Private/Independent Teachers... Question!

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  1. BreezyGirl

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    What do you love about teaching in a private or independent school?

    I have been offered a full time position in an independent school. I do love public, but it is so competitive here. I am on the sub list, but it can take years to get your own room. It goes something like this:

    TOC (teacher on call) for awhile.
    Apply for part time... 1-2 days a week. May take years.
    Once you get a small contract, you accumulate seniority.
    Apply for full time continuing... It goes by seniority.

    .7 and higher are continuing which means you're guaranteed a position each year. Anyone lower is essentially laid off and you reapply each year for a position.

    I love the school who offered me a position. I am just torn as public can offer more security.
     
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  3. swansong1

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    I have taught both public and private. I'm in private right now.

    I have much more autonomy in this position than I ever had in public school. This school provides curriculum, but I teach what I want when I want based upon my student's needs.

    There is no standardized testing here. No pressure to fit a year's worth of instruction into 9 or 10 months.

    My students are allowed recess, music, art, etc.

    I have a smaller class...that is a huge plus!

    I'm not worried about tenure since my state doesn't have it anymore, anyways.

    I like the fact that since it is a smaller school, the staff really gets to know one another quite well. The administration very often takes our ideas and puts them into action.
     
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    I spent all of my teaching career in a private school. There were many positives:

    Small class size
    Many preps (class went out to several specials a day)
    Good parent involvement
    Flexible administration
    Ability to adapt curriculum in any way necessary
    Awareness of individual student needs
    Input into school policies and plans
    No need for detailed lesson plans

    There were disadvantages, too:
    Lower salary
    No long-term benefits
    No special ed staff
    No school nurse

    All in all, I had the freedom to learn from my practices and mistakes in ways I wouldn't have in another setting. I loved the creativity I was allowed in designing lessons. It was a good experience until I felt that the school was not able to handle the special needs of too many of the students.
     
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    I agree with the above posts. I found the private school to be more student focused.
    In one of Malcolm Gladwell's recent books, he cites research on smaller class sizes. In many smaller classrooms, the teacher teaches the same way s/he would teach in a larger classroom, and in those cases the advantage of the smaller class size is diminished. I find that a smaller class size allows for better mastery of the outcomes by the students.
     
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    I did make the decision and said yes to the Grade 5/6 position. The more I think about it and the more I prep, the more I know it was the right decision. I am very excited!!!
     
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    Congratulations and Good luck!
    :thumb:
     
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    Congratulations! I teach in a private school and have for the past four years. I love it! There are drawbacks of course, but for me the positives far outweigh them.
     
  9. Obadiah

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    Congratulations! I hope you have a fantastic year!
     
  10. Upsadaisy

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    Good for you! Enjoy the year.
     

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