student so before the time ends, you already have the memo and you just have to copy and paste it in the student’s record.
- Work ends when the shift ends. – Working as an online teacher leaves you no work after shift. When you get home, you don’t have to think about other things related to work because there’s nothing to think about. You also don’t have to worry about the next day’s classes since the lesson materials are already available once you go online for teaching. You can enjoy your rest days with your loved ones. it’s stress-free.
- The pay is almost equivalent or even greater than a school teacher’s salary. – Here’s my logic when someone encourages me to apply in public schools because of the salary. Why do I have to apply and be burned out in schools if I can earn the same or even higher amount of money without so much work and stress in online teaching? Most of the time, I hear my former classmates complaining that they do a lot of work even beyond working hours but the compensation is not enough.
- There’s no need for long-term commitment & extended responsibility with the student. – Being a classroom teacher is not easy. Your role as a teacher doesn’t end after the class, especially if you’re an adviser. You are responsible for the students’ safety even after class. If they fail in your subject, it’s also your fault. In online teaching, it’s different. Your role as an online teacher ends once your class is done. Everything that might happen to the student after your class is not your business anymore. I often teach free-trial students so there’s no long-term commitment with them. I often meet a free-trial student just once so if I encounter a hard-headed student, it’s not a big problem. I just let him go.
- I don’t feel like I am working all the time. – Teaching online is not that hard but it’s not very easy either. I used to teach kids aging from 2-12 years old. I am actually enjoying the fact that I teach in diverse. It’s like being an actress in a kids’ TV show. I dance and sing. I teach, draw, and write. I change my facial expressions and voice. It’s fun! I also teach adult students. Most of them are university students and businessmen. Most of the time, I just feel like I am just chatting with them.
As I write this blog, I have no intention to encourage school teachers to shift to online teaching. Being an online teacher is a calling just as being a school teacher. This is something I love that’s why I am doing this. Just as a saying goes, “Do what you love and success will follow. Passion is the fuel behind a successful career.” <3