If you really want a taste for how things are in your child’s classroom (and some extra cash), consider becoming a substitute teacher. When I used to work at a year round school, I would work as a sub during my times off. It gave me an instant snapshot of the classroom environment. I also loved seeing all the creative teaching ideas and learning how to work with such diverse groups of students. It may have a bad reputation, but working as a substitute is actually quite fun and rewarding!