I recently accepted a position in a preschool program as a teacher assistant. I had a bad experience in a previous preschool which kind of left me "burned out".I was there for 2 years.(The school was very poorly run) I did have a job right after that, also teaching four year olds. Even though it was very demanding (head start, lots of paperwork!) I enjoyed it and I only left because it was seasonal (only ran for 6 months). I thought it would be great to be the assistant for awhile and see someone else's ideas and maybe get my fire for teaching back. I thought it might give me a little break. Well, the teacher has no experience working with preschoolers and while he has a degree in education it is in high school education, not early childhood. He is not even familiar with the basic state requirements such as sanitation, division of child development, etc. I know he was only hired because the director had no other qualified applicants to choose from and it was getting so close to time for the program to open. He only took the job because it works with his college schedule. He is working on his master's. I am qualified for the job, but I didn't apply until that position had been filled and the assistant's position was open. That's enough background. I have tried to give him ideas and help him with scheduling, center management and other things but he either doesn't understand or doesn't want to understand. I don't know which. He doesn't even do a circle time. He keeps all of the children at their tables and has them count to 20, count to 10 in Spanish, sing their abc's and do the pledge. They also do some stretching exercises. Then he tells them what center to go to. He tells some of the children to stay at the table for art. They have to stay even if they cry and want to go to another center. He then tells them what to draw and how to draw it. Throughout all of this time he is telling them they are going to time out or losing their outside time if they don't follow instructions. I hear this all day long. They even have to be silent at the tables for lunch. He has no idea on how to do a lesson plan or how to incorporate a theme into the daily activities. I have tried to explain all of this to him. I demonstrated a circle time with calendar etc. It didn't help. I have been to the director twice and she has talked with him. He still doesn't seem to get it. My question is; how much more do I try to help him? He is getting the teacher's salary, should I do lesson plans and continue to help him? I didn't mind offerning advice and the director suggested I do so but where does it stop? I don't want to end up doing his job for him. I don't like to listen to a lot of gossip from other people but the assistant in the other room who was there before me said he is lazy and only does what he is made to do. She also let me know that she had been to the director before I got there about him. Should I keep going to the director or should I just wait this out and see what happens. I'm thinking it can only be a matter of time before the parents start to notice. I just hate for the children to miss out and be treated this way. I've been there since Sept. 1st by the way.