Up until today I’ve been unemployed for the last two months,so being thrust back in the working world comes with both good and bad. Good: I have a job, I get to work and teach students, and I have structure again. Bad: My hours are from 7am-2:30 pm with a 1 and a half hour commute.
Today I only got to observe 5th-8th period because most of the morning was spent listening to HR presentations on benefits at a different district location, a few minutes away from school. It was terribly boring.
Being a Teacher’s Assistant is not really what I expected it to be. That’s not to say I don’t like it, but it seems to be more like babysitting . When you’re not actively helping the student or two who have cognitive disabilities, you’re this imposing busy body. It’s what you make of it, I suppose.
The kids are great so far. They are funny, which I appreciate. Still,I haven’t had any experience with special ed students before and that makes it all the more intimidating. A majority of the classes I sit in on only have a couple kids with learning disabilities. The reason TAs join in on these classes is to help keep those couple of kids on task and caught up with the rest of their peers. I wonder if that’s obvious to the whole class? I feel like we stick out.
Cheers to a very long week ahead of me.