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serenity blaze
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0 posted 07-15-2010 08:06 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

And nope, I don't mean "laid off"--I'm talking about the "laid-on" slap of "terminated".

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1 posted 07-15-2010 08:43 PM       View Profile for nakdthoughts   Email nakdthoughts   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nakdthoughts

Well, when long term subbing about 2 years or so ago...I was hired within  a ten minute interview which should have been a signal that either they just needed someone for a shorter term than offered or that no one else wanted the job at that school.

It was a Title 1 school ( which means they received even more money  to help the students although I had no idea where the money went)and I was hired  to start the school year out within 3 days of the new year. They gave me nothing except a room and windows that did not open during the 90-100 degree  August beginning week.

The water fountain in the room didn't work so I supplied  bottled water to the 2nd graders since we didn't have air conditoning.

I was given no curriculum guides but was constantly pestered by so called "mentors" coming in and out of the room telling me what to do. I had to ask for a planning book and was told only full time teachers got those. I couldn't come into work early, they didn't let you in more than a half hour before school started so you couldn't get in to plan ahead.

I had to provide everything for the classroom for the bulletin boards and had to beg for construction paper and they were always out of copy paper.


On my tenth day there ( which would make them pay me long term  salary) the one mentor told me at 1:00 that I needed to stay after school for a  grade meeting. I had already discussed it with the other teachers, who had cancelled it.

When I told her I couldn't stay she yelled at me in the hallway that I needed to be more flexible! I told her I was probably the most flexible person in that school and that she had no right to speak to me in that tone in the hallway and I walked away from her. She followed me to pick up my class and grabbed my arm and I told her to get off of me...and that I couldn't speak to her at the moment since I was picking up the class and didn't want them to see me upset.

She tried again to pull me aside and I collected the children and walked away from her.

The next day the assistant prinicipal sat in my class ALL DAY and when a child began to sing sitting next to her she ignored it. But it was so loud that I had to tell the child to stop or she would have to move her name up a level on this behavior chart the school forced me to use.

When she didn't, I moved her name which made her cry. In the meantime another child continued to bang on his desk while I was teaching the lesson and another (by accident) threw her new glasses across the room. After I spoke to them both about it, the AP left the room but called the 3 students down to the office and questioned them whether they liked me or not (as one of the student's told me later) I thought they were going to be in trouble for their behaviors, so I asked them if all was ok.


At the end of the day I was called to the office where the prinicpal and her assistant told me my services would no longer be needed. I asked what they would have done in my position with the child who kept singing during the lesson...and their answer was "you should have seen her last year...this was nothing..." and that I should have ignored all the interruptions and continued to teach anyway.


It took me 2 hours to collect everything of mine into the car...the other 2nd grade teachers were upset with how I was treated and said they would have stripped the room of everything of mine but I said that would only make it that much harder for the next sub.

While packing up, my cell phone rang to cancel the job...and within 5 minutes it rang again offering me another one elsewhere.

That was the only time I had ever been fired in my life and  I think I was lucky not to have to be there to suffer under such a non-caring administration.

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serenity blaze
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2 posted 07-15-2010 10:54 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Oh Mo--I remember how stressed you were during that time, too, but I had no idea.

I've been listening to stories about working conditions, and nod, teachers always snag my heart--and it's nearly always about the administrators!!!

(My friend maintains that it's about expectations--she said she was emotionally prepared for difficult children, but held different standards for her adult "superiors."

*smile*

You do know that I would have gotten canned for adding a behavior chart of my own that the kids could control, right?



Yep. I wouldn't have lasted long.

Hope you're doing much better these days.

(In case anybody's wondering, lately I've been hearing some hilarious stories of mishaps, along with some real heartbreakers as well.)

Thanks for sharing with me.

Hmmm...maybe I'll put a behavior chart in the livingroom...
 
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