NonTocareLeTete wrote:My lucky self has found a job where I simply get paid for the hours I teach and my teaching requires little to no preparation except what I do myself because I love my students and want to give them a treat. No homework grading, performances, telephone teaching, etc. Sometimes it takes time to find a gig like that. Best of luck to you. Oh, and remember- NOBODY IS LOOKING OUT FOR YOU BUT YOURSELF. You are your only advocate. These people are often NOT nice, they've been in the business a long time and they know exactly how to get the most possible work from a sweet, fresh-faced newb like yourself. Deal with them accordingly.
This is good advice that I'm committed too but I'm wondering if you, or anyone else, could answer how one is to know when you've found a good school/ job such as this? Like so many others, I'll be arriving mid-August w/resumes in-hand. I hesitate to admit this but I am totally that "sweet, fresh-faced newb" you speak of and am genuinely concerned about allowing myself to be taken advantage of. I really enjoy being cooperative and compliant despite that I also despise having my kindness exploited. I can't let this happen. How will I know when I've found a school worth my time? I can imagine some warning signs for bad schools, so what signals a good one?