The best and the most memorable learning experiences are those outside the walls of a classroom. So, great, you love to impact the world through teaching but what happens when the confines of a school setting frustrate your time, relationships and status?
It is alright if you cannot imagine working any other field but education. The good news is that you can remain in the educational sector yet not going to the classroom or not necessarily becoming entangled to the frames of a classroom. You can impact the world in many other refreshing, relaxing and commendable ways.
Beyond the Classroom learning has been around for a while, but it isn’t really going anywhere. Why?
It is for a fact that beyond the four walls of a classroom, teachers play important roles in the lives of the wards in their care. They impact what and how these students learn daily in the classroom. In fact, a teacher’s encouragement and nurturing help students to do their best in achieving their goals. Aside from the responsibility of educating students, teachers play an important role in shaping the character of the students. What this means for any teacher is that he or she will be a go-to person for mentees.
A study by The National Center for Education Statistics reported that between 2011 and 2012, a great percentage of people who left classroom teaching were happier with their new jobs. These teachers felt that they now had “more opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others” and of course, a schedule they can live with comfortably.
Here are five ways learning can be taken outside the classroom:
Many teachers sign a supplemental job contract alongside the conventional teaching job. This role aids students’ sporting skills even while it strengthens the relationship between the teacher and the student. Also, a coach can take up the role of a club sponsor which brings for a natural extension of their assignments after school hours and ultimately improves student performance. While this focuses on strengthening a relationship, the end result is that students can open up to teachers and that is a step towards tailoring education for students.
- Educational Consultant
Being a consultant, an educator works hand-in-hand with parents, school boards, and teachers to further shape the future of students by suggesting structures or technologies through which students can benefit from and have an overall qualitative education. Consultants find loopholes per curriculum, in relation to students and design viable solutions for teachers. A consultant designs and manages professional development programs for facilitators in colleges and universities. Simply put, a teacher’s teacher.
Thanks to the increasing awareness of homeschooling today, – which creates more jobs by the way – students are beginning to appreciate learning with the immediate environment and also enjoy acquiring knowledge in their place of comfort. Homeschooling makes it easy to relate the subject matter to the things students can see around them each day they wake up; also, it helps the facilitator to focus on individual problems encountered by students rather than having to worry about an entire class. Also, teachers can see and relate to families, which puts a rank on social reputation if done well. Experts say homeschooling is the smartest way to teach a child. There’s truth in that!
- Skill Development
Find a passion, learn the skill, pick a trade, understand the business, and teach the world! A professional skill developer can be the next rock star tutor in their community while earning a decent living for themselves in turn. Students love socially and vocationally-inclined activities; it can be a gold mine for the facilitator. From another perspective, a community could lack some basic services; a passionate teacher can pick one up and train students to use or sell their services to the community. The more the trainees, the higher the teacher’s rank.
- Online Instructor
Saving the best for the last, this is yet the most lucrative and the most time-efficient option of educating outside the class. The way it works, facilitators leverage on existing platforms over the internet to teach, aid and give value to any end of the world. Regardless the course he or she is proficient in, an instructor can have recorded materials put up online for on-demand tutoring that can only be accessed with a fee. Thanks to development in technology, these tutorials could be done live with several students across the world, all at both the facilitator and student’s comfort (regarding time, place and medium of communication).
Outdoor education not only provides opportunities for personal and academic growth but also improves engagement with the world, cultural appreciation and team-working skills for both parties. The better part is that this form of education is not limited by age, location or status. A classroom can affect how students think and work together, but a change in learning environment could increase their thinking capabilities, thereby allowing them to see things from different unique perspectives. Smart kids, are they not what we want for the future?
Oh and the best part? Out-Of-The-Classroom teaching affords you better shots at managing your time while building a great career for you.