My girlfriend loves teaching but hates her current kindergarten teaching job.?
Topic: My girlfriend loves teaching but hates her current kindergarten teaching job.?
April 22, 2019 / By Tess Question:
My Girlfriend has been teaching for 1yr. She loves teaching but she is so upset. A kid in her class is terrible.He comes from a bad home but he is probably autistic but the school won't test him until she does interventions. He has been held back already, hits &scratches kids, throws crayons chairs etc. If she calls the office they don't punish and sometimes don't even come down. They basically just tell her that she has lost control.
She also works so hard on things &administration tells her that she isn't doing good &her things are "too cute". The other teachers tell her she is so great but the office doesn't think so. She is 1st one there &it breaks her heart when they tell her that stuff. She is expected to get these 5yr olds to read & write paragraphs(& they are!) when she is being abused by one kid &she can't be creative.
What can she do? She is in a 3yr contract and feels stuck at this school but wants to try another before quiting. She can't go on like this, she is miserable.
Best Answers: My girlfriend loves teaching but hates her current kindergarten teaching job.?
Rosalind | 6 days ago
Teaching KG is not easy as when they first enter the classroom at the beginning of the year, they are missing their parents & homes and all their emotions come out. The important thing is for her to distract them from this by giving them exciting activities like sing-songs and videos, till they get settled in class, and gradually work from there.
If, she is getting a new class each year, she will face the same thing, but be a little more experienced as to what to expect.
If she goes up to the next level with her previous students- from K1 to KG2 she will find it easier as they will now know the routine and will be familiar with her and vice versa, thus; you saying 'she wants to try another year'. It does get easier with experience.
She can could request she moves up a level with her students or stick to the next KG bunch and ask to move up with them.
She is not alone, many KG teachers I know, feel the same.
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Originally Answered: What is it like teaching autistic students?
I teach 1st graders with autism. If you'd like to email me some specific questions, I would be happy to answer them for you. It is very hard to describe what it is like without knowing specifics of what you want. Because, this box isn't near big enough for all of what it is like.
Maybe she should teach older children. But that won't help her situation this year. Hmmmmm..... She needs to get her union rep in to help her. Tell her to find out who the building rep is and have her explain the lack of support from the administration. Also, she should go to the special education director at her board of education. THAT usually gets the ball rolling. Oh, and the interventions, just tell her to "fudge" the documentation. Backdate forms, etc. to show he's been helped all she can help him. You KNOW she has already; she just probably hasn't done any paperwork on it. And, let's face it, in the US, paperwork IS special education. Again, board of ed, building rep, union rep. Scares the pants off the school administration every time!!!! Good luck - and DON'T GIVE UP!!!
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She is bound contractually until the 3years is up. My advice is finish up the contract, but in the meantime start looking for other teaching opportunities. She can even teach part-time now as an online tutor. The hours are flexible and the pay is decent. Try: http://www.tuitionplaza.com/tutoring/ , http://wwwtutor.com , etc..
Hope this helps.
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I hear that the first year is the hardest. If this is something that she truly loves, then I would tell her to hang in there. I also recommend reading "The Seven Laws of a Learner"
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Originally Answered: What GCSE's and A-LEVELS do you need for teaching?
You will need GCSEs at grade C and above in english, maths and science. You can study any particular A levels of your interest, however, english language and psychology may be of interest to you - psychology helps you to understand a child's way of thinking and english will help you understand why we speak the way we do and the history behind it, etc. A creative subject would not only be enjoyable but could help you think of new, fun ways to help the children learn, for example, A level Art or music. History is a very respected A level to have where you will learn facts, understand them and develop your answers into essays. I am not entirely sure regarding the further education, but good luck with your future and teaching.