I was wondering if any of you have had experience teaching for a prep company like TPR, Kaplan, etc. and what your experience has been like / which ones you recommend? Just any thoughts in general would be helpful.
its cool the 2nd time around or so... first time is crazy cause you are nervous but by the time you teach another class you are much more relaxed.
definitely know your material... or you will get eaten up
I'm an MCAT instructor for Kaplan and its been a blast. It was a rough start, but that seems to be the norm. Once you get into the swing of things it becomes a lot easier. And yes, the students have high expectations, but if you keep your cool and give them the impression that you're generally on your game they'll forgive the occasional mistake. The most important thing is making them feel confident that they made the right decision by coming to class.
As far as calling the teaching "a blast", I'd have to disagree. I think teaching would be really fun if you could present the content in your own way, and (relatively) at your own pace. The TEL does indeed standardize the lessons, but at the cost of forcing many otherwise talented teachers into mediocrity.