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Since many of my friends are involved in education, I'm hoping this isn't only interesting to me.

I have placements at my designated high school for one 2-hour session per week.  I have a designated supervisor , who is supposed to be helping, y'know, teach.

The first week, after 15 minutes, he disappeared for 15 minutes without warning.

Over the past two weeks, my supervisor has actually supervised me a total of 15 minutes.  Last week, he was absent, and so he sent a replacement (his "assistant") .  The replacement was not aware that the session was to run for two periods, and he was not available for the second.  Therefore, at the bell, some time was spent in firstly shifting the students out of the room (and re-arranging it to its previous state), followed by moving the students to the junior school office.  Some time was then spent finding a new teacher who would be able to supervise thse group during the next period, and in finding a room in which we would be able to run the session.

OK, he fucked up his communication. 

Today, he failed to turn up for 15 minutes, gave me a call that "no one had called for him to come to the session" (so, he apparently needs to be baby-sat by the admin staff).  He turned up for 15 minutes, then said that he had to go teach an extra.  But all would be OK, because the Associate principal would "be walking past" so, if there were problems I could get her to come in.

For Fuck's sake mate. 

Incidentally, the AP was busy with a student, so she didn't walk past.
Oh yeah.  And I asked him to get me a VHS player for this week so I could play a 5 minute video.   He didn't have one prepared.  At least there was a whiteboard there this time (for the first time).

To be lazy at one's job is one thing.  To be totally derelict of the legal requirements of the job is entirely another.

Date: 2010-08-25 09:51 pm (UTC)
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Wow, that's so bad!

Unfortunately I think you need to make a complaint - you aren't able to concentrate on learning what you're there to learn when you're not being supported by your supervisor. Sounds like he's just pocketing the extra money and skiving.

I'm pretty sure it's actually illegal for you to be left alone with the kids - you're not a registered teacher. Out of interest, do you have a working with children check? Because if you don't, that's another strike against the supervisor.

Good luck.

Date: 2010-08-26 12:33 am (UTC)
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Can I suggest you make your initial complaint through the uni's liason officer for the school or the coordinator of your placement programme?
If they aren't brought into the loop about the problem, they may get grumpy. Also, they have much more power than you do in this situation so use it.

Date: 2010-08-26 12:34 am (UTC)
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Oh, and yes, that's not cool. Not cool at all.

Date: 2010-08-26 04:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Kate is right. Even with your WWCC, it's illegal for you to be in the classroom AT ANY TIME EVER without a teacher registered with VIT. Your supervisor is breaking the law.

At this point I'd go over his head and speak with someone with the authority to kick his ass. Being a student teacher is hard (and scary!) enough without the people who are supposed to be helping you well, you know...helping.


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