We do not get paid enough for so much emotional distress.
Pros: Kids, Flexible Hours, Learning
Cons: No Breaks, Compensation, Parents, Lack of Support, Stressful
The best part was working with kids, it definitely gives you insight on what you're gonna be dealing with if you want to become a teacher. Working at Think Together keeps you on your feet when it comes to language arts and math.
The worst part was dealing with parents who do not want to hear any feedback that relates to their child misbehaving. There are parents that will not like you because you complain about their child on a regular basis to them. However, that would not be the case if that child was behaving appropriate in the first place. There are parents that use this program as an after school daycare. The reason I say this is because they will allow their child to continue to act the way they act without taking any steps to making their behavior better, and if the parent aint on board, then the child aint on board. Thus, making it harder on the Program Leader to take up the task of attempting to change that child's behavior on their own. In a sense some kids are just there, because they have to be, not because they want to be.
This job does not pay Program Leaders enough for the amount of emotional distress we have to deal with on a daily basis with both parents and children. As PLs we have had our fair share of uncomfortable situations either with a parent yelling at us or a child yelling at us. I've seen each PL at my site lose their cool at least once, either in tears in the privacy of closed classroom doors or in walking away in anger.
Also, there is a lack of support from our Supervisor, leaving Program Leaders with the task of dealing with angry parents, – more... school administrators, event planning, and uncontrollable kids alone. I've had to use my own money to plan some of my activities with my kids, but I do not get paid enough to be doing that all the time. We haven't done anything exciting for them the whole year, and if you want to keep children involved you have to entice them with surprises once in a while. I wouldn't want to be in this program if I was a child, there's nothing to look forward to.
A tip to management, audits should be unannounced every month, not two times a school year. It'll work in your favor for the sake of this company. – less