Design Your Dream Teaching Job

Design Your Dream Teaching Job According to the recently released MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, more than half of teachers are at least somewhat interested in taking on hybrid roles that combine classroom teaching and other responsibilities in their school or district, with 23 percent saying they are "extremely" or "very" interested in this option. Meanwhile, 51 percent of teachers currently hold leadership positions in their schools, such as "department chair, instructional resource, teacher mentor, or leadership team member."

Why do you think teachers are so interested in work that occurs outside the classroom? What would your dream school position--hybrid or otherwise--look like? Why would it be better for both you and students? What would need to change, in terms of mindsets, systems, etc., to make that job a reality?

Hybrid Roles That Offer More One-on-One Time With Students

Ilana Garon Reading other participants' posts in this roundtable discussion about hybrid teacher roles, it occurred to me that I was in the minority for not daydreaming about a role that included administrative duties along with regular teaching. While other teachers envisioned roles in school leadership, instructional leadership, or professional development, the role that I envisioned was simply one that would give me more time to talk with the kids one-on-one. Briefly, I felt guilty about my lack of administrative aspirations; shouldn't I be aiming higher? As a teacher, I'm interested in the effects of policy decisions at the state ...


Making Your Dream Teaching Job Happen

Lhisa Almashy Have you ever bought a new car and then found that, all of a sudden, every car you see on the road is that kind of car? Or sometimes this type of thing happens when people are expecting a child and could swear that, wherever they go, they see pregnant women. Our consciousness is such that we tend to see and experience what we become aware of. The same has been true with my dream teaching job since my initial posting. Of course, it has been on my mind, and in reading the other posts and comments in ...


Teachers Leaders in Career-Coaching Roles

Ariel Sacks Ilana Garon's first post in this series, entitled, "A New Type of Hybrid Role: Teachers as Life Coaches," caught my attention. It is about teachers coaching students in their social-emotional development, something she'd like to have more time to do without leaving classroom teaching. As Brooke Peters puts it in her recent post, hybrid roles can fill gaps in schools. As these roles become more common, though, how will teachers and school leaders sort through the myriad options to maximize job satisfaction for teachers and serve the needs of the educational context? When I first saw Ilana's reference ...


Hybrid Positions: Making Space for Teacher Leadership

Linda Yaron Deep change is systemic, sustainable, and cross-cuts multiple layers of educational structures. It comes from the top down, bottom up, inside out, and outside in. As it is becoming increasingly clear that cultivating teacher leadership is essential to improving our educational system, we need to institute teacher-leader structures on a wide scale so that teachers do not have to leave the classroom or burn themselves out to enact deep change. This means: 1) Teachers need to be a structured part of the solution; 2) Spaces need to be created for teachers to be part of the solution; and ...


Filling School Voids With Hybrid Roles

Brooke Peters I've been thinking a lot about possible hybrid roles for teachers that would be meaningful and would also fill often-unnoticed voids that are present in many schools. I started by considering some of the hybrid roles I've seen this year as I have traveled to 47 schools in 20 states with my colleagues as part of The Odyssey Initiative. I've also dreamed up a few roles that I would like to see in schools (and try out for myself if I ever get the chance). Everyone Teaches: Many schools could possibly do more with less if everyone in ...


Creating a Multi-Layered Teaching Position

Ariel Sacks I promised I would teach for at least ten years. Now, in my ninth year, I may never want to leave the classroom. Working directly with students is where the action is in education, and the challenges and rewards inherent in this work keep me engaged year after year. No one teaches in a vacuum, though. There are several layers that surround and impact our teaching lives. Often, these layers don't connect, which frustrates teachers and stunts progress. My dream job is a hybrid role that would provide the dedicated time and space to focus on each layer—and...


Building a School Around Teacher Leadership

Brooke Peters A hybrid teaching role has been a dream of mine for years, and as my colleagues and I continue to visit innovative schools across the country as part of our project, The Odyssey Initiative, the topic comes up over and over again. Throughout this year, we have also been envisioning our own dream school and have discussed several possible hybrid roles in an effort to create a school community that involves all stakeholders in decision making and empowers teachers to be leaders. We know this might not be the easiest way to structure a school, but we think ...


Combining My Passions Into One Teaching Job

Lhisa Almashy I think that when anyone reflects on living their dream or working their dream job, they can't respond without including the word "passion". I am very blessed because, as a teacher, I am living my dream job at its core—teaching is my passion. What I would like, however, is to expand the core of my job so that I can incorporate my other passions, creating a well-rounded dream job that utilizes my skills and talents while balancing the time commitments. For example, I love coaching. I have been a coach for as long as I have been...


Building Bridges By Reconceptualizing Teacher Time

Linda Yaron There are countless gaps that exist in education: between policy and practice, research and practice, teacher-preparation programs and schools, districts and schools, schools and the communities they serve, teachers and administrators, achievement gaps, technology access. You name it, there is an identifiable gap holding our education system back from fulfilling its fullest potential. Yet in the space between the gap, there is hope. That hope lies in the bridges that can be built between gaps by reconceptualizing the role and time distribution of an educator's work. We need to blur the lines between not only classrooms and their ...


A New Type of Hybrid Role: Teachers as 'Life Coaches'

Ilana Garon One week, the 10th grade girls in my school were having a lot of "drama" due to some rumor that one girl had said something about another girl; they were now split into two rival sides, and a parade of girls were coming tearfully to me between classes and during lunch because they were worried about getting "jumped," wanted to blow off some steam, or just had their feelings hurt. I felt like I was putting out many small fires, and I just didn't have enough time in a day to give these girls the attention they needed. ...


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