March 2, 2017 6:31am CST
We had a brand new sub (substitute para professional) yesterday, who had never worked in our building. I was dreading it. Our kids have a lot of behavior issues and not everyone can successfully work with them. My supervisor was with one student, and mine was independent at that time, so I got to show her a locker. She said "you look familiar" and I looked at her really well. It was someone I knew years ago. She has a different name,and it had not registered with me. She was an excellent helper for our room. She usually does teaching, not para work as she has a provisional certificate.She has a bachelors in a non teaching field. It was fun catching up as my daughter was close to two of her daughters s in age. That is the kind of surprise I like.
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2 Mar 17
Substitute. You know, I should be more clear because this would be a strange term to many. In this case she was working because another paraprofessional has been out sick all week and so she had to do the interacting and management of students. Sometimes she substitutes for teachers and manages entire classrooms. I think I may edit this discussion to make it clear for my global readers. Thanks.
3 Mar 17
@GardenGerty I always feel for the EA when I sub in a difficult class. I don't really know what their specific duties are quite often. They end up keeping things on track for several students who might go off the rails when their routine is disturbed. I think the EA has an extra hard day when there is a sub. I would love to just go to a couple of schools and really get to know the routines, but wouldn't get enough work that way.
2 Mar 17
I love when quirky things happen that you weren't expecting!! I did a lot of the same when my kids were in public school. Some of the stories I would come home with were so funny... how this one little guy brought a camera out to the play yard... and was taking what I thought were "pretend" pictures of me. It's funny how you don't care how stupid you might look when you are sure there is no film in the camera... ;)