Comments…Policies for K-12 Online Teachers

All teachers are welcome here! I invite and encourage all comments on my blog, and I will make a diligent effort to respond back to as many as possible. As teachers, we are professionals, and I would expect that as we share our experiences with each other, we can do it in an adult and professional manner. Please feel free to post a comment on this blog, but be professional (you never know who might be reading). I like to tell my students that I have only three rules:
Respect, Responsibility and Relationships 

If we take the responsibility to respect each other, we will definitely form some wonderful relationships.  Let’s keep that in mind as we blog about this online life of ours.

Some common sense stuff…

Teachers, you know that students may be reading this blog, so please refrain from making comments which include offensive or inappropriate language, or considered by the blog owner and administrator to be rude and offensive; this blog is moderated and any such comment will be edited or deleted. You all know how to play nice; you learned in Kindergarten. Because of the nature of this blog, there may be comments about or pertaining to educational institutions, and you should know that all comments within this blog are the responsibility of the commenter, not the blog owner, administrator, contributor, editor, or author. By submitting a comment on our blog, you agree that the comment content is your own, and to hold this site, K-12 Online Teachers, and all subsidiaries and representatives harmless from any and all repercussions, damages, or liability.

In a nutshell: Post away, but play nice!

I’m happy to meet you!

Laugh a little; learn a lot; live long!

6 thoughts on “Comments…Policies for K-12 Online Teachers

  1. Hi Viki,

    I’ve enjoyed reading your insightful blog, but I was wondering, do you have any advice for online school administrators when it comes to online teachers? How can we make your work the most enjoyable possible?

    Christy

  2. Hi, Christy,

    I’m so glad you enjoyed reading my blog! As for advice for online school administrators, I would say the most important thing you can do to help your teachers would be to be supportive and allow your online teachers the flexibility to do the work according to their own schedules. Sometimes, a school will require work to be done at specific times, or in “blocks” of time, like preset 3-4 hour blocks, and most online teachers have trouble adhering to such rigid schedules. For instance, I work for five different institutions, and fortunately, they allow me to work at my own pace, on my own schedule. If they all required me to set up daily, 3-hour blocks of time for office hours, for instance, I would be in a heap of trouble trying to make a schedule that works for everyone, and I would never get away from the computer. Trust your teachers to know how much time and when to spend it working for your school; they are professionals, after all, and understand the need for self-discipline.

    Something else that I believe is important, if you don’t want to have heavy turnover, is to not micro-manage your online teachers. Unless you offer full-time work, your teachers probably work for more than one online school, and their time is precious. If you fill it with lots of little extra projects, in addition to the regular work of facilitating discussions and grading assignments, you will soon find your teachers becoming unhappy, stressed, and unable to meet all the requirements. Their quality of work will go down, and everyone will suffer. For instance, it’s not unreasonable to ask for regular progress reports, like every quarter, or midway through a short course, but asking for weekly progress reports could take up too much time and is not usually productive. Strive for quality, rather than quantity!

    Those are two items that are important to me, but if there are any other online teachers out there who would like to also respond to Christy about what administrators can do to make the online teaching experience more enjoyable, please feel free to comment!!

    Thank you for stopping by, Christy!

    Take care,

    Viki

    Laugh a little; learn a lot; live long!

  3. Hi Viki,
    Just came across your blog and am hoping it is still active. I am looking into online teaching as I need to stay home with a child. So am wondering the best places to search for a job. How do you discern if something is legit or not? I know of k12, and Connections Academy but that is about it.
    Thanks ~Alison
    Alison

    • Hi, Alison!

      I’m glad you found me, and yes, I’m still active, but I don’t get to do as much writing as I would like to. In fact, I need to write something current, but time escapes me.

      The best places to search for a job for online teaching is to search for online schools or online classes. At the school’s site, look for “Career Opportunities” or “Employment.”

      The companies you mention are big conglomerates, and they are your best choices for starting out because they work with public school systems. They will give you some online experience, and working for them will let you know if you feel you can handle the workload.

      Full-time jobs online are rare, but you can work part-time for multiple schools, which will give you a good income. It won’t happen overnight, but work will come if you are persistent. You might also want to explore other kinds of educational jobs, like tutoring or test scoring.

      I hope that helps!

      Thanks for stopping by, and I wish you well.

      Viki

  4. Does Connections Academy, K12, or other online schools generally have non-compete clauses? In other words, could you teach full-time job with one school/company – and work part-time for another?

    • Yes, most of the large corporations do have non-compete clauses, so you could get in trouble for working at another school part-time. I stick to small and private schools; that way my teaching license works for more than just one state, and they don’t have non-compete clauses, at least so far.

      I hope that helps!

      Thanks for stopping by, and I wish you well.

      Viki

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