Post # 1
Ok so the past week we have bin on winter vk, and I have had alot of time to think about my job.
Basicly I’m a Teacher Aide to work one on one with a speical education student. Although I am a certified teaching asstaint in New York and have my BA in fine arts. Im only paid as a aide. The thing that has me in my dilemma is I do as much, if not sometimes more then the actual Teaching Assiatants in the class room do. Sometimes more then the 10 yeared teacher does. People have told me that if I dont wanna do soemthing more then Im paid to do in my contract I should just say no. But I know if it comes down to this the kids will suffer more then anyone else. Its the same thing with the other aide in the room as well.
So right now Im debating bringing up these issues with my supervisor. But I dont want to stir up trouble for no reason. I know I need to be thankful for the job I have with good hours, a 401K and health insurence. But sometimes I feel like Im worth more then what Im getting.
So basicly Im looking for any advice on what I should do how I should handle this?
Post # 3
Well, what would stirring up stuff do to you? How would it affect you?
Honestly, how many people actually feel like they’re getting paid what they’re worth. I don’t know if I’ve ever felt that way. We all go through periods where we question our job and if it’s right.
Without knowing how things run with your employer, it’s hard to say. I’d say tread lightly, and if possible, raise concerns in a way that makes it seem like you’re concerned and looking for ways to help improve current processes/situations, not looking just to complain.
I don’t know if that helps. I think most of us have felt this way at one point or another.
Post # 4
This is going to drive me crazy.. I apologize in advance… 10 yeared is actually “tenured”
Post # 5
@TopazWedding: I’m glad someone else said it… and “than” instead of “then.”
I’m a teacher as well. I definitely do not think I get paid enough for what I do… I teach 6th and 7th grade English and I’m at work from about 7:30-5pm most days of the week and put in so much effort. Doesn’t your job have a set pay? Or do you mean speaking to the principal about becoming a teacher’s assistant instead of an aide?
Post # 6
@Fallicious1012: About being a assistant instead of a aide. And sorry about the spelling and grammer stuff. And yes it does have a set pay.
Post # 7
“Been” instead of “bin”
“Basically” instead of “basicly”
“I don’t want to” instead of “I don’t wanna”
I’m so sorry, I think working with Special Education kids is such an admirable job. I think it requires a ton of energy and that your heart is definitely in the right place. But sweetie, if you want to advance in your career, I think you need to work on the way that you present yourself. You’re coming across as unintelligent, and frankly, it scares me to death that you’re in a position to teach children if this is truly how you are in real life. How can you teach children if you can’t even spell and use proper grammar?
I think in your position especially, because it takes so much energy to work with special needs kids, it’s easy to feel as though you’re not being paid what you’re worth. Is there a job description that you can get from your employer that details the specifics of your position and what the expectations are? Seeing in writing exactly what your job requirements are can often be beneficial in focusing your daily tasks. It might also be beneficial in pinpointing where you’re doing what’s expected in your job, and where you’re going “above and beyond”. If you do decide that you want to speak with your supervisor, that will give you some organization to formulate your thoughts into an argument that is clear and concise.
Again, I apologize if I insulted you; I don’t think you’re stupid at all, I just think that perception and the way that you present yourself in your place of employment is important, and if you’re writing the way that you do on weddingbee, you’re going to come across as less than you are.
Post # 8
I agree with @Miss Root: completely. This post didn’t present you very well, and it does make me nervous that you’re teaching children. It could be just the post, or weekend/vacation laziness, but the grammar and spelling issues are concerning for someone in the position of educating children.
I think you need to evaluate what you want to do with your career. Ultimately, do you want to teach? Do you want to be an Assistant? Or do you want to stay an Aide and just do what you’re contractually obligated to do?
Just as a point – I think everyone who advances in their positions does things that they aren’t required to do. If I told my supervisors at work that I’m only planning on doing exactly what I was hired for down to the letter, I’d never advance, and I’d be seen as someone with little motivation and a non-chalant attitude about my career. If opportunities for advancement come up, they aren’t going to pick the person who only does exactly what they were hired for; they’ll pick the person who goes above and beyond their job.
Post # 9
Well thank you to those who gave me real advice instead of insulting me.