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Career Ideas for Retired Teachers

by Anne Goetz, studioD

Just because you've retired doesn't mean you've lost your desire to teach. Chances are, you entered the teaching field years ago because you enjoyed imparting knowledge to others and witnessing their growth as your efforts took root. And while opportunities to sleep in and indulge in favorite hobbies are certainly perks of reaching this milestone, as a teacher, it's often not enough. The good news is, plenty of meaningful, challenging positions exist for retired teachers if you know where to look.

Stay in School

Some teachers stay in school and help develop or evaluate curriculum. Curriculum developers, sometimes called instructional coordinators, work with public and private school administrators to ensure that the courses being taught comply with state requirements, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Or, keep your teaching certification current and utilize your skills in the role of homeschool evaluator. As described by the PA Department of Education, a homeschool evaluator interviews homeschooled children and examines their portfolios to certify that appropriate education is taking place.

Write All About It

Whether your talents lie in children's fiction and poetry or you're more of a textbook-type personality, well-written, original text that teaches and demonstrates is always in demand. If you're unsure how to get started as an educational writer, take in a workshop like the one offered by The Highlights Foundation, a publishing giant in the world of educational writing. Or, sign up with a reputable online company who hires academic writers. These writers act as proofreaders, editors and more.

Get Involved

Summer camp programs, national boy and girl associations, local charities -- almost all of these organizations offer paid positions to people who have the needed credentials. Help blind children learn daily living skills or assist a local theater or organization in planning after-school educational programs. Check with your local chapter of The Retired Teacher's Association for online or printed job boards that list the opportunities available to someone with your particular skills.

Share Your Knowledge

Share your knowledge by becoming an online or in-person tutor. Online tutors typically sign up with an online tutoring agency. They answer questions and offer feedback on student assignments in both synchronous and asynchronous environments. Whether you see your students face-to-face or just provide answers to the questions they posed the last time they logged on, working as a tutor is a fine way to keep your own skills sharp while providing information that helps other people.

About the Author

Anne Goetz shares her parenting and career experience with North American Parent, Hagerstown Magazine, c0ws.com, Lhyme.com and a variety of other online and print publications. A mother of two with a degree in communications and a long history in management, Goetz spends her spare time hiking, camping and blogging. She is the author of the site, An Unedited Life: The Ultimate Blog for Freelance Writers.

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