Is this overkill?

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  1. FourSquare

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    I am currently a special education teacher and have only ever held that role at my school. A gen ed Language Arts position has opened up due to someone transferring to a lower grade. When we recently had to submit preference forms, I indicated I would be interested in the vacated position. I went in person to submit my form and talk with my principal about it. Along with the 1:1 conversation, I submitted a packet of things that I thought might support my case: My work pursuing a Reading Specialist degree, Literacy awards, grants, PD, etc. She was very supportive, but I know a lot of dominoes have to fall in order for me to move.

    She has stated she would make a decision by 5/31. MANY people have asked to change positions, so creating the organizational chart must be a nightmare. Do you think it's too much to send her a follow up email? My Reading scored have started to come in and they are strong. Also, I've come up with so many ideas and structures for whatever classroom I'm in. She might be swayed by good data and my efforts to stay on top of things.

    Or I just look crazy. Should I just shut up and be patient? :whistle:
     
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  3. gr3teacher

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    A special ed teacher wanting to move to a Language Arts position... I probably wouldn't get my hopes up if I were you.

    I personally probably wouldn't send a follow-up. Your principal already knows where you stand.
     
  4. smalltowngal

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    I would just (try) to be patient and let things fall where they may. Good luck!
     
  5. FourSquare

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    Fun story:

    The org chart was released today. I was not offered the original LA position I requested. My P pulled me in to ask me how I was and to tell me I wasn't chosen because I was being offered an even BETTER LA position in my current grade level! I have a couple things to work out with my license, however, it appears I will be teaching gen ed next year! :woot:
     
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    Congrats!!
     
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    Congrats!
     
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    Congrats, that's great! I think you have an ADVANTAGE of teaching language arts with your special ed. background. I used to teach language arts and it requires a lot of differentiating in one classroom. I think you'll kick butt!

    Best of luck for next year. Have fun this summer planning :)
     
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    Congrats!

    I made the switch from Special Ed to General Ed a couple of years ago. As much as I loved what I did before, this is where I belong! My Special Ed background is certainly a benefit in the classroom.
     
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    Fantastic! One of my new teammates for next year is making the jump from SpEd to GenEd. I've already dubbed her Differentiation Goddess, because we NEEDED that on our team.
     
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    1. Congrats that everything worked out for you!

    2. I would have sent the follow up especially if I really wanted out of my current grade-level or position. I rather be seen as pro-active, pushy and impatient than have to spend a year doing/teaching something I don't want to.
     
  12. smalltowngal

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    Congrats!
     
  13. FourSquare

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    I think I'm going to really struggle not being able to small group and 1:1 everything to death. It's just not logistically possible. My goal is to do my lesson/activity and pull at least one small group a day in each period. Maybe 3/5 days to start. But the inclusion SPED students seem very relieved that I might be their teacher. :lol:
     
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    Congrats on your new position!
     
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    Congrats and good luck next year!
     

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