Extra Curricular Activities as supplemental incomeWhat ECA opportunities does your school/district offer? Do they pay well? Is it worth the time for the money? Please share your experiences?

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MaudlinStreet eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Like nearly everyone else, my site offers stipends for coaching positions, theatre, choir, band, etc. They also offer stipends for class advisors. I was senior class advisor last year, & it paid well (about $300 a month) but I will never do it again. I absolutely loved working with the students, and believe me, they worked as hard as they possibly could, but coordinating for dances and graduation is just not my thing. We had 400 graduating seniors, and our school guarantees everyone 10 tickets...plus we rent our city's convention center for the event. That's 4,000 people (bare minimum) in one room. Plus, I had students asking for 25 tickets or more. Then angry parents who couldn't get the extra ticket for the 3-year-old niece who would just love to see Susie graduate would call me in the middle of class. It got so bad, I would have 10 calls a period during my senior finals. I'd have students crying, revealing their life stories, & I'd have to stop & answer the phone to tell someone where the buses were loading for Grad Nite. It was definitely not worth it to me.

hustoncmk eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When I worked at a small, private school we were not paid any extra for working extracurricular activities.  I was the advisor for the students senate and we met fairly regularly and went to a week long camp in the summer.  I enjoyed it, so did not mind not getting the extra money.  All staff was required to work at 3 athletic events during the school year.  Many teachers did not like driving back to the campus for these.  I lived on the school campus, so many other teachers paid me $20/ game to sell tickets.  It worked out great.  My daughter was a cheerleader so I could watch her and I could grade papers while I was waiting for people to come in.  Parents and students liked knowing I would be there and that they could ask questions about what projects were coming up or about homework they did not understand.  The athletic director also wound up hiring me to sell tickets at every home baseball & softball game, once again, I coud interact with parents, grade papers, and help students while working the extra shifts.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As with most others here, coaching, school clubs and class advisorships all pay a stipend.  With a few exceptions (head football coach, Yearbook Advisor) they don't pay very much, typically less than $1000.  While personally rewarding, the amount of time required to advise these clubs and coach these teams well usually means you are earning less than minimum wage when all is said and done.  I also don't like the way coaching positions take away from the time and energy I have for the classroom, so I typically don't take them.

So if you're considering it, just don't do it for the money.  Mostly it just doesn't pay off in extrinsic ways.  Fun working with the kids though, of course.

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I taught in a small, private K-12 school for ten years and was senior class sponsor, graduation coordinator, NHS advisor, drama director, and whatever else needed doing.  The only one of these for which I got paid was drama, and even then it was only if there was anything left in the account after expenses were paid.  I was fortunate to get $1,000 for each play, fall and spring, and I was thankful for it.  That's the thing about extra-curriculars: if you see them as obligations, you'll never be paid enough; if you see them as opportunities, whatever you're paid will be a blessing.

kiwi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Often it is better to think of extra-curricular events such as these as assisting your 'day job': relationships with kids and parents tend to be better when you are seen outside a classroom. My school paid staff for lunch duty which I did in my first year of teaching. I also coached girls' football (for free). My classroom management problems eased significantly as I got to know students and parents quickly and easily. These relationships were worth much more to me than money in a tough neighbourhood.

missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I coach softball in addition to my teaching position. The stipend is generally around $2000 although it varies from coach to coach per sport. Generally football coaches earn much more.

A couple of other ways I earn extra cash are ways I also get my papers graded. I sell and take tickets at games sometimes so I can grade while there is little foot traffic. Saturday school is often a paid gig. I agree with Aunt Lori. If you can look at the opportunity as a benefit, you will certainly be blessed.

M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In my school we were offered the Robotix NXT programming, Dance/Cheerleading Coaching, Band/Choir and a couple more. I did three one year, made about 2,000 (paid along with my salary at the end of the school year) and the government taxed me nearly 47% of my earnings, leaving me with probably 1160 dollars from that check. So, basically I worked for $1 per hour for the entire school year meeting once a week. I don't know. I do it for the kids but...woW! It did hurt!

linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In my district, coaches of sports teams, band directors, and drama teachers get a small stipend. Since I'm not one of them, I don't know how small that stipend is. I am, however, the yearbook adviser at my school, and I believe I work just as hard and as many afterschool hours as the drama teacher. But I don't get a stipend--I just get the phone calls from angry parents who didn't like it that Susie or Johnny didn't smile right in the pictures. Sheesh!

teachertaylor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Along with coaching opportunities, my school offers paid positions for the school newspaper, the literary magazine, student government, and some other well-established clubs.  The club that I advise is new this year, so I won't be paid for it, but I don't mind--the students really do most of the work anyway (I just book rooms and sign off on their forms!).  But friends who fill paid extracurricular spots think that it's worth it.

trophyhunter1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I receive a very fair and much appreciated amount of money from a local college where I have been supplementing my high school  teaching salary for the past 10 years as an adjunct lecturer. I teach Environmental Bio and Genetics. The good thing is that this secondary job is pensionable when I retire, along with my regular job. If someone needs an intellectually stimulating challenge, the undergraduate level definitely is that.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Looking at all of this, I guess I was lucky.  I got around $3000 when I was the volleyball coach at my high school.  And I know that was not the highest salary/stipend given that I had little experience and was coaching a sport that was in the lower pay classification (our district splits sports up into two classes for pay).   There is certainly no reason to coach for the pay, as others have said.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Florida pays very poorly for ECA. As a yearbook advisor for many years, I never received more than $800 before taxes for the entire year. Newspaper responsibilities paid far less--several years for as low as $200. As a baseball coach, I received $900. For the hours that I put in, the totals came to below MINIMUM WAGE. Hopefully other states don't follow Florida's disgraceful lead.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Wow! Interesting experiences! I have marked national exams (GCSEs) in the British education system before and depending on what level you mark you can earn roughly about £1600 for doing it, but it is backbreaking, miserable and time-consuming work where you have to accept that your social life is going to die a miserable death during those 5 weeks.

martinjmurphy eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are small stipends for several activities at my junior high school.  Most of these ar for coaching sports.  The money is not very good, especially when taxes etc. are taken out.  I think it is only worth doing if one enjoys the ECA.  Most people who do these activites do it because they enjoy it, not because of the money involved.

karam13 | Student

sorry I meant to  say chose freely

karam13 | Student

I baby sited once and found that baby sisters can chase frelly,I got around about $120 each month