Thirteen Things I Enjoy About my Job

This week for Thursday Thirteen I would like to tell you Thirteen Things I enjoy about my job (I am a paraeducator in a middle school.):

  • I have the privilege of working with some very creative, competent, dedicated teachers.
  • I enjoy working with this age of student (6th grade through 8th grade). It’s not exactly early intervention, which I understand is the most effective, but still there’s hope of benefiting the students.
  • Each day is different!
  • It is heart-warming to observe young people engage with a problem and really think about it.
  • The job is challenging. I need to be a detective of sorts, trying to figure out, with the guidance of the classroom teachers and the Special Ed teacher, the best way to help our young people succeed.
  • I do lots of walking from one end of the building to the other. Exercise is a lovely benefit.
  • I have two children attending the school, so feel more involved with their school careers since I’m there as well.
  • With this job comes the benefit of health insurance, something my husband and I have never had before.
  • I work part-time, so there’s still time for family duties and fun.
  • I don’t work summers (although I do hope to help with summer school this year.).
  • I receive an educational discount at Barnes and Noble because I work in the field of education.
  • Working keeps me from spending even more time on the internet than I do now.
  • Now that my family is growing up, working at the school is broadening my horizons. There is less for me to do at home now, so I needed this challenge.

14 Responses to “Thirteen Things I Enjoy About my Job”

  1. Renee says:

    You’re very lucky to have a job that your enjoy!

    Happy Thursday! :-)

  2. Anne says:

    My fourthteenth would be I have at least one good belly laugh a day from the students I work with. They are so quick, I love the humor.

  3. Anne says:

    My fourteenth would be at least one good belly laugh a day. My students are so quick and honest.

    Anne

  4. Dianne says:

    Being a para-professional in a Special Ed. classroom I also can relate to your Thirteen. In addition I would add the challenge of learning something new every day. Some days I wonder who is the Special Ed student, the students or the staff 8 classroom staff I work with every day. Loveing what I do daily.

  5. Ayodele says:

    To be very honest with you, my best time to work with the students is when I have to reinforce what they had been taught by the teacher. I am a kindergarten para. I enjoy asking them what they did with the teacher after they come with me. If they can not tell me in words I have them show me if they can. If they can not do either I jump in and show/tell them again through manipulatives if necessary. You should see their faces when they get to tell me in words what they did or show me what they did using manipulatives.