Classroom aides/Assistants/Parapros/Whatever how do you use them or see them? (Coteacher or GRUNT?)
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|Sat, 11-06-2010 - 10:42am|
First of all its extremely HARD to go from a teacher position to an aide position and be happy with it. Less pay and less respect in some ways if you can imagine.
Which is why I know I must get back into a classroom while I pursue my new career. Anywhoo, here's my issue. While I love my new school and I really do, its really what a school should be, I notice that the teachers sometimes treat the aides as their little grunts and sidekicks.
And having been a teacher who either had no aide or a part time aide, I never asked an aide to do things I either didn't feel like doing or didn't get around to. That wasn't me. My focus was more on having the adies work with students so it freed up my hands to do more work
And while I understand that its each teacher's choice to use the aides how they see fit, I'm not agreeable to making them do certain things but then exclude them from certain activities.
Maybe this situation doesn't work for me cause I'm a teacher and the other aides aren't. They are either recent college grads or older married women making extra money or people working towards a cert and getting experience first.
I did that already. I worked in daycare in college and when I got out, became a teacher of my own class, with no aide by the way.
So you have me putting up bulletin boards, running your copies, helping you with paperwork, doing things, that OOPS you couldn't get to, but during pds being told "oh this is just for teachers, you all don't need to sit in" or sending the aides to get the lunch but then the teachers going off and having lunch seperately.
Having the aide put up bulletin boards, but you can't leave them alone in a room cause they're not certified.
So what is the role of an aide/para/assistant?? I say co teachers. We're there for the kids first. If an aide chooses to help with other things, please do and thanks, but for me I never treated an aide like less than.
I think my situation is a little different coming down from a teacher position and not being the type of teacher who had help or even allowed help to be treated like less.
Yes we make less but that's it, we do everything else and yet I'm only there to make the teacher's life easier?? Hmm, not liking that.