Not soon to be forgotten

Most of my TA Sub jobs the last couple weeks have come through the computer system “by Request” meaning whoever sent in the notice knows my Employee number and wants specifically ME to work that day.

This is all well and good if it’s a position I like and am in the mood to work right then.  I’m grateful for the computer with its advance notice the evening before, which is easier than those 6:10am frantic wake-up calls from an office assistant.

Sometimes, though, the request comes because nobody else could handle it, and I seem to be getting this more often.  Like I said, the last couple weeks have most likely been with BD (Behaviour Disorder) students. Different buildings, but the type of work is the same.  There’s a reason the school system is willing to pay wages for a TA to give each student a fine education.

Although I can’t talk much about it, privacy laws you understand, I’m thinking those “by Request” positions are beginning to make sense.
Maybe raising three sons of my own, and their constant parade of buddies, plus all the years of being on that side of the school system, were getting me ready for a job
shadowing some kid who isn’t even as tall as my shoulder telling me to “BACK OFF, YA B-*-H!!”

Naw, nothing can prepare ya for that, especially when first instinct is to give her a whap upside the head.
All my years of going to the Mennonite Church kept the whap from happening.  It wasn’t the idea that I might lose my job at all, and that’s what scared me.
Seeing the big purple vein in the principal’s forehead, I’d say he and I were on the same wavelength, tho.

Maybe we need a bigger dose of the Peace and Justice sermons.

While I’m dealing with all the highs and woes of my own real life, I keep running out of energy to write all about it for the Blog World.

Thank You for coming round anyway.

~~love and Huggs, Diane

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4 Responses to Not soon to be forgotten

  1. M.O.T says:

    I teach the EBD class in Texas. I have been teaching these lovely students for 7 years. This is my first year in Middle School and it is a world of differnce. Keep Safe

  2. momma says:

    Daughter Cindy was substituting for a while when she had just started teaching. She ended up with difficult classrooms (students) only and not enough work otherwise to make a living. She ended up abandoning teaching altogether. I hope things improve for you.

  3. MrsDoF says:

    M.O.T. — Thank You for that “Keep Safe” especially in light of breaking news stories about substitute teachers.

    Momma M– my household has a husband who is a good provider, so I don’t absolutely _need_ to have a job to make a living.
    One nice thing about being a Teaching Assistant is I am rarely responsible for, nor alone with, a whole class.
    I provide an adult’s extra eyes and ears and explanations within the routine.

    This is a job I did not know existed until I earned my Associate of Arts degree and passed a Certified Paraprofessional Exam.

  4. Caroline says:

    I commend you for even wanting to be a teacher in this day and age, with all the violence and killings that have been happening. I pray that your safe where ever you are.

    It’s great when someone wants you because they know you can do the job…
    take care