Buffalo Public Schools Substitute Teacher (Current Employee) – Buffalo, NY – December 26, 2015
You should go into work early to read over lesson plans, and make sure you have everything you need to start and end the day on a good note. Best part of the job have to be the students, you can learn so much from them. To work in this type of environment you have to be flexible, things can change at an instant, so being open-minded is important.
Volunteer (Former Employee) – buffalo ny – July 6, 2015
Helping as a Teacher's aid, opened my eyes to the hard work it takes to run a classroom. It takes alot of energy to support a healthy learning environment. I learned that a positive attitude can really make a difference in a stressful environment. Simple things such as reading a story to the class, really encouraged everyone around me , including myself.
Substitue (Current Employee) – School 74, Hamlin Park – January 20, 2015
My day consist of applying knowledge of life to the children of the inner city and academia for those ready and willing to work hard to be what they set their mind upon. On a daily basis I learn something new of myself and the students I encounter, my co workers are also not only teachers to the students but teachers to me also, they are in the position that I would like to be apart of in the near future. I enjoy seeing students succeed, but the hard part is seeing students fail with no care, only because home life isn't stable.
Middle School English Language Arts Teacher (Former Employee) – Buffalo, NY – October 25, 2014
On a typical day, I would arrive an hour and a half before school started to be sure I had everything in order for the day's classes. I taught five English classes each day with an average of 25 students ranging academically from intensive needs to average. Team meetings, parent conferences, and special duties filled the rest of my time at school. Each evening I spent 3-5 hours searching for materials for future lessons, grading assignments and completing administrative tasks.
The hardest part of the job was dealing with constant curriculum changes, a lack of teaching material to implement the curriculum, and poor departmental communication. In addition, I was subject to regular verbal and physical assaults from students that often were ignored by the administration.
Enjoyment came from few parents and students that respected me and my undying effort to help facilitate learning. It was exhilarating to receive positive responses to my lessons from students knowing that they understood and even enjoyed it.
food service - cafeteria (Former Employee) – New York, NY – April 9, 2013
prep as needed of food items, review the menu daily & set up of your area work station. served lunches to the students & teahers daily. i learned alot of useful things to do w/my home cooking of different items. management were all different & very stern in their position of teaching you duties. my co-workers were all pretty good to work with no matter where i was sent. the worst i ever indured were out of control children in line.. also going into different sites & setting up according to their ways of serving. the most enjoyable part was, summer break and coming back to a whole new bunch of students.
being able to go to different locations & being done with the job early in the day.
being sent to rough areas to do the job you are asked to do.
As a Substitute Teacher I have the benefits of learning the uniqueness of each school within the Buffalo Public School system.
Substitute Teacher (Current Employee) – Buffalo, New York – November 26, 2012
Buffalo Public Schools system is a great place to work. Many of the teachers are focused on the common goal "Student achievement by putting students first". The work environment is great and supportive. The most difficult part of the job is lack of consistency. Substitute teachers are not granted specific hours for working. When I am working, I am rewarded by knowing that I have helped students excel academically in a way that they will use the skills I have taught them to become successful members of society.
TEACHER MATHEMATICS (Current Employee) – Buffalo, NY – August 17, 2012
Buffalo Schools has been fall victim to a contracting community along with a contracting budget. With these limitations, the teachers and administrators in schools have used creative measures along with hard work to optimize student performance in a constantly changing educational expectation.
convoluted expectations and goals due to the large size of the district
Teacher's Aide (Former Employee) – Buffalo, NY – July 9, 2012
I loved going in to work to work with the kids from K - 8 that was great helping them with all the skill they would need from the next level helping out the teacher with lesson plans and teaching the student thing the teacher didn't have time to do cause of meeting an thing like that
seeing the child you work so hard with walk across stage or move on to the next level
being place in classroom as a sub and not getting sub pay
Building Math Teacher (Current Employee) – Buffalo, NY – June 11, 2012
My day at work begins with checking e-mails, greeting students and staff and fulfilling requests by classroom teachers. These requests can include supplying them with manipulatives, extra lessons on certain concepts, taking a small group during class time or asking for guidance on how to teach a certain concept. Attending grade level meetings is required as well.
I've learned that as professionals, teachers are life-long learners.
Management of time and classroom personalities is an on-the-job, day-to-day activitiy. There is no "rule book" so ingenuity and spontaneity is a plus.
Coworkers are a saving grace! We work well as a team and supporting one another makes the work place environment a joy.
The hardest part of my job is thoroughly understanding the hardships that several students endure. Their personal lives often interfere with their zeal to learn and can at times cause the educator to feel like they have not fulfilled their responsibility.
The most enjoyable part is when a student has an "ah-ha" moment and when they tell you how much you have meant to them throughout the school year.
Teacher (Former Employee) – Buffalo – February 29, 2012
My interview was 5 minutes long the day before school started. When hired, I was sent to a school that had a long list of teachers that had been fired in that certain discipline. They seemed to have scapegoated these teachers. The union was no help as it was a 1 year position. Would never ever work for this district again.