“Primary instructional?”

Discussion in 'Substitute Teachers' started by CoffeeCat27, Dec 31, 2019.

  1. CoffeeCat27

    CoffeeCat27 Guest

    Dec 31, 2019

    Hi, I’m very new to this world (December 13th), and I have a question in Frontline (AESOP). The subject/grade is not always displayed, but one available job says “primary instructional” where the grade or subject would be. It’s a school of grades 3-5, if that matters. Any idea what this means? It’s really tough not having an idea what you’re signing up for, so I try to only take jobs that do specify the grade or subject (there’s so much uncertainty in this job as it is). But that’s not always possible. Thanks!
     
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  3. MrsC

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    Dec 31, 2019

    In my area, this could mean that you would be covering a variety of classrooms throughout the day while teachers are involved in meeting or PD.
     
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  4. CoffeeCat27

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    Dec 31, 2019

    Ah, thank you! I’ve seen the term “floating substitute” used for jobs covering teachers’ meetings, but this was the first time I saw this term. I had signed up for the job already because I’m new and have the attitude of “learn by experience,” but now I feel much better about this day!
     
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    I'm not sure, either, but it struck me funny that grades 3-5 would contain the term "primary", usually reserved for grades pk-3. Grades 3-4 are a transitional grade (in terminology). To make my post more confusing (sorry), when I was growing up in the 60's, elementary was K-6. Now 6th and sometimes 5th are middle school. I've also seen "intermediate" used for grades 4-6.
     
  6. CoffeeCat27

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    Jan 2, 2020

    Yes, I also saw “primary” and I thought of pre-K. But I looked up the school online and it’s a school for grades 3-5 only, which I also found strange. It’s still concidered elementary school, so I don’t know. It’s in a different district than I am currently familiar with. Well, this assignment is the 8th, so I can post what it turned out to be after that.
     
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    My first impression was that you are the primary classroom teacher in a class that also has a co-teacher for students with special needs. As the primary, things like lunch counts, attendance, recesses, and possible duties would fall on you.

    That said, I will be looking forward to someone actually reporting back as to what that designation really means in the subbing world!
     
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  8. CoffeeCat27

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    Jan 8, 2020

    *sigh* They pulled a fast one on me. It turned out to be a co-op with highly special needs kids renting a room in this school and I was subbing for one of the paras. I am really upset: There was no indication this job would be working with special needs kids, a field I have zero experience or training in, and no indication it was a para/aide job rather than teaching (which affects my paycheck). How can they not specify these important things so you’re not blindly accepting a job you’re unqualified for/uncomfortable with?

    That being said, I was somehow able to find a way to communicate with each of their unique needs, and the day was more pleasant than most of my other subbing days = being thrown into a “regular” class that has 4 special needs kids and no para/aide. I’ve been having a lot of exhausting and terrible days...hopefully the rest of the week goes okay.
     
  9. vickilyn

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    So sorry that we were all wrong about what the job description actually meant. It is so far off that it is almost a bait and switch, but giving the benefit of the doubt, perhaps the person listing the job was desperate to fill it, but was afraid a more honest description wouldn't yield any takers. Too bad that what it has done is leave a bad taste in your mouth and made you suspicious. That's actually worse.
     

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