Professional Development: Alternative Careers for Teachers

For a variety of reasons, people with teaching degrees often don’t go into the teaching field, or leave it at a certain time. Maybe it’s difficult to find a job, perhaps budget cuts have eliminated their roles, or teacher burnout has reared its ugly head once again.

No matter what has happened, teacher sometimes find themselves seeking out new positions. With that in mind, today’s centerpiece article on addresses alternative careers for educators and what they might be. Janelle Cox, a frequent (and TeachHUB Magazine) contributing writer and a seasoned educator on the East Coast, outlines some ideas for those seeking other types of jobs. Her ideas include:
  • Librarian/Media Specialist
  • Health Educator
  • GED Teacher
  • And More!

Janelle sum up her article like this, in a paragraph entitled, “School Administrator”: “As a school administrator, your job is to be the head of the school. If you are a natural born leader and love to be in charge, this is a great option for you. However, in order to have this type of career, you will need a master’s degree in education administration.”

What do you think of these alternative career options? Did we leave any out?

Teaching Strategies Using the Sunday Comics

Teachers take note: The Sunday comics, those humor-tinged, drawing-based inserts in every Sunday newspaper, can be wonderful teaching strategies!

The comics’ fun illustrations and humorous story lines can draw in even the most reluctant of readers.

Today on, frequent contributing writer Janelle Cox, herself a seasoned educator, extols the virtues of the anachronistic comic strip, and offers up ways that teachers can use comic strips to liven up a language arts class. Janelle’s ideas include:

    Improve Sequence Skills with Comic Strips
    Change the Dialogue in a Comic Strip
    Create a New Comic Strip
    And More!

You can even have students create their own comic strips that illustrate important events throughout history, for instance the first man on the moon or the Emancipation Proclamation.

Do you have any fun ways to teach with comic strips?