i am an instructional aide seeking a job. basically all the aides in my school are in the same position. there are two job openings next year and we are all of course hoping to get the jobs. well, i am not banking on that happening..so i am continually searching elsewhere. should i ask the principal to be used a reference? when i interviewed as an aide she seemed to be completely aware of the fact that i would be seeking my own classroom (since i am certified and originally applied for a teaching job). she would probably give a great reference but i don't know if it is appropriate to ask. if i do ask, what should i say? thanks!