Overworked and Underpaid (for real)

Hi! *Yawn* I'm tired. My new job is wearing me out. So... I thought my new job was just a "long-term sub" job and was going to be practically the same. Just me subbing in the same classroom for the rest of the year. Sounded easy enough, right? Ummm, not so much. Let me tell you about the extra tasks that are now assigned to me as a "long-term sub"... :
  • Teaching 4 classes of math each day
  • Teaching 1 social studies class on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (ugh, I'm not a big S.S. fan, especially not 6th grade world geography S.S.)
  • Teaching a math tutorial class on Tuesday and Thursday (with all the kids who failed their practice TAKS test, so that's approx 30 trouble makers all in one class... fun.)
  • Tutoring on Tuesday afternoons (for which I do not get paid for, even though teachers get paid extra to do this, but since I am just a "sub" I can not get paid. But the principal encouraged me to do it, telling me that it would look good on my resume for next year...FINE.)
  • Making lesson plans
  • Grading papers
  • Entering grades into the computer
  • Keeping up with attendance, kids who are in ISS, assigning make-up work, keeping who was where and when straight
  • Proctoring various tests (TAKS, benchmarks, etc)
  • Disciplining children
  • Calling parents
  • Making copies
  • Lamenating things (which, ok, fine...I secretly love and am in awe of the lamenation machine)
  • Attending team meetings
  • Staying late after school for math related activities
  • Taking stuff home with me to grade/plan ahead with
  • ETC, ETC

Ok, so I really am enjoying my new job and I am thankful to be able to get all of this really great experience that will hopefully land me a job at this school (or another in the district) next year. But really, I feel like a slave mule who is doing all of the work of a full-time salaried teacher while getting paid minimum wage. I usually have to stay after school to get everything done and often have to take things home. I would not mind doing any one of the things on the above list if I was getting paid a fair amount, but it kinda sucks taking on the full job of a teacher without a salary or benefits. *sigh* Come on August!!! Or atleast Spring Break! Only 6 more teaching days 'til my mini-vacay! Thank God! This is all to explain why I have been a little absent from my blog lately! Still trying to adjust to my new schedule and still squeeze in my daily vent therapy blog sessions! :)

In other, more fun news, Mason and I are about to attend an advance screening of Alice in Wonderland at the IMAX theatre! Yay! I'll let you know how it is! Thanks Adrian for hooking us up with free tix! :)

Happy Thursday! XOXO


  1. I know how you feel! I had to do all that when I was long term subbing. Like you said...I wouldn't have minded doing all that if I was getting paid more :) At least tomorrow's Friday!

  2. Ha, I wish I was getting a REAL full teacher's salary too! Long-term subs work their butts off and do exactly the same job for no kind of money. I'd quit the tutoring if you aren't getting paid for it. I'm proud of you for working so hard. I bet you're learning so much.
    Enjoy yourself! XOXO

  3. I could barely finish your list without feeling overwhelmed for you! Hopefully it gets better soon! You'll find your rhythm!

  4. I know what you feel like....I am a sub too. I have never been a long term sub, but I have been asked once. I did turn them down because (oh I sub in lots of different school districts) I had dates on the calendar already planned and didn't want to cancell so many dates.

  5. oiy!! try and rest this weekend!