Walking-Iris Posted February 20, 2013 Share Posted February 20, 2013 Our local community college seems to be a mess. My Husband interviewed and landed a GED teaching position. He was referred to the interview because he substitutes and a coworker mentioned it. At first it was to fill a need. They needed part time help in the evenings for 6 weeks and for a month in the mornings. My dh said yes. He was initially told there was a syllabus available and he would need to travel for one training session. NOW he is getting scheduled to go to several meetings, has to register and complete an online training, and they have asked him to think about fall and summer classes, AND they have asked him to turn in a rough draft of his syllabus. They took what was interviewed as a part time (similar to substituting) position and dropped full time GED teacher in his lap. My front room has a pile of 3 inch binders that he was told he needed to use to plan his lessons and write his syllabus. We were going over them together and they are so disjointed and unorganized: badly scanned and copied pages from powerpoint presentations, random print outs from various about.com websites, copies of sample student essays (handwritten) with no explanation as to what the essay was referring to. And on and on. It is really tortuous to look through and make sense out of it all. He was very upfront that he was not strong in math, and that he would essentially be re-teaching himself some of the math as he went along. They didn't seem to care. We find it odd because these particular students are being "fast tracked" to go into the college's healthcare program---phlebotomist, cna, and so on. They really don't seem to see the disconnect of a substitute teacher with a business degree, who is very upfront about his doubts, teaching these adults. They also told him that some of these adults have a reading level of 5th-8th grade. These are our healthcare workers? They also threw it out there "like it was no big deal" that they could lose some funding if these adults don't show improvement in their reading scores. Again --they hired a substitute teacher who is backpedaling and telling them his doubts to do this? He says it has become them nearly begging him to do it. Apparently there isn't a ton of people lined up to be GED teachers. They were required to interview 3 people and they admitted one interviewee was not real, just to fill that quota. We have just started a home business and that takes up quite a bit of my dh's time. He's conflicted. He didn't mind when it was a part time job to help, and he admits to be being intrigued with the challenge. He's a smart guy and people like him and I have no doubts that he's going to do a good job. He's competitive and takes up challenges easily. It could be helpful to have that extra income since the home business is new and not reliable yet. We're just bothered with the state of disorganization of all the materials they are giving him. And we're bothered by how they seem to just want to get these people through the doors and the system as fast as possible. My homeschooling curriculum is better organized and makes better sense than these stacks of binders they keep giving him to use. They truly are terrible. Has anyone done this work? Advice? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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