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Once again, I was subbing in a classroom with this para that none of the other subs (and very few of the staff teachers) like.

I was given lesson plans by the daily teacher. Yet (as always) this TA walks in, and decides to take the class over, telling the students: "There is a change in plan". During another period, the students were taking a test, and she announces to the students that she "gave [me] permission to take their papers away if [they're] talking". Really, Ms. TA? I thought I had some say in the matter.

Mind you, I am certified to teach the subject, and have several years of teaching experience. The TA has no training beyond high school.

Besides the humiliation, this sends a message to the students that any "regular" staff member has authority over a sub who is far superior academically and legally. What's nest? The custodian comes in and gives a lecture on differential equations?
Social Studies Teacher On 10/26/16, Math Teach wrote: > Once again, I was subbing in a classroom with this para that none of the other subs (and very few of the staff teachers) like. > > I was given lesson plans by the daily teacher. Yet (as always) this TA walks in, and decides to take the class over, telling the students: "There is a change in plan"....See More
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Deb On 4/20/17, Social Studies Teacher wrote: > On 10/26/16, Math Teach wrote: >> Once again, I was subbing in a classroom with this para > that none of the other subs (and very few of the staff > teachers) like. >> >> I was given lesson plans by the daily teacher. Yet (as > always) this TA walks in, and decides to take th...See More
Math Teach @Social Studies Teacher: 1) How do I know about the para's qualifications? Well let's see: I've worked at that same school for several years, know two other certified math teachers who have encountered the same para and complained as I do (one got into a verbal altercation with the para). 2)As a "Social Studies Teacher" you should know that you can...See More
Kathleen Without any knowledge of the personalities involved on this thread, their past posts or background, I would like to add to the discussion that I agree that the TA should step back and allow the substitute teacher to be the authority figure in the classroom. (Does anyone really disagree with that concept?) That said, the substitute teacher should ta...See More
tjbteach I came across this site. I experienced something similar to this today. I am at a loss with some para's. The issue isn't that the need or the appreciation isn't there for the extra help from the para; the frustration comes when you are trying to establish a place of authority between you and the students as a substitute. When a para undermines that...See More
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