I began a job in a great school district as an aide this September, hoping it would lead me to a full time position. I haven't even made it through month two and I am already realizing that this district hires basically only leave replacements to fill their open positions. I feel almost like a "second class citizen" every day.. most of the time I am barely acknowledged by the classroom teacher unless photocopies or laminating or some other menial task is needed. The highlight of my week are the four periods during which I get to teach social studies to a small group of LLD students. I am seriously starting to wonder if I am wasting my time here.. do aide positions ever lead to teaching jobs? Should I just start looking for something else, like a maternity leave? I am going crazy from boredom and feeling like I could be doing so much more.. to make matters worse, the teacher that I work with for most of the week is going out on leave for the rest of the year, and the replacement is barely old enough to have graduated college!