Long-term frustration....

Discussion in 'Substitute Teachers' started by niseixtenshi, Oct 5, 2007.

  1. niseixtenshi

    niseixtenshi Rookie

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    So, I started off this year (first day of school) w/ a long-term position because the original teacher is on medical leave (until at LEAST february). No lesson plans were left at all and I'm basically doing everything that the "real" teachers are doing w/ no benefits & sub pay.

    I'm doing everything from parent conferences (one day will go until at least 7pm), back to school night, grading papers, tests, planning, filling out paperwork for the resource specialists, going to numerous meetings, field trips that are BEYOND the school day hours.

    I feel as though my life is just filled with working & sleeping - then repeating. I'm just wondering...is this normal for a long-term sub...or am I going beyond what I'm supposed to do? :help:
     
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  3. MrsC

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    For now, until the permanent teacher returns, you are those students' "real" teacher.

    Our long-term subs (especially in a position as lengthy as yours) are expected to do the planning, marking, reporting, planning, meetings, etc. From September to February (or longer) you are that teacher. In my board, after a certain number of days (I think 16) in the same position, the long term sub is paid as a permanent staff (but I'm not sure how benefits work).

    I don't mean to sound harsh, but if you don't do those things, who will? It's important that you look upon yourself as the "real teacher". For a day-to-day sub it's sometimes okay to say, "That's not my responsibility; I'm only a sub", I don't feel that it's okay when you are in the same classroom for at least 6 months. By putting your all into your job, you put yourself in a good position if something permanent opens up.

    As far as having your life filled with working and sleeping--welcome to the world of teaching! :D Many of us "real" teachers, feel exactly the same way. Take some time for yourself this weekend--go for a long walk in the woods, curl up on the couch with a book, go to a movie with a friend, have a glass or two of wine while watching a favourite show.
     
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    smalltowngal Multitudinous

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    :agreed: MrsC.
     
  5. INteacher

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    Many people see LTS as a foot in the door. My school corp is much like Mrs. C. After 15 days, you are paid as a teacher but you do not get benefits. View this as a chance to impress the faculty, admin. and school corp with your dedication, knowledge and professionalism.
     
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    I had a LTS position last year and I was paid more than a sub, I had no benefits also. Are you getting paid that same as a sub?
    What district?
     
  7. niseixtenshi

    niseixtenshi Rookie

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    Mrs. C- Thank you, you just told me all the reasons for why I took this position in the first place. I just need to remind myself of that somtimes :)

    It's just hard when i'm basically getting paid practically the same as a day-to-day sub ($15 more a day). Then again, it's not really for the money...it's the opportunity. I may end up being the Long-term for the entire school year. HIRE ME ALREADY!~ (wishful thinking!)

    I would LIKE to have a position here some day..but at the same time...I'm restricting myself from being a exposed to another school if I don't get a position.

    O'well...must stay positive. At least I enjoy teaching these kids and feel as though I'm gaining a whole lot of experience. :)

    T.G.I.F.!!
     
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    While you are doing the LTS position, make sure you have the Principal and/or the Assistant Principal do a formal observation. It's good to have for your portfolio and use as a recommendation letter.
     
  9. MrsC

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    Excellent advice, vsimpkins. Recommendations from the principal during my long term sub positions led to my permanent contract.

    niseixtenshi--It's easy to get overwhelmed! Focus on doing the basics really well, add in the "extras" when you can. And remember, while it is true that you aren't being seen in lots of schools, you are gaining invaluable experience in planning, reporting, and communicating with parents that you can't get as a day-to-day sub.
     
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    Thanks, yeah, they have popped in several times *unexpectedly* and left me positive feedback. ;) whew~
     
  11. MtotheC

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    I hope your teaching is going better now. I did maternity subbing for the first 8 weeks of school. She had general lesson plans, but not specifics, and you never can follow it exactly anyway. We were pretty far behind in science because the class I had is called "REACH" and are below their grade standard. It's pretty tough. My husband was upset at first because I was CONSTANTLY grading papers and staying at work until 4 instead of coming home at 3 when we were allowed to leave. He knew that this is what I want to do, though, and I care about students too much NOT to do all that stuff. We also had to move the classroom to the farthest possible portable at the end of school property. It really felt like mine by the end, but of course I only got teacher pay after 20 consecutive days in the same classroom. No benefits. Bleh. I hope you're managing better now, and remember to leave school at school. If you have a family, they don't deserve your job encroaching on their time. I had to learn that after my husband reminded me that it will be there the next day. Will those 10 year olds really care if they don't get their math homework returned the next day? Of course not.
     

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