What do you bring to the table???.......

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What do you bring to the table???.......
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Thu, 08-24-2006 - 12:04am

I don't want to de-value myself or my contribution to my school or profession, but I often feel like I have nothing special that makes me indispensable.....

For example, everyone at my school has some kind of story. Yes, I have one too, but it's very ordinary.....

One woman is from China, the other from Africa, 2 were athletes, another is a black belt, one is an artist, the other is a cheerleader and dance coach....

I could go on. Everyone has some type of connection or "thing" about themselves that makes them more valuable in my cao's eyes.....

I on the other hand have no hobbies, I was always awkward with my hands so I never caught on to things. I can't play sports cause I could never see well enough, I can sing but so can over half the staff at my school....

I was teaching the kids sign language, but the new special ed teacher is a professional signer and I can't compete with that.....

The assistant CAO played semi-pro sports so he has connections with coachs and sports activities in the city.......

The Title One coordinator was in the service and traveled the world so he knows all types of people and has connections......

Me, I have my degree, getting my masters, have lots of work experience and can organize things.....

Those are great qualities, but it doesn't make me shine. I feel like she doesn't see the value in me like she does in others. I heard her talking about how happy she was to hire these people cause they could do so much in the school.....

I am trying to find grants or ideas that could make me "stand out" to a boss.....

At my last employer, it was the same issue. There were plenty of teachers who were TERRIBLE at their jobs, but they had outside connections that the principal didn't want to lose.....

I do a great job, I keep my kids in line and I am good at organizing things....

Great qualities, doesn't make me "indispensable"....

I feel like I have wasted my life. But when I was younger, all I did was work and go to school, there was never anytime for anyone or anything else......

Gotta find a way to make myself more marketable....

GT35

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Thu, 08-24-2006 - 6:42am

Well, just being SPED in my area makes you indispensable! At my local district's job fair, there were about 30 openings posted...about 25 of them were SPED! You'd do well here. (I'm not willing...I'm not that person..I don't have what it takes.)

HOWEVER, I'm one of the most marketable teachers in the middle school area in the parish. I'm highly qualified (NCLB) to teach middle school math, middle school science, AND middle school social studies. Yet, here I am, teaching Study Skills, which all I needed was my 1-8 certification. I am sooooo not indispensable and I don't have the political connections required for the district.

I did get 2 other offers later, but all 3 were from schools 18+ miles away from home when there are 5 middle schools within 6 miles of my house! (And yes, most of these DID hire teachers for positions in which I am highly qualified.)

But, I did find out "when and how" I will be the "hot commodity"...that's when the schools get to hire to another teacher, but don't have the population to hire a whole TEAM of teachers, so the teachers will have to teach more than one subject. That's when *I* become the one they want!! (The school 18 miles away is expecting just that next year.)

So, sorry I'm no help whatsoever. It just irks me that I spend $400 to get this "highly qualified" status and it only got me in once.

Alysha


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Thu, 08-24-2006 - 7:26am

Being good at organizing is a huge trait in your favor, I would think.

Is there any way you could use that to do an after-school (or before-school) class for kids? Even if it's just 10 minutes after school to help get their papers organized before they leave. Maybe you could ask the other teachers for kids they would recommend that might benefit from your expertise in organization.

Another idea, organization is imperative to run a good "family night" program. You could organize some type of math night where families come and play math games and such with their kids.

I think you're going to have to be more creative since you don't have outside sources... but really, I admire a skill like organization more than someone just happening to have a resource because they know someone. Knowing someone isn't near as difficult as perfecting a trait you have (like organization).

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Thu, 08-24-2006 - 7:28am
SPED is in high demand here, as well. We had to rehire a retired person this year in order to accomodate everyone. Granted, it's half-time, but people get all up-in-arms when a retired person is rehired because of the costs compared to a person fresh out of college. The SPED people just don't exist around here. School Psychs are another hot commodity.
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Thu, 08-24-2006 - 4:04pm

I do organize the "Paragon" programs we have. Paragon is our Social Studies Curriculum that was created by our Management Company, Mosaica Education....

We must have this "celebrations" once a month and I am in charge of that. However, she asked me because noone else wanted to do it. Anyone could do it, but because they didn't want to, I stepped up and said yes.....

But, I just learned how to write a grant, I am still working on my master's degree, I have a very limited number of friends and acquaintances.....

I know she is paying these people more than me, (I know this for a fact) because of the money that they can bring to her...

Sure she likes my skills and I am helpful, but anyone can do what I do.....

We do have an afterschool program, the Title One coordinator runs it and he put someone ELSE who is organized in charge of it....

Thanks, I appreciate your thoughts!! I guess it's hard to feel special sometimes when it seems like everyone is just a little faster or better at things than I am....

GT35

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Thu, 08-24-2006 - 5:30pm

In my experience those that are indispensable are the ones that make good PR for the school and administration.

Sherry

 

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Thu, 08-24-2006 - 5:52pm

That stinks. You really can't fault yourself for not having connections, though. I mean, connections are something people come by through luck, not hard work... know what I mean? It stinks that you feel left out of the loop, though, by not having the connections.

How do they get away with paying people more? Don't you have a set salary schedule?

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Thu, 08-24-2006 - 6:43pm

Hmmmmmmmm, Spelling Bee.....

Okay, I will do that!! Also, I was thinking of organizing a "Career Day" Some of the parents have great jobs and careers, it would be nice to hear them talk about what it takes to be in that profession....

Thanks Sherry!!

GT35

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Thu, 08-24-2006 - 6:50pm

It does stink!!It's a charter school, so we don't have a set salary schedule like a regular public school....

Here's how I know she pays them more, she has part of us listed under the regular school budget, which is what we get paid out of.....

She has her "friends" listed under a Title One grant. This grant is an enoromous amount of money, so the people she re-classified under this grant get paid more.....

That's okay though. I am going to do what Sherry said, I am going to organize a spelling bee and a career day.....

If I show that I am valuable too, then maybe my raise next year will be more than a measly 680.....

Although, I am soooooo hoping to be in Atlanta by this time next year!!

GT35




Edited 8/24/2006 6:52 pm ET by greatteacher32
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Thu, 08-24-2006 - 7:43pm

You're welcome , oh Great One!

Sherry

 

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Fri, 08-25-2006 - 8:38am

Career Day is a GREAT activity (and idea for you). We only do it for 3rd on up because some of it is way over the other kids' heads (unfortunately, some of the presenters aren't good at toning the material down to make sense for the little guys). We have our business partners do the presenting. Last year we had someone from a local Ford dealership who did a "Deal or No Deal" game where there were important characteristics they look for on each envelope (instead of suitcase). He had things like respectful, responsible, punctual, etc. He talked to them about how the teachers require these things, and so do their future bosses. It was a great learning experience. Some others we had present were a nursing collaborative group (they find nurses if hospitals are short, like substitute teachers), a CPA, etc.

That's a great idea and something you'd probably be great at setting up with your organizational skills. Just have one grade-level per station and rotate. Leave a few mins. between to get settled. That would also build you some outside connections as you'd have to contact the businesses to get this going.

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