Getting from Casual to Part-Time
Submitted by Anonymous (07-11-2012)
Does anyone have any hints about how to get a job??
I am casual, and this year to date, I have paid to have my two youngest children in care 2 days a week for the entire term, and I have only had 4 days work!!
There are no jobs around for full-time or part-time, I was told that there would be heaps of work for a casual teacher of K-6. I have never held a part-time or full-time position in teaching, having done casual when first graduated from July - Dec 07 and then 12mths off (unpaid maternity).
I have my name down at the 3 local schools; the Catholic school my daughter attends plus 2 public schools. I had one day at one public school in Feb and have never been called again, and 3 days in the other public school in March.
I go in to the schools with a plan for the day and my own resources just in case the teacher hasn't left any work, but in this area (unlike where I did my initial casual work) all the teachers leave their own plan and so I follow that; provided I know what they are talking about.
I've read comments like "here yr 2 do r.reading" Now to me that means running read, where they read from a set text and you mark types of errors they are making, but no such thing was lying around anywhere, and when I asked the other staff, they didn't know what was meant and said a casual shouldn't be doing that, just get them to read independently.
Same teacher has left other vague messages I couldn't work out like spelling is on s.board, have students match 'ee' words to the pics. But I opened everything on the smart board and couldn't find what she meant.
I don't know if I'm doing something wrong, or what. I so wish I had my own class, it's very hard as a new teacher to only get 1hr to get my self and my kids into the respective schools/childcare and teach someone else's class.