Hi All, I’m in my 4th year of teaching 4th grade, and I go home more emotionally drained than the day before, the week before, the month before, the year before. They are so needy. I counted yesterday, and I had 15 kids in 20 minutes come to ask me a question, tell me a story, tattle, etc. We have a 2 year-old son, and I feel like the worst mom ever because I’m so drained I can’t wait for bedtime because I need some peace and quiet and time when someone doesn’t need something from me. There’s a possibility of a 7/8 ELA position opening up in my district. I know each grade level has challenges, and it’s kind of a trade off. But, I’m considering applying. Anyway made a jump this big? My degree is elementary, so I can teach up to 8th in everything except math. But, I have an additional certification for middle level English.