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Old 07-21-2017, 12:03 PM
 
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I can't decide whether to take this assignment. It would be a pay bump after my summer job. I like the subject - ESL - but I don't care for high school attitudes and 90-minute classes. So many students have given up by then and just tune me out and go on their phones or say I'm not the " real " teacher. I know my job is to motivate them, but it's hard when admin just ignores your requests and other teachers offer little help. I did a similar assignment before, and while I got some teaching experience, one of my classes was extremely disrespectful and talkative, and one student followed me out to my car and threatened me because I was failing him. I informed admin but nothing happened. Also, the school would not provide me with a laptop for display purposes because I was not a full-time staff member, so I had to borrow one of those doc camera devices from another teacher.



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Old 07-21-2017, 04:29 PM
 
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I'd be really tempted to do it, figuring I can stand on my head for a month, especially keeping in mind the bump in pay. In my experience, the ESL classes are always more well-behaved than the general population, but I only sub in elementary school. They may all be disrespectful, entitled jerks by the time they reach hs.
How about making a list of the pros and cons? Sometimes it helps to see it on paper.
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It has also been my experience that ESL classes are generally better behaved, more respectful, and more motivated than general ed classrooms.

And I don't even speak Spanish.
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Old 07-23-2017, 05:21 AM
 
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This awful HS class I had for nearly 3 months gives me pause. They were chatty from the word go - some talked back to me in Spanish. They would be on other sites when I gave them a web search to do and copied from each other. I would give zeros when I saw copied work, and then they would insult me some more. I was so over them by the third week. Elementary is my sweet spot. I had third-graders for 2 months. I worked with small groups for approx 45 mins for lessons that required minimal planning. It was a small school , and I felt very much part of the staff being involved in meetings and being invited to the christmas breakfast.
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Yikes, I can see why you'd be gun shy. Please let us know what you decide to do.


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I get your dilemma.
I did a bunch of long-terms last year,
Yes many of them were frustrating but:

1. You develop Permanent Teacher Skills
2.You get somewhat in control
3.You learn an insider's view
4.You are in one place 30 plus days
5. You develop Inter-staff relationships
6. You develop creative ways to deliver lessons
7. You actually do connect-even with some of the most troubled/difficult students
8. You are able to administer state and local testing
9. You understand the District's/Building Principal's Philosophy
10. You get good at managing in a pressure cooker environment


I say go for it....................
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