Start the Job Right

It’s August folks and you know what that means…time for a new school year. So to get things off on the right foot, here are some hints from the OEA Website…

You were hired because you are the best candidate for the job. Keep that positive image going by practicing some of these tips.

  • Learn School Policies: You need to know what the administration expects from students and staff in regard to areas of school life.
  • Learn Work Rules: These rules effect and direct your job and employment, e.g. applying for vacation time or taking a sick day.
  • Discuss Expectations: Within the first few days, talk to your fellow employees. Ask them what their expectations on the job are. Tell them what your job expectations are. This helps you as a member of a positive employee team.
  • Plan Your Work: You will want to be organized and have “all bases covered.” What you do during the first week or two will help establish expectations of your value as a team employee.
  • Learn Names: As quickly as possible, learn the names of your unit coworkers. Once this is done learn the names of other work site personnel.
  • Be Consistent: Begin the year with confidence in yourself and in your ability to do your job and become better at it. Be firm in your belief of yourself and your abilities.
  • Deal with Disruptive Student Behavior: Know your school policies. Ask for clarification of the policies before events occur. Remember that 89% of violent acts that occur in schools occur outside the classroom. These are the areas where ESP employees are found. By knowing and enforcing school safety policies, you are contributing to the overall quality of the school.
  • In a tense situation, the use of humor might be the best course of action. When a possible challenge is perceived, humor can be used to negate the challenge.
  • Don’t be ashamed or hesitant to ask for help. Association representatives and other school employees are there to help-use them.
  • Schedule When Necessary: Many employees are successful when they regularly plan meeting their work responsibilities. Your first few weeks are crucial to your career. Using administrative guidance, plan, plan, and plan again for this time period. Then follow through. It will demonstrate your interest and value. As you gain experience in your job, the planning will become easier. It will lead to recognition of your abilities.

Keep These in a Safe Place!

As the new school year is about to start, it is recommended that all teachers maintain an easily accessible personal file(s) at home or at school to contain important documents such as:

  • Licenses and/or certificates
  • Diplomas
  • Transcripts of credits and degrees
  • Record of job-related seminars, workshops and conferences
  • Letters of appointment or hire
  • Employee contracts, including any supplemental contracts
  • Record of hire from the employer’s official minutes (Board meeting minutes)
  • Record of accumulated sick leave and other leave days (personal, vacation)
  • Copy of assignment schedule
  • Log of tax-deductible job-related expenses
  • Copies of insurance policies
  • Information from the retirement system
  • Yearly salary notice provided by the employer
  • Documentation of commendations, awards and honors
  • Employee salary or wage schedule; pay stubs
  • All evaluation records
  • Letters to and from parents and students
  • Letters to and from administrators/supervisors and department heads
  • District policies on student discipline, suspension, expulsion, corporal punishment
  • Record of disciplinary methods used in handling student problems, including date and witnesses involved
  • Record of assaults, violence, or workplace thefts
  • Written personal reconstruction of events surrounding student injuries
  • School calendar
  • Fringe benefit information; claim records

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