Respect and classroom management is the biggest issue.
- As a substitute teacher, you will not get a lot of respect from the students.
Understand that you are dealing with about 200 students a day who believe that they have a free day (even if they don´t). It can become very stressful, and it can be very easy to forget the a lot of us, who now work in education, were once like the students who have too much energy, talk too much, ditch, walk out of the classroom without permission, try to assault you, etc. Still, the fact that we were once like them does not excuse the behavior.
- You do have a lot of help during assignments.
Use the resources they provide you in case you need help managing a class. Introduce yourself to the teacher next door (most of the time, they will not be a sub like you). Ask them if it´s okay if you send one or two rowdy students to them. In most cases, the student will see regular teachers as ¨actual authority,¨ and not someone they can push around. Learn the school´s extensions for the main office and the dean for more help.
- Follow Through.
When you say you are going to take such-and-such actions if a student is being disrespectful, follow through with your punishment/action. Students are quick to notice whether you walk the walk or are just full of hot air. Similarly, if you say you are going to reward them, follow through.
- Be prepared.
Lesson plans can only go so far. Classroom management can be easier if you get there early, write out everything you want out of the students
Teaching is a Service Position like being President
By the end, I found getting to school an hour before the students relaxed me, making daily challenges more manageable. Weird lack of general salary increases, working without a contract, and a bizarre payroll situation when the District changed systems (resulting in me paying back monies TWICE that I'd actually earned while working off-track at another school) simply had to be accepted if I wanted the work.
Having expired preliminary CA credentials and children when I needed a job, CSUN, California Teacher Credentialling and LAUSD made it possible for me to build a career I didn't even know I wanted as a Special Educator. As long as I left my ego at the door, middle school was an outstanding job for me. I was able to work while taking classes to obtain clear credentials, Special Ed certification, advance to a Masters Degree in Special Education, and obtain an Autism Authorization. With District, administrative and colleague support, I was privileged to help build a program to prepare specific ASD students for independence and success beyond high school graduation. When I see those working young adults today, the hard parts of the JOB melt away.
Managing other adults has always been difficult for me. There were adult assistants who needed to follow my instructions with student learning as well as collect data for annual student independent education program reviews. Asking them to do it 'my way' and honestly evaluating their individual performance was uncomfortable
ProsTwelve month salary, time away from school, academic advancement opportunities, accumulated sick leave
ConsCancellation of the high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder program in 2018, parents who wanted a different child.
Great and rewarding place to work. People are professional, supportive and friendly. I feel pay and respect for the profession could be better.
LAUSD is a great place to work at. Benefits and vacations are wonderful. It has some areas of growth, such as pay increase and support for teachers. Schools are overcrowded and students are over tested. The work place is amazing. Teachers are very supportive of each other and professional. I would say that the most enjoyable part of my day is when I differentiate my instruction because I get to meet with students in small groups and really address their academic needs. I think the most difficult part of the day is time. I am a teacher that works very hard to provide the best service possible to my students. Therefore, it becomes challenging wanting to cover all subject areas but not having enough time in the day. A more general difficult part of the day is learning about the family difficulties some students struggle with everyday, and realizing that as a teacher, you can only do so much for them. A typical day at work starts at 7:50 am. When I make copies or prepare before I pick up the students from the playground at 8:06 am. We start the day with morning business such as attendance and breakfast in the classroom. As they eat breakfast they are working on a quick review of either math or grammar following of review of homework. I also use this time to connect with my students and talk a bit about what is going on in their lives. At 9 am I start the math lesson for the day. We do some math problems together and then they work independently on some. While students are workin
Being a substitute teacher is a tough gig. I won't lie. More often than not the teacher your covering for rarely leaves you the greatest tools (or cleanest classrooms) to be 100% effective, and since you're a substitute the students will have very little respect for you. You can be a taskmaster or try to be their best friend. The kids will test your sanity.
That being said if you're someone that thrives in stressful work environments that teach you patience and how to think on your feet, this is a great job. There's also the flexibility to a point since you ultimately get to decide which jobs you do or do not take. As far as it being rewarding this is really person-to-person. Sometimes I've found it really fulfilling when I feel like I'm getting through to the children. Sometimes I've wanted to just to lock myself in one of the closets and pretend I'm not there. Each classroom is different. The only similarity is parts of the day WILL be challenging as you navigate new faces and ever-changing attitudes.
As a new substitute, you're more than likely guaranteed jobs on Fridays. Apart from that, it's very random and until you build up steam and credibility with schools you'll have a tough first few months. If you stick with it the calls with start coming more and more. The pay is decent for a short workday, but you will certainly earn every penny. There are also no benefits to speak of until you hit a certain # of hours, which will take time given the slow start at the beg
ProsDecent pay, flexibility, and you learn how to manage your stress.
