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    I am just so over this garbage. I’ve been teaching 10 years and I’m still a “long term sub” which justifies having to work at a new school every fucking year and only being paid for 10 months. There are very few permanent positions available where I am, and I am tired of being stuck in contract hell. I never know when the teacher I’m replacing is returning. I keep having to go to a new school every year which is really stressful for me because organization is not my strong suit so I feel like I have to “hyper organize”. This year I’m a prep coverage teacher, and we have had two staff reorgs which means my schedule has changed FOUR TIMES. FOUR. I have staff coming up to me asking to switch their periods around. Tbh I don’t care about that part, but how about deciding, fucking off, and telling me what you all decide? I have other staff asking me about problems and for advice- like, I don’t know? I just got this position five weeks ago! And admin think that we are going to be able to say anything for progress reports? I don’t know half the kids’ names because the classes have also moved around multiple times. The behaviour is deplorable. There’s always one kid in every class that literally won’t shut the hell up. Which is because we have raised a generation that believes that all humans do is loud annoying shit to get a laugh rather than show them the spectrum of humanity, the highs and the lows, that you actually have to possess tenacity, and humility, to achieve something. There is a time for humour but it’s not spouting random garbage out of your mouth for the entire class. Thing is, I love working with children. I love helping them wade through all life has to throw at them, academic and personal. But these days, I feel more like a glorified babysitter. I am so tired of teaching being everything but the actual teaching part. The worst part is, I would do another job but the cost of living where I am is too high to be exploring those routes seriously so currently, I just feel…trapped. I have an interview with a different school board next week and I am hoping that a change will be as good as a rest.

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    Advice to you from a 12 year former sub, so many long term assignments, taught every subject and even admin from time to time on how a process was done, they have already figured out that you are a warm body to cover any space who will keep doing it, until you don’t. You are cheaper than hiring another teacher. Sometimes they can’t easily fire the one you would replace who are sometimes taking time off just because they can. A teacher who was contemplating leaving teaching once asked me something to the affect of what is to be done if you leave. My answer is, so many things. There assuredly is life after teaching. The hardest part is getting used to your new “identity” which if you think it through first so that you are 100% ready to make and stand by your decision, you will get used to it and rwalize there are many days you are happy you did. Sometimes it seems more respect is given to the whiniest laziest and rudest than to the person who is pretty much all in bustin their hump to try to make everything great for everyone but you take it because you still believe in right and doing good, until you make your list of benefits v sacrifices and decide enough is enough and then that the only one who deserves your loyalty and hard work is you and your own family. Ive seen them hire a few subs, usually the younger ones. But so many others who worked and waited for whom there is no intention of ever hiring. Choose another love and make it a career. You’ve already proven you have the chops to do it.

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