Ach! Somehow his thread fell off my radar. Duh.
Rosie, so glad you're at least in a place where you feel you are being proactive and not just being banged around from all sides. I truly hope you find a job that treats you as well as you deserve.
If I can help you with your grad student, let me know. I'd be willng to help answer questions or you could even have her come on here to "research" her questions. I loved having grad students and, yes, I fell behind because of so much talking about "speech stuff", too, so I feel your pain :)
I've worked in every setting imagineable and I have to say that working with kids is what works for me. I liked aspects of my other jobs like the people I worked with or the salary or the benefits or the facilties, but the speech part of it was kind of blah for me and left me feeling unfulfilled. Working in habilitation (as opposed to RE-habilitation), being part of a kid's school day and not just an hour a week, doing language lessons with classrooms, answering parent questions and concerns and trouble-shooting with "the team" on those hard to figure out kids just fills me right up. It's the teacher jealousy (some, not all), the politics, the make-up sessions, the demand to be in two or three places at once, the stupid totally-doesn't-pertain-to-me mandatory inservices and faculty meetings when I could at least be catching up insead, the endless and suffocating paperwork and the feeling of being completely under-valued that drags me down.....deep down sometimes. But here's my bed and here's where I lie....at least for now. I need the pension, the steady work, the same schedule as my son and the health benefits. As long as the school district still offers me these, then I'm stuck.
If I had my way, though, I would definitely go back to per-diem/Early Intervention/long term subbing. I got the pluses but because the districts had to pay by the hour I had a fraction of the other "stuff".
Hang in there!
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