Long-term Sub Frustration

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  1. rhoyalt06

    rhoyalt06 Rookie

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    I'm starting to think I was lured in and hired under false pretenses and I am not one bit happy about it. Luckily I didn't sign any contracts and I am free to walk. I really despise being deceived. I was told that the teacher had taken a medical leave and would be gone until at LEAST March and there was a big possibility that she wouldn't return for the rest of the school year. I was told I would be getting paid one amount and then later I found out that this was a discrepancy and I would actually be getting paid less (I decided to ignore this minor issue and continue anyway). I was also told that they were not just looking for a substitute teacher but a certified teacher who could construct lesson plans, guide paraprofessionals, work on IEPs and lead instruction. I was so excited to be able to construct and implement my plans and eagerly planned things. I observed the students and the paras and familiarized myself with what had been going on. First warning sign....Where were the IEPs? I was told that the teacher had all this information at home and they would be contacting her to get it. (She had already been on leave for 2 whole months by this time). Second warning...all the students did was work on worksheets with help from the paras (that was ok, I was already brainstorming unique ideas to get them up and working on hands on activities). Third warning....Me to para: I notice that they are all working on the same worksheets, do they ever do work catered to their own ability but different from the other? Para (blank stare): no we always do the same exact worksheets for everyone but we just differentiate certain instructions. I don't think they should do different work....
    Fourth warning..the principal tells me hey we were wrong Ms. So-and-so won't be out all year, in fact she won't even be out until March. She has decided to return in January...
    Do you want to know the last and final warning? The warning that burst the bubble...Ok here goes....
    I get called into the principal's office and here is what he said....wait for it.... He wanted to clarify my role in the classroom. Since Ms. So-and-so is coming back sooner than we thought, I really don't have to do a thing. He wants me to sit back and let the paras teach and instruct as I observe them (observe, what is this college? And excuse me, did he say observe the paras? my turn to use the blank stare). I should also do whatever the paras think I should do. Also although he wants me to relinquish control to the paras, if anything goes wrong I am the one who will be blamed (yeah he actually said that)
    So basically I am the teacher on paper yet I am expected to perform the duties of a paraprofessional and observe and take orders from the other paras since "they have been there all year and know how things should run"
    I am still shocked and I honestly don't know what to think but I do know that this is not where I want to be. My instincts say RUN and RUN FAST!
    BTW I was called by an elementary school principal yesterday and offered the chance to interview for a long-term job there...(could this be fate...)
    What do you think about this situation? Am I overreacting? I have shared this story with a few friends and they seemed appalled. I believe my talents may be better used with students that actually NEED a teacher and not an observer.
     
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  3. StellatheSub

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    I think you should reapproach the principal and tell him that you're not comfortable with having the paras lead the class, because it is your license on the line if there is a problem. I would also say that since they really need a sub to be more for support than a lead teacher that you would like them to remove you from the assignment. They can get a day to day sub to provide what they're looking for. The main motivation for me to do a long term sub position is to prepare myself for when I get my own classroom, and I guess you are like me, you don't want to do it if you're going to have to do parapro duties.
     
  4. Nietzsche

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    I agree with Stella. Something is just not right here and you probably won't find out what the real issue is. The paraprofessionals I encounter usually let me take the lead even if it is only a one day sub job. A few will sometimes be a little more assertive when they have had a great deal of one on one experience with certain students. I would not burn any bridges, but I would not feel bad about walking from this situation.
     
  5. bandnerdtx

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    Don't burn bridges, but definitely go find out about that other job!
     
  6. rhoyalt06

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    Thanks for the responses. I did not burn any bridges and I thanked the principal for the opportunity and politely told him that this job was not for me. I had a great interview with the elementary school and a final decision will be made on Monday about that job. I feel so relieved to be done with the other situation though. I will miss those kids though...
     
  7. mopar

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    Good luck with the new position!
     
  8. Ms. I

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    You handled that well. Good luck w/ your future jobs.
     
  9. rhoyalt06

    rhoyalt06 Rookie

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    Thanks everyone. I believe that everything happens for a reason. I have since been on two job interviews and I am happy to report that I am no longer a substitute teacher, I am now a special education teacher with a contract :)
     
  10. donziejo

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    Happy dance:)
     
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    congratulation! What a great Christmas gift :)
     
  12. Kangaroo22

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    Congratulations!
     
  13. MsMar

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    Congrats! Will you start right after the break? What grade will you be teaching?
     

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