ConsTime-consuming hiring process, difficult children, and lack of job calls.
Clean building floors by sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, or vacuuming them.
•Gather and empty trash.
•Service, clean, and supply restrooms.
•Clean and polish furniture and fixtures.
•Clean windows, glass partitions, and mirrors, using soapy water or other cleaners, sponges, and squeegees.
•Dust furniture, walls, machines, and equipment.
•Make adjustments and minor repairs to heating, cooling, ventilating, plumbing, and electrical systems.
•Mix water and detergents or acids in containers to prepare cleaning solutions, according to specifications.
•Steam-clean or shampoo carpets.
•Strip, seal, finish, and polish floors.
•Clean and restore building interiors damaged by fire, smoke, or water, using commercial cleaning equipment.
•Clean chimneys, flues, and connecting pipes, using power and hand tools.
•Clean laboratory equipment, such as glassware and metal instruments, using solvents, brushes, rags, and power cleaning equipment.
•Drive vehicles required to perform or travel to cleaning work, including vans, industrial trucks, or industrial vacuum cleaners.
•Follow procedures for the use of chemical cleaners and power equipment, in order to prevent damage to floors and fixtures.
•Monitor building security and safety by performing such tasks as locking doors after operating hours and checking electrical appliance use to ensure that hazards are not created.
•Move heavy furniture, equipment, and supplies, either manually or by using hand trucks.
Great resume builder and benefits, but unhappy employees due to poor management. No respect to personal time or days off
Great place to work if you have the right leaders teaching you what to do depends which team/location you end up under. There is high turnover so lots of new employees being trained by other new employees which can create a problem. At some point things get miscommunicated because the information/training is not coming from a reliable source. Many people spend months trying to get the job then they leave in a few weeks. Worst thing is management doesn’t even care to inform the company of staff turnover. You always see new faces and have no idea who they are and next thing your coworker is gone. All of a sudden people just disappear. No email to welcome new employees or announcements that an employee is no longer working there. If they did send these notifications they would be doing so weekly. Management is in the habit of asking employees to drive all over LA to wherever they want without having consideration about where employees live and how long it will take to get home. Many employees higher up at the Safety Officer level are unhappy and complain about lack of training and being blamed for things they did not know they were supposed to do. This job requires 80% driving from school to school to inspect. Even simple things like if bathroom has been cleaned because they do not trust school staff to check. So they ask you to drive all over town asking you to check and see if toilets are clean. The good thing is that they have good Health Benefits, time off, you learn lots of
Application to work is made directly to the schools that you wish to work. There is an opportunity to speak directly with the principal of each school who can tell you exactly what is expected of you, the environment that you will be working in and.the people you will be working with daily. That interview process also gives the principal a chance to see if you are a good fit for their program and vice versa.
I taught in the fields of my experience and training. The challenge each day was to help each student (high school or adult) to acheive some proficiency in their learning. Students were mostly highly motivated to learn as much as they could so that they would be able to speak and work comfortably in any environment.
ESL - Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center - Teaching ESL to Adults. Typical work session was challenging because parts of the english language (verbs, nouns, contrations, etc.)have to be clearly taught and reviewed in various contexts to be understood and used correctly. Students very motivated. Enjoyable teaching experience.
ROP - HIP Northrop Grumman - An employee driven program sponsored by Northrop Grumman. Mainly coordinated the partnering of students to employees jobs (e.g project mgr, admin. assts., warehouse workers, etc.). Students had basic classroom sessions once a week after regular school day. Inspiring job.
CTE - Harbor Occupational Center - Taught basic computer literacy in Word, Excel and Powerpoint. High school stu
ProsGreat working environment. Good compensation.
ConsGood compensation only paid once a month.
Special Education Paraprofessional | Bell, CA | Oct 2, 2020
Work ethics, leadership and working with students with disabilities
It is such a blessing to have career working with students with disabilities where I can support and implement IEP and Behavior Plan goals daily. I enjoy getting to work a little before the students arrive and coordinate lesson plans with teacher and get things set up to begin our day. I enjoy creating my art lesson plans for our students to enjoy a time of sensory finger painting and many crafts. Our day begins with breakfast which I pass out. After we have a session of sensory music followed by body movements. We do our morning routine of writing a morning journal followed by calendar, counting, writing name, spelling list for the week, 5 x's each followed by a bathroom break with recess right after which I take them to. After recess we do math in our workbooks using counters and manipulatives in rotating groups. The teacher and I take turns teaching the students a math lesson. After math, we usually read a story and ask questions in groups to allow less distractions and more attention per student. Students will then engage in social skills conversation using prompts. I then take them to a restroom break followed by lunch and recess which I supervise. After lunch we have arts and crafts where students are free to express themselves by using paint water colors or crayons using a model that I present to them which is fun for them. Towards the end of the day, I get homework packets ready and folders with a daily behavior journal sent home for parents to read, sign and return.
