Let me preface this by saying that I am speaking specifically of the paras I work with, and I am not accusing any paras on A-Z of being incompetent or irritating. I'm sure you're all wonderful! Anyway.... Does anyone else find that managing/supervising paras is sometimes just as much work as teaching and managing the kids? They're supposed to be there for support... and they are needed, without a doubt... but lately I'm feeling irritated with the managing paras aspect of my job. :| This week alone I've dealt with the following para issues: - One para calling in sick and not having a sub two days in a row, leaving me in a bind during my IEP meetings. - Another para talking my ear off during my plan time when she was supposed to be another room working with a student. - The same para taking a half day off with no sub. - Yet another para going to the union over the fact that we decided to stop spoiling them with extra-long lunch breaks and scheduled them to start taking the standard 30 minute lunch (which doesn't go against any policies and is still five minutes longer than any certified teacher in the building gets). - One of those same paras leaving work early with no notice. Not a big deal really, but just the straw the broke the camel's back... for the third time. - Again, one of those same paras not communicating with me when she didn't understand something and messing up the instructional materials I had prepared and not correctly preparing others I had asked her to help with. - Another of those same paras just not "getting it" when I try to explain to her how to implement the lessons. It's not her fault. She's not a teacher. But, it just bugs me that I can't teach all of my lessons myself. - Still another para who can't seem to figure out how to check her email and thinks I'm the person she should come to every time. I'm just irritated right now. I have enough on my plate without having to deal with adults who either a) behave like whiny children, b) don't understand the importance of their job and show up (emergencies and severe illness aside), c) can't stay on-task and do their job, and/or d) can't problem-solve. I find that I'm constantly picking up the pieces the paras leave behind instead of being able to devote my time to the kids and my teaching. :crosseyed Thanks for allowing me to vent.