How do you know when it's time to move on from your current post?

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  1. kellzy

    kellzy Comrade

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    I work in a large district: there are more than 60 elementary schools, more than 10 middle schools and 8 high schools. I have always worked at the same school. I've been there for 10 years and I have always loved my school. I like the population, I like the grade level, I like my colleagues, but big changes are coming. We are getting a new administration-first new administration I've ever had, and two of my closest teacher friends are leaving: one is retiring, and one is taking an administrative internship. I've been considering for about a year whether or not it's time to leave my school and transfer to a new place.
    My thoughts:
    1. I would love to teach 4th grade or 5th grades but I don't want to at my school because there's always a few that I definitely don't want in my class again.
    2. With my closest people leaving maybe it would be good for me to get a fresh start somewhere else.
    3. I'm comfortable. This could be a good or a bad thing. For me it has increased my confidence, but maybe outside my comfort zone would be nice.
    4. I have some really good relationships with some of the families at my school who still have kids coming up.
    5. We are one of the few elementary schools in the district with a 1-to-1 tech ratio, and I utilize technology in nearly every lesson to some extent.
    For those of you who work in situations where you have plenty of transfer opportunities, how do you know when it's time to move on and transfer somewhere else?
     
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  3. catnfiddle

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    My biggest suggestion is to make a "stay" list and a "go" list. Include anything you know about the other schools and the open positions there. See where your heart lands, not necessarily in terms of which list is longer.
     
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  4. Ms.Holyoke

    Ms.Holyoke Connoisseur

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    Personally, if you like your school, I would probably stay. I would try to learn about the other schools to see if there is anything else you think you might like better.

    Can you switch to a different grade level within your school?
     
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  5. UpperMidwest

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    When you mention transferring, are you thinking of transferring within the same district which I am assuming will preserve your seniority?
     
  6. futuremathsprof

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    Time for me to move on: When the money stops a flowin’, it’s time for me to get goin’.”
     
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  7. kellzy

    kellzy Comrade

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    Yes. Any transfer would be within my district. It would preserve my district seniority, and professional status (as opposed to provisional status), I would sacrifice school seniority.
     
  8. UpperMidwest

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    I am not sure what the consequences of sacrificing school seniority are. Maybe consider volunteering at the school for a few days to see what it is really like; however, as they say the grass is not always greener, and you will likely find difficult kids at the other school, too. If your job security is unaffected, I can't really see a downside for switching except that you will probably not get to switch back if it isn't like how you thought it would be(?). But as another responder said, consider a stay and go list.
     

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