Over all LAUSD is agood place to work if you like children and the opportunity to work in education plus teach health.
A typical day was always full of surprises but very busy. Due to a decrease in funding the job had become laborious due to unavailability of sufficient computer equipment and language interpreters. I learned so much about different nationalities and cultures by working closely with them. I also learned that our mental health system needs a complete haul over. The day included frequent collaorations with other health diciplines and parents as well. Health education was provided to staff, parents and students as well.
Sometimes management was questionable but you continued to do your job as best as you can. The hardest part of the job was the follow-up of diabetics which often entailed interrupting whatever you were in the midst of to relocate at another site to provide insulin coverage. Frequently it was on short notice. It did not matter what you were in the midst of, be it vision or scolioss screening to relocate to another site to provide insulin coverage. Often, the site you were needed at was on the other side of town. A few of our nurses had car accidents trying to reach thse sites. There are several instances that made my job most enjoyable including: when I could help a student and his parents when no other help had been available. Sometime I found that a child had a diagnosis that had been inadvertenly over-looked, referred them out for follow-up. Also when a child presented with certain symptoms and was able to refer them to the proper health source ultimat
Los Angeles Unified School District is great school district offer to employee a lot of opportunity on your career path
I worked at LAUSD Payroll Administration as Payroll Specialist more than 9 years.
My job duty is:
• Analyzes and maintains payroll and HR records, benefits records, using SAP applications to ensure accurate salary payment and deduction.
• Analyzes time-report information, HR assignment information, deduction information, and other documents to discern errors, determine the causes of errors, and initiate adjustment.
• Applies certificated and classified personnel regulation in determining correct payments and records, and explains them to administrator, office manager, and other employees.
Consisting of coordinating schedules efficiently so that all employees have their appropriate deductions, on time before payroll is finalized.
o Prepare various reports regarding deduction processing payroll (DPR), 403B & 457B are ran on time and coordinated with those schedules of the Payroll Processing Unit then validate and review the results from the Payroll Deductions unit against those of the Payroll Processing unit to avoid any discrepancies.
• Provide confidential employees payroll information to public agencies, credit union banks, and vendors.
• Respond post tax deduction questions from employees regarding: assignment data, time-report, retirement, garnishment, over payment, employee option life, and payroll deduction: federal tax, state tax, social security tax, state disabilities tax, and post-tax deduction
Every year we had to go training class to improv
ProsSchool District offer good health benefit package to employees
Questions And Answers about Los Angeles Unified School District
How long does it take to get hired from start to finish at Los Angeles Unified School District? What are the steps along the way?
Asked Jun 15, 2016
For B&G takes 2 months plus pass test plus interviews plus alternate times scheduled never the same and you have to be secury,janitor, and many more if you made mistake you're over for 16.22 to start and done with 18 for hour think well if you need that
Answered Jul 10, 2021
I applied for an LVN position, it took me 1 year to get hired on.
Answered Dec 21, 2018
What is the best part of working at Los Angeles Unified School District?
Asked Feb 29, 2020
The working atmosphere and leadership treats employees fairly and creates a good working environment
Answered Jun 26, 2022
Answered Jun 4, 2022
How is job security in LAUSD and how long for probation period ?
Asked Dec 15, 2016
As a teacher, you are on a probationary hiring status for your first two years and you get evaluated two years in a row. If you pass both evaluations as "satisfactory", then you achieve permanent status. With permanent status, it is very hard to lose your job unless you do something against LAUSD policies. So I would say job security is pretty good as long as you do your job well.
Answered Apr 6, 2022
Job security not guaranteed here if LAUSD have you be first to go
Answered Aug 23, 2020
If you were in charge, what would you do to make Los Angeles Unified School District a better place to work?
Asked Jun 20, 2018
I would break up the district as fortunes are wasted on a corrupt and useless bureaucracy at Beaudry.
Answered Jun 25, 2020
Get rid of the position of area operations supervisor those are the biggest waste of money and use Beneficial for be used for other building and grounds workers
Answered Apr 27, 2020
How did you get your first interview at Los Angeles Unified School District?
Asked Jul 25, 2016
At Evelyn gratts elementary school.
Answered Aug 18, 2018
I had to take a write test and pass with 100 percent and after school started in September they call me for interview and started after that.