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Old 04-09-2018, 06:43 PM
 
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Tonight a job popped up for "Emotionally Disturbed" and it said to call the sub office for the location.


I've NEVER seen, "Call the sub office for the location."


Why do you think that is? Any insight?


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Old 04-09-2018, 09:28 PM
 
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My guess is it's in an alternative school location and not a typical public school location? We had a classroom like that was located in a trailer in a separate location away from all public schools. It would have been hard to find without instructions.
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Old 04-09-2018, 10:07 PM
 
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If you accepted this job, how was it? This is one of those jobs. I hope that they had a good one.
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One of the local elementary schools added some bungalows for a new program for emotionally disturbed children. It actually has a name, I'll call it "apples" here. I've only seen one job come up for "apples". I'd be hesitant to take the job since I know I'm not qualified for it.
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Old 04-10-2018, 05:43 PM
 
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I did not take the job. I feel so unqualified. Me taking the job would equal any Joe off the street taking the job. I just wish I had some insight to the details and maybe I could actually do the job after all.


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Old 04-11-2018, 05:59 AM
 
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...that a job like that would get posted on AESOP. In the districts that I work for, that job would likely be "assigned" to a sub that they knew could handle it. The fact that it went up on AESOP may mean that there are some very capable paras that can essentially handle the job but they need to be able to show that they at least tried to get a certified sub for the day.

I once accepted a job (with fear and trembling) for a SpeEd job in a CD/Autism room. It had been up for a number of days and I figured I may as well give it a shot. It turned out that there were five kids in the classroom that day and two excellent paras who pretty much took care of everything. I essentially got paid for doing next to nothing: I did some coloring with one student, played with duplos with another, ran a few errands, minded one student alone for a few minutes while the paras escorted other students to the few regular classes they attended. It was probably the easiest day I've ever had as a sub. But you just never know.
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Old 04-11-2018, 08:19 AM
 
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I keep seeing the same jobs for self-contained or one-on-one paras...at the same middle school on AESOP. But I feel so unqualified to take them. I've never had experience doing SpEd and since AESOP doesn't tell you who you are working with, who knows if the students all have mild autism or they're violent, severe disabilities, hits people, etc. It's like opening up a can of worms.
I'd rather stick with the regular parapro sub slots (computer lab, library, learning assistance/title 1) until I get some experience or volunteer more in the Sp-Ed rooms. My district has six computer lab paras, six library paras and 3-4 LAP/Title 1 paras at each school yet I hardly ever get work. :-( It's that dreaded 'preferred list' for you!
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Old 04-11-2018, 01:26 PM
 
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In my experience, those rooms usually have plenty of competent help. They are not likely to put you in a situation that is dangerous for you or a student. As noted above, these days are often just being another set of hands for the paras, who will let you know how to help (or, unfortunately, basically ignore you and make you feel useless-- that happens sometimes ). These jobs might be a way to make a good impression on that school.
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Old 04-14-2018, 07:38 AM
 
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I take special ed jobs all the time. Was just in an emotionally disturbed classroom this week. Honestly? It is easy work. A zillion times easier than regular classroom teaching. They typically have the kids on a very strict/tight schedule.

(Trust me, I have absolutely NO special ed background. My only qualifications include having kids of my own, having a heart for special needs kids and an ability to find the humor in things.)

Most special ed classes have multiple aides in them. So...you might be looking at 4-5 adults with 8 kids. The aides know the kids, know the routines. Typically, an aide might step up into teacher job and you'll fill in for the aide (with the certified sub pay).

I have been in some special ed classes where, due to student absences, the adults outnumbered the kids.

Give it a try...if anything, it will be a good story to tell one day.
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Old 04-14-2018, 05:37 PM
 
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I alwsy picked the SPED jobs first. I loved the small classes and usually the kiddos were happy to see a new face, most are sweethearts, violent kids usally get homebound around here. never even seen one.


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