5 Perks of Teaching in a Small Town
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You finally received a teaching position! Congratulations! But it’s in the middle of nowhere!
Teaching in the city does not sound very adventurous, unlike teaching in a big city. What if we could convince you to give small-town teaching a chance by telling you the perks you cannot get in the city? Read more to find out the top five perks to teaching in a small-town school.
Fresh air and less noise
The smell of freshly cut grass fills the air on your drive to work. It is such a beautiful day that you roll your window down and soak in the sunshine. Doesn’t that sound amazing? Teachers in rural small towns get to experience this every day! There are green trees everywhere and a bright blue sky above you. There is barely any air pollution besides the tractors that work in the fields. Unlike the city, there is no smog. They say fresh air is good for you and they could not be more right.
When you are teaching in the countryside, there is far less noise. You will not hear obnoxious honking of car horns or the hustle and bustle of the streets. All you will hear are chirping birds and farm animals. Peace and quiet during a lesson is all a teacher could ask for. Teachers are hardly ever interrupted by outside noises and can keep their windows open without worrying about the noise level.
Learn more: The Health Benefits of Fresh Air
In some small towns, you could count how many cars are on the road with one hand. Teaching in a small rural town allows for less traffic on your way to work, guaranteeing you make it on time every time. Sure, there is always going to be one traffic light that has a long line, but that is nothing to worry about. Any true small-town resident knows that back roads are your best friends when it comes to beating traffic. Road work, an accident, or line of tractors, you name it, anything could happen on the road to make you take an alternative route.
Seeing students and families outside of class
Small towns are the perfect opportunity to run into your students and their families. Some teachers and students, for that matter, may feel awkward at first seeing each other outside of school. For teachers, this is the perfect opportunity to see how your students behave outside of class and get to know them on a personal level. Younger students especially are more willing to interact with their teachers outside of class. Parents will want to get a parent-teacher conference in the middle of the grocery store and talk about all the good their child has done. Teachers can take those opportunities to connect with their student’s parents to learn new things about their students.
Older students can be a hit or miss when interacting with their teachers in public. Many teens have social anxiety or could assume seeing your teacher in public is the most embarrassing thing in the world. They may not feel the need to talk to you in public if they feel comfortable talking to you in a classroom setting. A parent will always want to talk to a teacher no matter how old they get – even in college. There is something wonderful and special running into one of your students and watching them grow up.
Unusual town and school traditions
Some small-town schools have the craziest traditions! One of our interns went to a school where students could bring their farm animals and tractors to school. Students could get out of class to pet the animals and hang out in tractors; it was called AG Day – how crazy is that! There are schools all over the world with traditions that you cannot experience in a city school. Small town school traditions do not have to be as wild as AG Day, it could be as simple as a Homecoming, Prom, or a senior’s only event. For teachers, this is a fantastic way to bond with your students and learn about their traditions.
Small towns love to get involved to help out their local schools. A prime example of the town helping out with school traditions is Homecoming. For anyone who does not know, Homecoming is a large event including a football game where alumni are invited to attend and dance for students. The local high school has a parade that performs around town to show school spirit. This is a great opportunity for teachers to also show their school spirit.
Learn about the town and community
The last perk and of the most important is learning more about the town and community. The town is represented by its people and the values they share. Small towns give off a home-sweet-home vibe that is hard to find in a city. Teachers can feel a real part of the community.
Learn more: 5 Reasons You Should Teach in a Rural School
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- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.