If you are a preschool or kindergarten teacher, homeschooler, or person who works with littles in the 4-6 age range, this post is for you! I've been busy at work creating some new, inexpensive resources that are simply print and go for Back to School and the fall season! Check out some of the new products below!
Sunday, August 1, 2021
Sunday, January 31, 2021
Valentine's has ALWAYS been my favorite my favorite holiday. When I was in the classroom teaching, I absolutely LOVED Valentine's week. I still love it!
Thursday, December 3, 2020
I've been adding some new products to my Teachers Pay Teachers store this week, and have quite a few more planned throughout the month of December. Most all are for preschool aged students, though some are for older students or for teachers and their classrooms, as well! Check out the new ones so far:
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Today, a student was hesitant. He ran off camera and I hear mom tell him, "just say 'no thank you'". As the boy comes back on screen, I see another child sit closer to the camera and say to the first boy, "no is an okay option." The first boy says, "no thank you", I say "okay", and we move on.
"No" is an okay option. All children should know this. All adults should honor this. Confidence grows at different levels and rates. Encourage, yes, but always allow children to grow at their own pace and as they are ready.
The picture above is of a review from the parent of the child who used his words today to say, "no thank you" when he wasn't quite ready to show off his ninja moves to the class. It reminded me how the little things make the biggest differences. I want ALL children to be able to participate in my classes, whether they are outgoing, shy, nervous, or excited. They should all feel welcome and encouraged.
Today, I realized the importance of this little mantra I tell my students each week. I hope that you will also see its significance as you interact with and teach children, as well!
Sunday, October 18, 2020
So it's been five months since I first started teaching on Outschool. Since then, I've answered tons of questions from people interested or curious about teaching on Outschool, too. I figured I'd throw up a super honest review and insight into exactly how it's gone for me.
As far as flexibility, this "job" is the best. It is an independent contractor position, so you can schedule your own classes whenever you want. Need a break? Don't schedule any classes. Simple as that. As I've gotten deeper into it, I am refining when I like to work and for how long. I'm finding what my limit is (read: at what point do I feel like dying?), and am learning to schedule myself for the perfect amount of time.
While many older students started to head back to school in August/September, I found (along with other teachers) that classes geared for older students came to an almost stand-still. My typically full coffee shop classes for older kids were hearing crickets. Fortunately, the younger groups, and in particular, my "ninja" niche, are alive and thriving. So, I back-burnered the older kid classes until later, and upped my ninja classes. These classes have continued to be in high demand, and I'm unable to keep up with the demand that I'm currently seeing. I'm already getting booked into January 2021 for classes. So, that being said, Outschool can flow up and down with age groups and needs. Be prepared to not have all your eggs in one basket, and plan to have things that do well at different times during the year.
Ok, so the thing everyone always really wants to know...can you actually make money on Outschool? The answer is YES, you definitely can, and especially if you find the age groups and classes that are successful for you (understand, this may take some tinkering and you may not find your niche right away). I am averaging about 20 classes/week, which works out to about 10 live hours of teaching/week. I have minimal prep work as I primarily teach the same, already planned sessions over and over and over. My best month (also the month where I thought I would die of exhaustion...remember, I teach physical/movement classes), I made $5100 working 10ish hours/week. This is after Outschool's portion (they take 30% for the platform, advertising, teacher support, etc.), but before taxes (which I have to pay on my own since it's a 1099 position). This week, almost exactly five months in, I hit the $20,000 mark. My teacher stats page says I've taught 176.3 hours, making this work out to $113/hour (pre-tax). That's some dang good money. Plus, I've taught 1,315 different students from all over the world, which I absolutely LOVE.
If you have something you are passionate about, and if you love teaching, I definitely recommend teaching on Outschool. It's fun, flexible, and is a great way to supplement your income while staying at home with your kiddos! If you have questions, ask me! I'd love to help you out and answer any questions you might have!
Sunday, June 7, 2020
A year and a half ago, I shared with you all about my new favorite homeschool resource, Outschool. At the time, it was primarily for homeschoolers. As a teacher, I've always wanted to explore teaching on that platform. Buuuuut, it always came back to that magic word: time. I just didn't have any extra time to explore an entirely new platform and method of teaching. In rolled the quarantine. Which, despite all the obvious negatives, had some major blessings. More family time. Knocking out house projects. Finishing up an ebook I wrote but never published. Trying my hand at Outschool.
So a couple weeks ago, I decided to apply to Outschool. I was accepted and got right to work. It is an independent contractor job, so once you are accepted and your classes are approved, you are entirely in control of what you teach, when you teach, and how much you charge. My only regret is not jumping in sooner.
Outschool has experienced a MAJOR influx of students due to schools across the world shutting down (it's an international platform), and although they hired tons of teachers, the demand is still causing classes to fill well, especially the fun ones!
I initially scheduled a handful of little ninjas classes-playful martial arts classes for young kids, and figured I'd just see what happened. My first week, I fully booked all 5 classes. My second and third week were the same. I've now taught 17 classes, all of which were full or almost full (I offer more than just the ninjas classes). I am in love! I love teaching anyway, but this is just so fun! And, I can do it from my own home while my kids are playing downstairs.
Along with ninjas classes, I've been teaching some entrepreneurial classes, kitchen classes, and even some on budgeting. There are endless possibilities. I've had a few classes that were "flops", but overall, I'm finding good success.
If you are someone who loves teaching or has a passion for sharing what you love, I highly recommend Outschool! I'm doing something I love, making great money, AND I get to be at home with my kids nearby.