Sometimes I try to avoid the question of what I do. I try to go with the quick answer that I’m an elementary teacher. However, this often leads to the questions of where? (Capistrano Connections Academy, a virtual charter school) or what grade? (3rd-5th), which then leads to more questions: how does that work? what does it look like? do you have a classroom? do you ever see your students? is that a real job?
I enjoy talking about what I do, but I’m never sure how much information the other person really wants to know, or how much time they have. I also feel bad for close family and friends that hear my continuous explanations. In any rate, it’s become necessary to develop a series of bullet points to concisely explain what I do:
- A K-12 Virtual School resembles an independent study program mixed with online college
- The majority of my virtual teaching time is spent:
- CapoCA is a virtual, public charter school – meaning no tuition for students and participating in state testing
- I don’t have a classroom. I split my weeks working in an office and at home.
- I’m part of the career ladder, so I also have leadership roles
Sometimes I hope that one day simply saying “I’m a virtual teacher” or “I teach the gifted 3rd-5th grade program at CapoCA” will be self-explanatory, but at the same time I’m happy to answer questions and go into more detail of what I do.
What do you think? Are you a virtual teacher with similar experiences in explaining what you do? Or are you just learning what a being a virtual teacher means?