Is it bad to quit before the first year is up?

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  1. Barbera

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    Just curious. If a job became avilable that I really wanted and I quit my current job at the semester to take the desired job would that look bad?

    Please assume that I would give at least 2 weeks notice.
     
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    A lot depends on what your contract says. In my district, the first 90 days is hold harmless for employer and employee. If you are trying to get another teaching job, it wouldn't look good. If you are going outside the education field, and you won't be looking for another teaching job, do what you need to do.
     
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    I think that in most situations it looks bad to leave a teaching job before the end of the year. There are circumstances where leaving a teaching job mid-year is the best option, though, even if it's not ideal. I'd say that it depends on your individual situation.
     
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    If you intend to leave one teaching position for another, it's important to realize that the education world is very, very small.
     
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    It doesn't usually look good to quit mid-year, except in extreme cases. Also, you might can't get out of your contract, so I would check the contract language.
     
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    Quick answer: yes, it looks bad.

    Medical emergencies and transferred spouses aside, it looks as though you have a tendency to jump to where the grass is greener. It makes administrators wonder how long you'll stick with them.
     
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    My district won't hire someone who is under contract elsewhere.
     
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    What about if you're at an "at-will" school such as a charter school? Would that still look bad?
     
  10. teacherintexas

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    Unless you have a medical emergency or a spouse is relocating, it always looks bad to quit once the year has started.
     
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    I agree with everyone else that it is 100% a poor decision to leave a job before the year is up. School districts do not like to see people who do not follow through with their commitment. If you are leaving that school, how can the new schools know you won't leave them if something better comes along?

    I was on the hiring committee for my school when I left my last position (my husband got relocated and I left on good terms at the end of the school year) - and anyone who had either a "gap" in teaching service or had left in the middle of the year, was immediately red-flagged and we asked questions in the interview. Answers like, "It really wasn't working out," or "I was hoping to get my own classroom instead of inclusion" etc. etc. - were definitely NOT things we wanted to hear. My supervisor put anyone in the "no" pile who left a job in the middle of the year without good reason. (There was one lady who had a son go into the hospital due to a cancer diagnosis, obviously that's a legit reason to leave a job).
     
  12. CrayolaCrayon

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    What do you all think about leaving a private preschool to enter the public school system? I live in NYC and was given a nomination letter which is not easy to come by nowadays. I'm not under contract at my current job, though I admit leaving them would put them in a sticky situation.
     
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    My P will not even consider looking at someone who is currently working at a school mid-year. I don't think he'd look at someone who left mid-year either.
     
  14. Peachyness

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    It is a hard situation though when you are trying to move from a private school to a public school. Perhaps all summer long, there were no jobs (especially in this economy) and all of a sudden now there is an opening. I think it's hard, but you have to do what's best for you and your well being.
     
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    I wonder what the op did considering she hasn't been back...subsequent posts involve question regarding credentials expiring If she goes over seas....:confused:
     
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    What does this mean? Isn't an inclusion classroom a clasroom of your own?
     
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    I think it might mean situations where the special ed teacher goes into the regular ed classroom as a co-teacher. At my school we call them "CCs", but I don't know what that stands for.
     

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