Like it does for individuals in all professions, retirement eventually comes calling for teachers. And after a career of helping students learn, grow, and thrive, there are several ways retired teachers can continue to make a difference in education — while enjoying a greater level of flexibility.
No matter the grade level or subject, tutors play an important role for students at all stages of their development. Tutors assist students in everything from the occasional homework assignment to standardized tests and everything in between. Tutoring is a natural next step for teachers who have spent decades exploring various subjects — and how to best communicate important concepts to students.
There are several ways retired teachers can become tutors.
- You can work for a tutoring center or agency like Mathnasium — there are many different tutoring companies, with different specialities, around the country
- You can become a private tutor, connecting with prospective clients on services like Wyzant, Care.com, Upwork, as well as through your own network.
If you’re looking to continue to make a difference for students in the classroom — with the flexibility that comes with being retired — substitute teaching might be the perfect fit.
There are several ways that retired teachers can become substitute teachers. You can sub directly for a school or district (this is often a relatively straightforward transition if you were previously a full-time teacher in that school or district), or you can partner with an organization like Swing Education.
There are pros and cons to each approach, of course (you’ll be more familiar with the people and students at your existing district, while an outside organization like Swing might provide greater flexibility and a wider variety of teaching opportunities). Either way, you’ll continue to help students while earning some always-useful supplementary income.
If substitute teaching sounds like the right fit for you, get started by filling out this quick registration form!
As a former classroom teacher, you likely have plenty of experience grading tests of all types, and this skill can come in handy in retirement as well. There’s a need for qualified individuals to score a wide variety of tests, ranging from AP exams to the SAT and plenty in between.
Many teachers possess strong writing skills, and this ability can serve you quite well in retirement. One of the most convenient and flexible ways to do this is as a freelancer via an organization like Upwork, Hubstaff Talent, and Fiverr. These sites allow you to highlight your background in education and writing, and they’ll connect you to clients who will contract with you for different projects.
Of course, you can also start your own blog or write a book about the topic of your choice — there are plenty of paths you can take as a retired teacher with writing skills!
If you’re looking to continue to teach in retirement but would prefer to do so from the comfort of your own home, virtual education world might be the right fit. Organizations like Qkids, Odysseyware, Teachaway, Flexjobs, and many more connect qualified teachers with students via the internet. The growth of online learning has resulted in an increased demand for web-based teachers, and many of these opportunities are flexible and part-time.