For Administrators

Teaching Jobs Outside the Traditional Classroom

By Brian Gatens March 17, 2014

I have yet to meet a successful teacher who does all of the necessary lesson preparation, classwork, and grading between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Instead, the best teachers give of themselves throughout the day, into the night and very often into the weekend.

The good news is that teachers with a knack for efficient time management often find that shorter (formal) workday and longer summer breaks afford many opportunities to pursue other education-related positions. Here’s a look at the most common ones:


By the time you begin as a classroom teacher, you will have amassed hundreds of hours learning how to teach and mastering your subject matter. If you can work out the schedule, there’s nothing stopping you from putting that experience to work with students outside the classroom.

As a tutor, you can work directly in your subject matter, or you can help families and students develop the necessary study and work skills that will support your success in the classroom. The important thing to remember is that you must be aware of your district’s policy on tutoring students—you should never tutor a child currently in your class.

Curriculum writers

With the continued rollout of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), all school districts have undertaken massive revisions of their curricula. As a result, you can use your experience to work with districts that need help creating “scope and sequence” documents and with writing unit plans based on the new standards.

Along with the solitary work of writing these documents, you can work with school-based teams to help them write the plans on their own. This is a great activity for the summer when most districts address these issues.

New teacher coaches

The CCSS have renewed the importance of effectively preparing newer teachers for the classroom. As an experienced teacher, you can work specifically with teachers in your district as a paid mentor, but you can also help with the teacher-preparation programs at local colleges.

There is no more fulfilling experience than helping brand-new teachers, who are typically filled with a mixture of excitement and trepidation, during their time in the classroom. It’s also a great way to pass along some decorations and class handouts that you’ve “outgrown.”

Camps and summer excursions

The longer summer breaks for teachers also offer time to work in local and residential camps. You can use your student management skills and natural enthusiasm for working with children to succeed in a camp setting. The best part is that your interactions with children are usually much more carefree and fun than those during the school year.

Another option is to use the summer break to chaperone trips around the country and around the world. Tour companies love to hire teachers because they are responsible, know the children well and share an enthusiasm for learning. Not a bad way to spend your summer.

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