Not so good for a substitute teacher. A lot of the students did not have respect for these teachers and were often unruly. Many of the teachers did not leave work for the students and when the kids do not have anything to do the Sub teacher is at a loss
My typical day at work is to teach students Math, Science, Reading and Language Arts and Social Studies. I stand up the bulk of the time and I have to walk the students to lunch and to their special classes.
I have learned how to be patient and to manage my classroom well and to use my time wisely because you can get so busy that time will slip away.
All of my co-workers are not team players. They are only interested in teaching their students and they are not concerned about other children.
The hardest part of the job is classroom management. It doesn't matter how effective a teacher you are if you are not good at managing your class then you will not be able to teach effectively.
The most enjoyable part of the job is when I see that my students are learning and how they are using what I have taught them.
I enjoyed working with the children in need. I learned how to care for children in need of care and assistance Management was caring and observing. I enjoyed working with my employees the hardest part of my job was handeling troubled children but with love and care I was able to help them in any way shape and form. the most enjoyable part of this job was receiving the love from children
CONS: - Lack of organization from top down. - Lack of curriculum alignment design and implementation. - Heavily focused on test scores rather than other measurements that might actually lead to college success. - Inner City schools have a lot of turn over, specifically in Freshmen level departments. - Could be emotionally and intellectually draining. - Many students cannot read or write basic sentences. - Leadership and teachers can appear stressed out. - 90% of student do not do their homework.
PROS: - Lots of opportunity to take leadership in many areas related to the issues as stated above. - Fair pay when compared with what other districts pay teachers. - Lots of opportunities on how to be creative due to the general population's lack of respect for education.
A typical day at work consist of teaching 7 -55 minute classes along with discipline management. What I have learned while working as a classroom teacher is that in the past two years politics have taken over the field of education. This creates the need for me to strategic implement a well-organized management plan that will ensure successful results in the classroom. I work with a large team of co-workers that make communication difficult due to the fact that it is difficult to know everyone or build a resource network. I am currently working with two new teachers first year teaches which places me in charge to complete all unfamiliar task. The hardest part of the job is not having the administrative or parental support needed to inspire students. The most enjoyable part of the job is reaching a student that appeared to be lost in his/her learning and one day the child's mindset changes.
M-F workdays, off during the summer and weekends, incentives
Minimum Administration involvement in guiding vision, expensive health insurance, paper work overload, minimum prparation time
A typical day at work for me is planning, implementing and achieving goals on time or before. By that, I mean I like to complete my job duties in an orderly manner; have great working relationships with co-workers and management. The hardest part of the job is trying too hard to make sure I have done the best job I can do. The most enjoyable part of the job is being happy about what I do and the people I work with.
I have retired from the Dallas Independent School District. This district has given me the opportunity to learn and grow. I have loved my time with this district and my work with its teachers and students.
A regular day consists of payroll and Aesop reports, assisting teachers and teacher substitutes, activity funds, general funds and Title I purchase requisitions and so much more. I believe the most important thing I have learned is that to make a school office function you need team work. Our office works together to accomplish the goal at hand and that is to provide a safe and secure learning environment to our students. Also, we work hard to have an open communication with our parents and community leaders. The most enjoyable part of my job is the friendships I have developed with both office staff and parent volunteers.
Art Teacher (Current Employee) – Dallas, TX – December 16, 2015
Since the introduction of the TEI plan I do not feel that this is a place for me to have any career growth or advancement. My campus has no structure and I have experienced discrimination. There is a lack of professionalism, which affects school moral. Dallas ISD and my campus both are very inconsistent, and unprofessional.
Professional Community Relations, Coordinator, Advocate, Organizer
Community Relations Coordinator (Current Employee) – Dallas TX – December 14, 2015
Working daily to bridge the gap between neighborhoods, communities,and Dallas ISD schools.
Currently serving as the districts point of contact for community groups and external organizations, while keeping communities abreast of District initiatives, issues, and concerns. Developing and implementing collaborations among current and prospective community leaders, key stakeholders, and other community supporters that will result in volunteers, mentors, tutors, financial supporters, etc. Work cooperatively with administrators, staff, and communities in planning and developing informational programs and/or task forces as needed Manage and execute community meetings informing communities of district initiatives such as promoting Public School Choice, Comprehensive Plan for Programs and Facilities.
Teacher (Former Employee) – Dallas, TX – November 25, 2015
I went into education because I wanted to try making a difference. In my (approximate) year and a half working in Dallas ISD, I know I made some kind of difference - but everything is a numbers game to anyone who isn't in the classroom. You spend so much time trying to fill out paperwork on how your students scored on this and that and the other that you feel like 24 hours isn't enough time in a day to accomplish all that along with preparing for the next day. It was not uncommon for me to be at work until 7:00 most every night just to feel like I was ready for the next day - and you can forget about never taking your work home with your overnight and on the weekends. There's no autonomy in it, really - and if something doesn't go well in your classroom or with your students' scores the fingers get pointed at you.
good pay, enjoyable if you like kids, the profession is important
way too much concern with test scores, little to no autonomy, "helicopter supervisors" who want compliance rather than commitment, continuous paperwork, continuous time constraints
I love to work hard for what I do im a people person I enjoy help other and I hope they help me to if I needed it. it is a great place to work. the people are very nice and I enjoy come to work everyday.
Fun time to work with good people. Reconciling the Accounts Payable Ledger with the General Accounting Ledger was a very good challenge for me. Managers were very helpful. Jean day was fun on Fridays when we celebrated Pink days at the district.
Dallas ISD has a very streamlined, online system for choosing openings for either part or full time assignments (including multiple day assignments). The department for substitute teachers were very easy and direct about their requirements and expectations.
As a substitute teacher, the administrators at the various schools I worked out were helpful about giving me the information I needed to be successful for a given assignment.
Classroom work was lots of fun especially in my music classes; response was great with all the children especially kindergarteners, It was great when the students started speaking English. Music was a great learning strategy and I received great support from co-workers and parents