Tutoring for a living is often seen as a way station between completing your teaching degree and waiting for your first full-time teaching job. But have you ever considered the benefits of tutoring alongside your full-time position? Certainly, the extra income is always a help, but beyond that, it gives educators an opportunity to adapt their teaching skills to an entirely different setting and reap the rewards of having been an intimate part of a child's success.
A Professional Boost
Being able to add tutoring to your resume is a big plus, says Victoria Evans, an academic intervention services reading teacher at Northern Parkway Elementary School in Uniondale, New York. "This helps show that you can teach and interact with large groups, small groups, and individuals," she says. Evans, who began tutoring grammar school students in reading comprehension 10 years ago, believes having this experience makes you a stronger teacher overall.
One of her colleagues, resource room teacher Mary Ann Shapiro, privately tutors elementary school students in reading comprehension, writing, and math, and believes tutoring is critical to improving her teaching craft. "Professionally, I get to further use the knowledge and skills that I have learned," she says. Because tutoring requires educators to go beyond simple textbook learning, this additional teaching time helps support and understand different learning styles. "When applicable, I will use materials in the classroom that I have used during my tutoring sessions. This gives me an opportunity to perfect the lesson. One on one, you see the strengths and the pitfalls of a particular lesson," says Shapiro.
Both Evans and Shapiro say that the personal benefits of tutoring are substantial as well. With more intense help, students who have been falling through the cracks make gains, Evans says, and she wants to be a part of helping them grow academically, socially, and emotionally. Shapiro agrees that there is great satisfaction in knowing that you've been a part of helping a child improve not only their grades and confidence but also their social and emotional well-being.
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