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Private School Teaching

Once you have graduated from your teaching program and are ready to find your very first job as a teacher you will have to make a choice – public or private? While private schools are much more difficult to find jobs in, they do have their advantages.

Smaller Management

Unlike public schools, which are practically drowning in bureaucracy, at a private school you will find a much more streamlined and efficient management structure. When you have an issue at a public school it can take weeks to resolve as your problem gets passed on upwards through the massive chain of command, through layers and layers of administrators. At private schools the chain usually consists of teachers, department heads, school heads, and the board. This means problems get resolved much more quickly.

Smaller Classes

In a public school environment the average class size ranges from 25-30 students. This can be a lot for any teacher to handle, and it means less time spent helping individual students. In a private school the class size ranges from 10-12 students. At parochial schools the classes may be slightly larger at around 16 students, but overall the classes are a far more manageable size. This means you can focus on your students and ensure that each of them understand the material completely, instead of hoping that the stragglers get enough to get by.

Smaller Schools

Public schools can have hundreds, or even thousands of students, so it is difficult for teachers and students to feel like they are part of a community. Private schools usually top out at 300-400 students, which makes it easier for everyone to get to know each other and feel like they belong.

Flexibility

Many teachers feel stifled in a public school environment, where their teaching methods and creative lesson plans have to meet with the school board's approval. In a private school environment, teachers have much more autonomy to choose the curriculum they want to teach, and the freedom to decide how they want to teach it.

Greater Resources

Instead of striving to pinch pennies and make ends meet at your local public school, you will have access to a wide variety of resources when teaching at a private school. Most private schools are well funded and give their teachers a fair amount of flexibility when it comes to outfitting their class with the right resources for teaching.

Teach All Levels

At most public schools the curriculum is geared towards the average, and in general those who are a head of or behind the curve get left in the dust, as there isn't enough time or resources to create classes for these students. In a private school environment you will get the opportunity to teach groups of students who really need your help in keeping up, as well as those who are far ahead of their classmates and need a real challenge to stay invested in their education. As a teacher you can explore the curriculum in more depth than before in order to help the students understand, and you can also venture into new topics that most public schools will never get a chance to go near.

Fortunately, you don't have to stick to any decision you make regarding private school vs. public school. If you take a job in one area, this doesn't mean you are stuck for life. It is a good idea to talk to teachers on both sides to find out what their jobs are really like, and what they enjoy and dislike about their jobs and the teaching environment they operate in.


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