Self-Enrichment Teachers

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Also known as:
Ballet Teacher, Ceramics Instructor, Citizenship Teacher, CPR Instructor, Dance Teacher, Defensive Driving Instructor, Driver Education Instructor, Driving Instructor, First Aid Instructor, Horseback Riding Instructor

ABOUT SELF-ENRICHMENT TEACHER CAREERS
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Learning simply for pleasure or for personal improvement is called self-enrichment. It's a fast-growing field in education. The people who provide the instruction are called self-enrichment teachers. Classes range from music or crafts, to courses on subjects like family budgeting, computer skills, and scuba diving. In fact, there's probably a self-enrichment class for just about any topic you can imagine.

Unlike formal schooling, attendance is mostly voluntary. Classes tend to be scheduled for evenings and weekends. Teachers must speak clearly, feel at ease in front of a class, and be able to present their instruction in an interesting way. They are expected to prepare lessons before classes and keep up to date on their subjects.

The main educational requirement for these instructors is expertise in their fields. Teaching courses that deal with issues of safety may require special certification. Most self-enrichment teachers work for public or private education institutions, such as colleges or boards of education. Some work for providers of social assistance or amusement and recreation services.

Jobs are usually part-time and rarely include benefits. Employment prospects are good. More and more people are interested in learning for self-improvement or just for the sheer fun of it.

SNAPSHOT
Teach or instruct individuals or groups for the primary purpose of self-enrichment or recreation, rather than for an occupational objective, educational attainment, competition, or fitness.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
LOW
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
LOW
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
LOW
Communication with others
LOW
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
Daily tasks

Attend professional meetings, conferences, and workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.

Select, order, and issue books, materials, and supplies for courses or projects.

Review instructional content, methods, and student evaluations to assess strengths and weaknesses, and to develop recommendations for course revision, development, or elimination.

Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers, contests, or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.

Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required.

Enforce policies and rules governing students.

Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.

Meet with other instructors to discuss individual students and their progress.

Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.

Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.

Prepare and administer written, oral, and performance tests, and issue grades in accordance with performance.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Training and Teaching Others Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
Coaching and Developing Others Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Foreign Language Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
TOP SKILLS
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.