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Questioning my job description
Old 08-24-2016, 05:56 PM
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I have been in this situation before. At my old job at the college, I would get burdened with tasks that were not actually apart of my job. (I had a very lazy coworker who was buddy buddy with the boss.)
I feel like perhaps I am running into the same type of situation, kind of. Here's how it works: Our special ed students are grouped with a case manager. They have about 10-15 students they case manage. My co-teacher/case manager for English is brand new, much like me. She is about as lost as I am. However, I have only spoken to her maybe three times because she is always gone with the volleyball team. She also moved offices (we shared an office) to move with the other coaches. I was under the impression that my job was to help her pull grades for her case load only for English classes only. Plus helping students in certain English classes while doing paperwork on the modifications/accommodations made for them that day and copying their graded work for data purposes.
Today has made me wonder what exactly my job description is. One co-teacher/case manager said that she makes her para do all kinds of stuff for her. I sat there wondering where he even has the time when we only get a very short planning period for paperwork. My boss said that we could pull all grades to help out our co-teachers. Once again, I sat there wondering when we would have the time since we are in classes most of the day. We would have to stay after our designated hours for that. I also had a teacher leave me in charge of her classroom for 30 minutes because she had to go to a class meeting for the Freshmen class that she sponsors. It was no big deal because they weren't doing anything strenuous, but I am not entirely sure that I can be left in charge. I also had another teacher allow me to lead her activity in two of her classes while she sat back and chatted it up and distracted the students during the activity. Seemed a little backwards to me. The activity was fun, but the students weren't very attentive with her talking to them.
The department chair of English also wanted me to make these case files for all students who failed the STAAR test so that we could manage progress. She would print out the data, I would magically find time to create the folders for all of those students. I know it's not hard, but again, where is this time they think we have within our designated hours?
I'm not meaning to sound like I don't want to do my job. I would just like to know what my job exactly is because I feel as if I am teetering on the border of office assistant and paraeducator.

Another thing that kind of bummed me out was I never got the memo about departing meetings that I am supposed to attend. I just happened to be told about it and made a mad dash down to the meeting where I was apparently being waited on. Gr.
I also volunteered to take a detention shift when an email was sent all calling for workers. I got a reply back saying that "Only teachers can work detention." Talk about feeling low on the totem pole.

Sorry for the long rant. I just have a lot on my mind with this new job and no one has told me exactly how to do this job. I'm just kind of living on a prayer right now.

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