And I’m a teacher, just like you. I’ve always had a knack for sharing my knowledge with others and the greatest satisfaction I feel is when I see those big lightbulbs lighting up above people’s heads.
Let’s be honest, people who go into teaching are usually deeply passionate about it! They, or we (because that’s me as well) love the language #languagenerds, can’t help but share our love for it (hence the ocean of language-related content on social media😁) and feel really passionate about connecting with people and helping them reach their goals.
In my 14-year career as an English teacher, a CELTA teacher trainer, a manager in a language school in London and finally, an online language school owner, I’ve got to know the language teaching world inside out. Language education is a very specific field with very special people going into it. They sometimes go into teaching by accident (that was my case😂) but stay for longer because it’s just so satisfying!
But there is a darker side to it. Teachers either work in state/public schools and often get burned out and lose their passion for the job because of tons of bureaucracy or work for language schools that, well, aren’t perfect either. The jobs aren’t stable and the schools often ask teachers to work with people at all sorts of levels, ages or with different abilities for very little in return. When asked why teachers can’t be paid more, the managers always talk about some profit margin BS and say that ‘teachers knew what they were signing up for’. Did they? (Btw that is an actual conversation I once had)
But there is a way out that many teachers soon discover. Freelancing 🤩 So many teachers I know start by having some private students on the side where they can teach what they want, work when they want and charge as much as they want. Well, at least in theory…