Teachers are always busy. Teachers also seem to be wanting new materials. Is this because we get bored or those materials become obsolete? Either way, during a recent ride to work I was listening to the podcast, “Side Hustle School,” by Chris Guillebeau a number of interesting side hustles (side jobs) for teachers dawned upon me. Someone might already be doing these but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for another provider.
Idea #1 – Create template positive letters, emails, notes home to parents.
If you are a teaching reading this you’ve likely sent more than one positive email home about a student’s performance. Certainly, after a number of years some of those letters were quite similar. Certainly you could begin placing the messages into categories such as behavior, test performance, recent improvements, etc.
A growing library of these that teachers shared for profit would be a pretty hands off way to earn income once the initial products were made. These would be quite similar to those who sell pre-made resume templates and lesson plans.
These items could simply be created Google Docs, converted to pdfs and sold on a site like TeachersPayTeachers.com or on a teacher’s own blog and sold using a tool like Gumroad or even through Amazon.
These items could be marketed to fellow teachers and administrators. These could also be marketed on Facebook. They could be marketed through Twitter, in teacher forums, etc.
Imagine the power of knowing how many children’s day. Imagine all of the proud parents.
Idea #2 – Create study guides to go with popular tv shows
The current generation of students has access to a seemingly infinite amount of entertainment. This can be seen as a challenge for teachers. Well, it is a challenge for teachers. It is also an opportunity.
Tv shows that are on Netflix, Youtube, Amazon Prime, cable, or anywhere else isn’t likely to make up a significant portion of a curriculum. They could be used to enhance and enrich skills that are taught in school. They could be used as vehicles for additional learning after school or during summer.
Would a student not be more likely to characterize an antagonist from their favorite episode of The Walking Dead or The Flash? This would also help with the lack of background knowledge many teachers face in the classroom.
These items could be produced by teachers of all subjects using the same methods as above. They could be marketed the same way as well.
Please leave a comment below. Is this something you’d be interested in creating OR using as a teacher? Something similar? Thanks!