One Year Only Para Position

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  1. Anonymous425

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    Would you apply for a one year only paraprofessional position if you needed teaching experience? I am currently working at a school part time (a non teaching position) and will have my certification soon (through ABCTE).
     
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  3. teacherintexas

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    It would depend on if it was for the current year or next.
     
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    It is for this year because there is only one semester left. They will post similar positions without that stipulation this summer.
     
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    I’d apply then.
     
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    Not sure I'd consider a para job as 'teaching experience' but it depends on the placement. Could you afford to sub?
     
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    It will give you experience with children, but in a limited capacity, since you will always be under the direction of the teacher. I'm not saying that is terrible, only pointing out the difference between making all of the decisions for a classroom pretty much for yourself, versus always turning to the classroom teacher for more directions if changes are needed. In most placements, you will be working with a student with special needs, since that's where most para's jobs are written into IEP's, so different experience, also. All of that said, if the money is better than what you are getting now, and perhaps there will be benefits, then it isn't the worst choice you could make.
     
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    For some reason, I didn't get notified about all of the replies to my thread. I am thinking about being a sub in a different district than I currently work at. I'm hesitant about it, but my district hasn't called me for an interview to be a sub.
     
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    Honestly, I have been a para for a year and I still have districts saying that I do not have enough experience. On top of that, I have a degree, I am working on a master's degree in education and I have passed 2 composite/generalist exams for EC - 12 grade levels. My current school's recruiter likes me and has met with me one-on-one to discuss resume, interview tips, and has even sent my resume directly to principals. Only one interview and no offer. It is just competitive, but keep on pursuing your dreams. If you really want to teach, it will eventually happen! You may also want to look into teaching at smaller districts where everybody knows everybody. My friends say that tends to work out well.
     

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