Discussion in 'Teacher Time Out' started by nyteacher29, Apr 22, 2014.
Apr 22, 2014
Does anyone have any information in regards to working there? Looking for something for the summer
Apr 23, 2014
I worked there for a summer, and honestly I didn't feel as if it was worth it.
The pay is hourly, and totally dependent on the student showing up. Many times I showed up for a 2 hour session, and the student had cancelled earlier in the day or just didn't come. When this happened, I was told to go home and didn't get paid. This was a regular thing and happened at least once a week. No matter how many hours I put on my availability sheet, they had so many employees that we typically got less than 10-15 hours a week if we saw all of our students. When one or two cancelled, then it was less 2-4 hours.
All of the work came from binders that were made by ripping out pages of outdated workbooks and stuck into plastic sheet protectors. Students would answer with a dry erase marker. They would do pages and pages and pages for the two hours they were there, and some where there for more than two hours. Very little teaching was done. With the younger students we basically just corrected their work when they were finished, and then "taught" them how to find the correct answer. For the older students you watched over a group of 4-5 students and again just corrected their work.
And I found the whole idea of the company to be unethical and against what I believed in as a teacher. The work given to students was not aligned to any standards or anything that they saw in school. They also were typically given work that wasn't introduced yet in their grade or a few grade levels above so the center could show the parents how the student was "struggling".