I have a question for you. Why are they giving you a full time sub? This is
why I ask the question.
Last year I had an Art I class with 33 students. 8 of the were "AIM Special
Ed" students. These usually read on about a 2nd or 3rd grade level, have
health, behavioral, learning, problems which are pretty severe. I had the
whole class at one time. The whole class (that had 1 aid only had these 8).
At first they sent an aid to help me. It was very difficult and changed the
tenor of the class. One day, out of the blue, they told me they were going to
assign me a full time sub. I thought, "Oh, how wonderful and how nice of
them." I found out later it was because they were out of compliance with the
law and I was teaching more students than legally allowed in one day.
Therefore, to be in compliance, they assigned a full time sub so that if any
questions were asked, legally she was teaching 30 of them. Of course, they
didn't tell me this......or offer to pay me extra for the time before the
full time sub. I found this out secretly from an administrator who told me
off the cuff. The full time sub was a help but she certainly wasn't teaching
30 of them a day.
On the positive side, it was a good situation in the long run for the regular
students, as they were very kind to these kids, made friends with them, and
helped them when they needed help which helped to socialize these kids in my
class. All leaned how to be kind and accepting of people who are different or
disabled. How much art was learned, not as much as I had hoped, although I
think we all learned to be creative.
I would ask, "Why are you giving me a full time sub?" I would also utilize
her or him to the fullest. If they are willing to pay for you to have a full
time sub, you can believe they have a good reason for doing it.
Skeptical in El Paso,