Teacherpreneur Tactics Blog - Fall 2018

blog - fall issue 2018 Nov 04, 2018

Welcome to all my new subscribers here and to those who recently joined my LinkedIn Group Teacher to Teacherpreneur. In this Fall issue, I discuss a growing trend in alternative career information for ESL teachers, mention the MWIS Panel at TESOL and include five new Teacher to Teacherpreneur interviews.

Career Connections - A Growing Trend in the ELT Field


Last week, I was part of a panel at the annual TESL Ontario conference (in Toronto, Canada) to discuss alternative careers for ESL teachers.  There were approximately 85 teachers in attendance.  My particular section addressed how to earn income from online sources.  Do you think that more and more conferences are addressing this issue?  A teacher friend of mine recently told me that she is having trouble finding supply ESL teachers at their school.  It makes me wonder if fewer people are enrolling in TESL programs due to the lack of full-time or permanent positions in my part of the world.  What do you think?  I have attached my PowerPoint presentation here: Career Connections - Earning Income Online 


TESOL Panel – Atlanta, March 2019

One of my responsibilities as Chair of the Materials Writers Interest Section, TESOL International is to organize panels for the annual convention. For the upcoming conference, MWIS has partnered with Career Path Professional Learning Network to put together a panel called Materials Writers Are Entrepreneurs.

This panel has been designed to meet the needs of TESOL professionals at all stages of their career paths. Teachers, teacher trainers, materials writers, administrators and other educational experts have numerous skills that can be utilized in and outside of the classroom to assure career growth and satisfaction. Learn from a panel of successful TESOL materials writers as they discuss how to develop and use professional skills to maximize excellence in materials and diversify professional activities.

Panelists will include Liz England, Principal, Liz England Associate; Walton Burns, Alphabet Publishing; Teresa X. Nguyen, ESL Garage and published author; Annie Marie Fowler, Speak Confident English; Jennifer Lebedev, Founder and Owner of English with Jennifer.

Please let me know if you will be at the convention so we can meet in person!

Teacher to Teacherpreneur Interviews

For some reason, I thought I didn't have very many "new" interviews but was surprised to see that I have five new interviews for this issue!

Suzanne Rajkumar is one of the hardest working teacherpreneurs putting in 14 hour days in Honduras. She developed Codebreaker - a game which helps students excel in their language learning and develop their confidence. She believes that becoming a teacherpreneur ensures our survival as teachers. https://www.teacherpreneur.ca/blog/suzannerajkumar 

Anne Marie Fowler started her online company after a 20-year career in ELT.  Even experienced teachers like Anne Marie have doubts about becoming a teacherpreneur.  "Stay true to who you are and what you want to do, put your head down and do the work, and you’ll be able to accomplish far more than you thought was possible".  https://www.teacherpreneur.ca/blog/AnneMarieFowler

Tracy Sherriff has always had a side hustle or two and enjoys finding ways to turn her passions into things that create additional monthly revenue. Read more about Tracy's successful side hustles and her challenge with conquering "imposter syndrome".   https://www.teacherpreneur.ca/blog/TracySherriff

Nik Peachey is a very creative and well-known Digital Product Developer, Materials Writer and Author in the ELT field.  His advice about facing your fears of putting yourself out there?  "There is nothing to lose but your fear.  In the end, it comes down to the saying, It's the things you don't do and the risks you don't take that you end up regretting." https://www.teacherpreneur.ca/blog/NikPeachey

Interesting in teaching online?  Check out this website first!

I recently connected with Bernard Kuhn, the genius behind Teach English Online - a great website that provides a breakdown of more than 20 online companies. Bernard provides the location of the company, the hiring requirements, hours, overview, interview information, review, and a rating.  http://www.teachenglishonlne.com  Here is my teacherpreneur interview with Bernard. https://www.teacherpreneur.ca/blog/BernardKuhn

I'm always looking for teacherpreneurs to interview, so please get in touch!


Teacherpreneur Resources

1. Social Media Make-over

Do you know how to use social media to boost your online presence? Do your current social media profiles promote you positively and professionally? If not, the Social Media Make-over Checklist for Teacherpreneurs will help give you a social media make-over!  I had a lot of fun designing this resource because I love social media. Click here to download the resource  https://www.teacherpreneur.ca/store/n2numXvH

2. Don't forget to become part of my LinkedIn group.  There are more than 120 teachers in the group.  Don't be shy!  Everyone is at a different stage in their teacherpreneur journey. https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7060976  

3. Read more than 70 inspiring teacherpreneur interviews http://www.teacherpreneur.ca/blog

4. Get a copy of The Essential Teacher to Teacherpreneur Toolkit http://www.teacherpreneur.ca   

5. Download 10 Tips to Transition from Teacher to Teacherpreneur. https://www.teacherpreneur.ca/p/10-tips-to-transition-from-teacher-to-teachepreneur

6. Set up a private coaching call with me to help you get started.  https://www.teacherpreneur.ca/pages/book-a-coaching-session-with-me

7. Connect with me on social media. Teacherpreneurs must be on social media!  

Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/teacherpreneur2
Twitter     https://twitter.com/teacherpreneur2
LinkedIn   https://ca.linkedin.com/in/patricepalmer1
Pinterest   https://www.pinterest.com/teacherpreneur2

P.S. Please forward this email to other teachers with an interest in transitioning from teacher to teacherpreneur.  


About Me

My name is Patrice Palmer, M.Ed., M.A. CPP and I reside in Canada. I have more than 20 years’ experience as an ESL Teacher, TESL Trainer, and Writer including 7 amazing years in Hong Kong. I have taught students from 8 to 80 years in a variety of programs such as ESP, EAP, Business English, and language programs for new immigrants in Canada.  I'm now a teacherpreneur doing the things that I love such as writing, providing coaching to teachers as they transition to teacherpreneurs, delivering workshops on teacher self-care and applying the science of positive psychology or human flourishing to everything I do.  Please get in touch with me at teachertoteacherpreneur.ca



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