There is a forum for everybody but the aides, so I didn't know where to post. This week I'm realizing and feeling that different teachers have different perspectives about what an aide's role is. For me and my classroom, I feel my teacher and I have different job roles, but we are peers and we are both working for the same common goal. In the same respect, I don't feel like I work FOR my teacher. I very much feel like I work WITH my teacher. I am blessed. I know this. Lately though I feel from other teachers that it is okay to tell me what to do in a way that makes me feel like I'm their employee. It bothers me to be taken for granted and treated like a tool instead of a person. I am a highly educated and highly motivated individual so I even volunteer my time after work hours weekly to help out. I have no problems doing that. It's not expected of me. I do it because I care about the students and the job. I love it. I realize not every aide approaches it the same way. I'm trying to keep a cool mind about the fact that different teachers have had different experiences with aides and all have different perceptions. I messed up though when I confronted a teacher (something I'm not good at) about her ordering me (in a false asking way) to work with her aide to do all the lesson planning for the upcoming st. patrick's day party. I'm not her aide and I felt she took me for granted. I also felt it isn't the aides role to do any lesson planning. I do lesson planning all the time, but not because it is EXPECTED to because it certainly isn't my role. I did mess up with my approach to her and I'm nervous tomorrow. What is your perspectives? I can see how some teachers may feel that aides are there to do what they want them to do hence the title "aide." I just have never been treated like I was my teacher's employee so it's hard for me to see another side. How can I help fix this?