Misconception 3: Virtual teaching is a part time job & completely flexible.
Virtual teaching is a full time job and because we function similarly in schedule to a brick and mortar school(see #1), we also have regular contracted school hours. It’s not like tutoring that can be done at any hour or an online college class where you may be able to go at your own pace. A lot of people apply to my school thinking they will be able to work whenever they want and they’ll have extra time to run errands, take care of a sick loved one, do laundry, work another day job, but there simply isn’t time. It is a full time job just like any other teaching position.
The flexibility comes in with being able to work from wherever there’s wifi, the extra time you gain from not having a commute, and your lunch break (I may have taken a lunch nap or two…). I promise, no matter how long you’ve been teaching, your first year teaching online will be like your first year of teaching all over again and you’ll have to spend some extra hours on school the first few months while you learn to navigate the virtual world.