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Re: Should I still talk to admin?
Not necessarily. There are some assistants that think they know everything so they question or change what they were asked to do. This isn't a one way street. We aren't going to say all heads are guilty until proven innocent but all assistants and new teachers are innocent until proven guilty. That doesn't pass the smell test for me.
There are bad assistants. There are bad heads. This poster isn't the problem. Pointing out the obvious is simply that. I had assistants that worked really hard at not working. Tasks were given and short cuts were taken or the task was ignored completely until I just took care of it myself. I was okay with that because ultimately it was my reputation on the line. I also learned early on that if I wasn't willing to do it, I wouldn't ask others. Sometimes my assistants had ideas or projects and if I wasn't willing to cover it for them I would tell them that up front so they knew if they stopped doing something then I wasn't going to pick it up for them.
But I also delegated aspects of the program to the assistants and it was theirs completely. I didn't micromanage it because the art of delegation means letting go. And as a 6A that was a big thing in allowing me to focus on big picture things and keep my sanity. It also meant giving up control which took some time but was worth it.
No wonder so many young teachers quit in their first 3 years.
There should be a way for young people to feel valued at their place of work.
You sir/madam are a part of the problem.
What about assistants that question everything they are told to do?
Before Spring break I had hit my breaking point with my head director.
Coming to school late, leaving early, not teaching sectionals while myself and the other assistant are, putting too much on our plates, not being available to help me with my band, etc... itís clear to me that he is checked out and isnít putting the time in to this program.
This is my first year teaching, so itís taken me a few months to figure out that. Whatís worse is that any convo when weíve tried to talk about it has ended in him getting defensive and telling us that we are working too hard and should scale back ourselves. I usually leave by 5, only gone in early enough to teach my sectionals, so I donít agree with this at. all.
I was planning on talking to my principal about this before the break, but now with the closures it seems unfair. BUT... I know this will happen again next year. Also with the work at home order heís not doing anything... no assignments for top band, not answering emails, ignoring us, etc.