How do you respond to turning down an original offer

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  1. Teachling

    Teachling Groupie

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    I'm going to try to be as clear as I can without getting into specifics. Before school ended, my P & I talked about a possible position that would be open for next year. At the time I expressed interest because it was the only vacancy & I wanted to teach 5th grade. The P also stated that there was another possible vacancy to teach LA & that she would want to place me there.

    Fast foward to two weeks ago, I was offer a position to teach 5th but was placed as team teaching. Then I received an e-mail asking if I am still interested in the 'possible position' that I had expressed interested in last year.

    My question is how do I turn it down? I am not interested because it would be more challenging & I would be the only one doing it plus I am concern of lack of resources in certain aspects. I really look forward to working for this P & don't want to put myself in a bad light. On the other hand, I want to be honest regarding my feelings about this.

    How would you respond?
     
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  3. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    Dear P,

    Thank you so much for considering me for the 'possible position'. At this time, I feel my strengths are in teaching fifth grade and would prefer to remain in that position. I enjoy the collaborative approach of team teaching and know that I have much to bring to the grade level. I look forward to a successful year in fifth grade at XYZ School.
     
  4. Teachling

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    CZACZA I sent you a PM. Thanks for your response.
     
  5. brejohnson88

    brejohnson88 Comrade

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    What Cazxaz said seems very professional. I would go wih that. They cant be upset that you chose a different position. Maybe a little disappointed but I think thats all. Good luck
     
  6. mom2mikey

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    Are both jobs at the same school? If so the principal may just be trying to let you choose and get a feel for what job he should be looking to hire for. I would either phone him/her or e-mail and say that you are very excited about the grade 5 placement and would prefer to stay there.
     
  7. CLESprtsFan

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    :yeahthat:

    I think this sounds great. Another option if you are close to your P and feel comfortable doing so you could give him or her a call to discuss it-that way you will get immediate feedback.
     
  8. Teachling

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    I think that may be the case here. Thanks for all the input.
     
  9. brejohnson88

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    Did you get it all figured out?
     
  10. Teachling

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    Yes, I got it all figured out. Basically, I e-mail the P & express that I was very happy that P had hired me to teach 5th grade & that to answer the question between choosing A or B, I rather do B. P gave me B. Needless to say that I am relieve & happy, though I had been preparing myself to do A. I was honest since P was interested in knowing.

    Thank you for your responses & advice. I appreciate it greatly.
     

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