Need advice about being a classroom aide

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Registered: 03-08-2000
Need advice about being a classroom aide
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Tue, 04-06-2010 - 9:48pm

Hi friends: I used to be a subsitute teacher in NJ and really, really loved it. But the jobs were on and off (if the regular teacher was absent, I'd sub in her absence) and I wanted to work everyday in a school setting. Moreover, my in-laws live with me and I wanted to get away from them for a few hours every day.

I got this job as an instructional assistant at a montessori school.It's been only 2 days and I am already bored out of my mind! There's very little to do except remind the kids to use their manners, be nice etc and clean the floor. I am already missing the public school environment and the many different teachers and students I could meet. I never thought I would feel badly about this job and miss the public schools and I feel depressed about this whole situation.

How do I quit gracefully and get a good reference from the montessori director? What is a decent time frame to quit - six months??? I don't know if I can last that long.

Since I am not certified, I cannot teach the kids. Also, they are short-staffed, so they want me to come in early, stay late etc.

Pl, pl. no flames - I went into this with my eyes open and prepared to clean the floors; something just snapped inside me today as I cleaned the same floor for the 4th time.

Thanks so much,
Chimi

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Wed, 04-07-2010 - 11:37pm

Thanks so much Sherry.

Chimi

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Wed, 04-07-2010 - 6:49pm

Hi, Chimi! No one will flame you here.


Before you make up your mind to quit due to boredom, talk to the teacher and administrator. Ask about the timeline to increase your level of responsibility and number of different duties. It might be that they are easing you in and testing your temperment and skill levels. Make it clear that you'd like more responsibility and

Sherry