Hating my new aide position.. vent!

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  1. lindsey923

    lindsey923 Rookie

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    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!
     
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  3. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    I'm sorry you're feeling unhappy in your aide job.

    From what I've seen at my own school, aides don't often get hired as regular classroom teachers. The school is much more likely to hire from within the sub pool. That's not always true everywhere, but it has been my experience.

    If I were in your position, I'd stick out the year, be the best darn aide they've ever seen, and start looking for a regular teaching position next year.

    Good luck to you.
     
  4. Kristi

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    I'd have to go with Caesar753. The only thing is are you getting benefits in this position? if so, do you need them? Subs don't get benefits.
     
  5. lindsey923

    lindsey923 Rookie

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    No benefits.. better pay than the subs. Four of us are new hires this year and we are all certified; two even have masters!

    The reason I took the job, aside from it being one of the top 20 districts in the state, was because a close friend of mine was an aide for two years in a different but very comparable district that was run by the same man as director of special services and just got a second grade teaching position this year. I figured if it worked for her it could work for me..
     
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    I did. Several of our teachers have. I have to admit though that I basically went above and beyond as often as I could, offering my help to anyone I could, attended extra functions, listened to what teahers were saying and if I had an expertise in something, I offered to help prep it, etc. A cheerful, "if you would like, I can do that for you!" went a long way. I had a great teacher I worked under though who was good at using my services. One was so good my boss wanted to transferred me because she thought I was being abused. No! I wanted it. Another teacher under utilized me. By then I was friends with other teachers and I knew one didn't have enough support so I asked for more prep work and I took it back to my domain. I've asked the behavior specialist if she had things she wanted me to do, etc. I've sat in on other meetings, professional development, etc. One time I asked for a specific professional development because I had been doing some research. Before I knew it, I was teaching a professional development workshop. All this stuff didn't happen overnight. It was lots of networking and lots of listening and lots of offering myself. I even did some stuff on the weekend. It was obvious I was a hard worker. I got noticed by teachers, by admin and even by higher admin (because people reported they loved my workshop and a vp from another building took it). I also tutored and did volunteer work in the community and let people know I did this.

    I know some places don't, but in my case it worked.
     
  7. Unbeknownst

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    I think cutNglue hit the nail on the head.

    My suggestion would be to become enveloped in the art of teaching, regardless of anything else.

    Once you "lose yourself" in teaching, the natural consequence will go above and beyond -- not because it'll look good, but because you're having such a good time doing everything "teaching," you'll want to volunteer your services just to fulfill that need.

    That's a lot like driving a standard vehicle though: I can explain it as many times as you'd care to hear me, but until you pop the clutch and shred a gear or two, you won't be able to get your head around it.
     
  8. waterfall

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    I think that totally depends on the district. We don't have aides except in severe & profound classes, which isn't a program we have at my school so I can't really say for my district. I know my dad's district has a lot and they absolutely will not hire an aide for a teaching position. If that person is a great aide, they don't want to lose them in that position. If they're not so great, well of course they're not going to want them to get a shot at a teaching position. I have heard of people getting teaching jobs after being aides though, so I think it totally depends on the district.
     
  9. smalltowngal

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    It depends on the district. I was an aide for a year and a half. I LOVED my job, but had my master's and was looking to becoming a teacher again. There were no jobs open at the end of the year, but my principal said that he was trying to get me hired as a teacher. An opportunity in another district became available and I took it.
     
  10. kpa1b2

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    I think it depends on the school/district. At my current school, my TA became a 4th grade teacher. At another district not too far away, there would be no chance of that happening.
     
  11. Jlyn07

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    I agree with the others, it definitely depends on the district. I was a TA for 2 years and just got hired in a different district as a teacher last week. I interviewed in my old district 3 times (2 as an employee) and was never hired as a teacher.

    Part of being a TA is doing copying and other stuff the teacher can't get to but still needs to get done by someone. Sure, sometimes you might feel like a second class citizen but you're also learning a lot. You're teaching SS to small groups - that is great experience to put on your resume.

    I would definitely keep applying for jobs.
     
  12. Teachforlife

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    Despite all the good advise you hear here, you need to do what's best for you depending on what you know about your school district.
    If you are not happy, that will reflect at work. Do your best and try to keep a good attitude, but if you see that being an aide will get you nowhere, find something else that will.
    I currently work as a sub in a district that has only hired cert. teachers for their paraprofessional positions. This is a really sought after district that makes a teacher practically jump through burning hoops to get hired. I also hear about teacher after teacher that started as a para there. But if your district doesnt utilize paras as teachers, you need to get yourself whereever they do utilize people to teach! Make sense? I hope it doesnt sound like I'm talking in circles.
     
  13. Ms. I

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    Sorry about your frustration. As they say, never quit a job until you have another lined up...that is, unless maybe you're married & your husband has a good enough job to support you both OR you have enough $ saved to support yourself for a long time. So I'd keep the aide job, but you b etter beileve I'd be making appointments with other principals in he dsitrict & very actively looking for teaching employment.

    I went from being a substitute teacher to a speech-language pathologist, which is virtually unheard of, but I am in grad school for it now & I realize I have an immense amount to learn. Plus, I stayed within the same dstrict, although another district wanted me too, so of course it's not impossible whatsoever. I certainly don't believe that being an aide is being in a dead end job.

    Good luck!
     
  14. snapples

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    I aided for the last two years and this year decided to quit and sub instead. I totally know how you feel, I would be left out of lunch, conversations, and not always acknowledged when I came in the room. I also felt overloaded with work, I aided for four 1st grade teachers, and spent about an hour with each every day. It was scary to quit this year but they all understood that I needed to move on, I have my credential and have been trying to get a teaching job for years. I'm actually subbing for those teachers now and like it so much better! I hope everything works out for you!
     
  15. sizzla_222

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    I am also an aide at a small school. I am hoping that it turns into a teaching position next year!
    The principal yesterday asked what I was thinking of doing next year, then he said they will have a 3rd grade class opening.... so I am hoping that I can get that position!
    As an aide, the whole week I look forward to teaching three 40 minute periods of social studies and working with a few students that do online school all week! They are the highlight of my week, so I definitely hope it turns into a full time teaching position.

    I work at a small christian school so maybe it is different here compared to a public school.
     

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