I’ve done my first two days at my new job, and it’s definitely different from anything I have ever done before. The class I’ve been put in as a TA is a class with young people who have autism, and sometimes a few other special needs as well. At the moment I still feel somewhat lost, since I have no experience with this type of work, and I don’t know anyone yet or how best to deal with situations.
I’m sure it will get easier as I get more experience. Eventually I should stop feeling quite so useless!
So far, I actually only got to do one day with “my” class though, since they were a bit short on staff today – so they actually put me in another class for the day! It was interesting to see what a different class with different special needs looked like.
There are so many impressions and so many new people and things to learn at this point, that at the end of the day I am completely shattered.
This weekend will probably consist mainly of me sleeping.