Discussion in 'Teacher Time Out' started by geoteacher, Aug 24, 2018.
Aug 27, 2018
Theres LESS jobs and all the unhired teachers competing. How is that easier??
Yup. Experience. Schools start the year with their budgeted and planned for number of teachers. Unexpected changes in student population and retirements might lead to a few openings, but the pickings are slimmer compared to what was available during the ‘prime hiring season’. Good luck to you- I do hope all your work and expense yields something that’s a good fit for you.
I don’t think it will become the norm. Bottom line, there are people who are certified but just shouldn’t be teachers/can’t handle the job. AND there are toxic schools- many of them seem to be charters or low performing public schools. Those schools need to change their mindset, principles (and principals!), teacher recruitment...or be closed/taken over.
The posts you are seeing are those who failed or landed in a bad place (I had a mismatched position once, I knew by October I would only stay the year...but I sucked it up, did my job well and landed in my awesome district the next year...) Those who are succeeding, excited, loving this career aren’t going on REDDIT to wax poetically. They are too busy teaching and making a difference for students.
Aug 28, 2018
A nearby district currently has over 100 openings. That means they currently have subs or uncertified teachers in those positions. Even the good schools in that district can struggle to find certified teachers.
Aug 29, 2018
I don’t understand, if you are being offered full-time jobs, then why aren’t you taking them?
The final question I ask at every teacher interview is, "Why would we choose YOU? We've had (insert # of applicants) who've all given similar answers, so what makes you different from the rest?"
We're on Week 3 of the school year and still have 61 certified positions that are vacant.
Some are filled by long term subs, some are filled by rotating daily subs.
And that doesn't include all the noncertified positions that are open too (aides, cafeteria, bus drivers, clerical, etc).
If anyone is desperate for a job and is willing to move..
Aug 30, 2018
61 open positions at a *single* school?! Is that normal? What’s going on there, besides the lack of employment?
Around here, if you get hired mid-year, you're only offered a one-year contract. You finish out the year and then have to re-apply and re-interview. You may or may not get hired back.
Oh, no, in the district. It's a low performing district with some tough kids, so a lot of teachers leave for the private schools or change careers.. so that's normal here
Aug 31, 2018
Oh, that’s sad that they cannot retain talented employees. The district should incentivize teachers to stay.
Our district tried this. Even with the financial incentives, our teachers still mostly prefer to work at schools that are better funded, have better parental and administrative support, and have higher-performing students. Even with the extra work that comes with working at those schools, they still prefer it.
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