I just finished my second year of teaching, both in 5th grade. I am in a really nice, suburban district where each job opening gets hundreds of applicants. Unfortunately, I am unhappy at my school for a variety of reasons, the biggest one being I really don't enjoy 5th grade. The kids are basically middle schoolers, and I'm not crazy about dealing with the hormones. My current P has said repeatedly that he likes me in 5th, and thinks I'm too valuable there to move to a different grade. I have also been labeled as the teacher that can handle all the behavior problems, which has become tiring. Recently, a 2nd grade job opened up at the school where I student taught a couple years ago. The P at this school (who I really liked and would love to work for) contacted me and said she'd love for me to consider applying, and that I'd be the front runner. However, this is not in a district that is considered "nice." It is a lower achieving district, and I'd be taking a bit of a pay cut. Everyone is telling me it'd be a huge mistake to consider this job. But I really feel like it's the best move for me. I miss working with disadvantaged kids, in that Title 1 setting, and I really think I could make a difference. I know that ultimately I have to make this decision, but am I crazy for considering this? Is moving to a lower achieving district so unheard of? Thanks for reading and sorry this is so long!