Job Dilemma

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  1. FarFromHome

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    So, I was hired last month for an elementary music position, teaching kindergarten through grade 4. I just heard from my new principal that a second grade teacher left the school, and he wanted to offer me the position first (I'm certified in both). I'm very indecisive, so I'm hoping to get some advice! My main priority is that I get as much time as possible at home with my new baby. I'll list a few pros and cons.

    2nd grade pros:
    1. Only 20-23 students (I'm used to having 32.)
    2. Easier classroom management with the same students all day.
    3. Grade level team to plan with.
    4. Curriculum given to me.
    5. I do want to move back into the regular classroom eventually, and have enjoyed my past 3rd and 4th grade classrooms more than my last music position.

    2nd grade cons:
    1. I have to grade homework.
    2. Less break during the school day (which could also be a pro since I wouldn't think about missing my baby as much).
    3. Might have to go to extra training before school starts.

    Music pros:
    1 Don't usually have to grade anything.
    2. Almost 90 minutes of prep time daily.
    3. Don't have to worry as much about parent communication.
    4. Could leave immediately after school.

    Music cons:
    1. Would have to plan all the lessons myself for 5 grade levels (there is no set curriculum).
    2. More classes, which makes classroom management a little harder.
    3. Evening performances are required.
    4. More isolated job.
    5. Don't usually have any parent help.
    6. They want me to start at least one extra curricular group that would meet before school.
     
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  3. gr3teacher

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    Why would you have to grade homework?
     
  4. gr3teacher

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    Anyway... I'm certified for both music and elementary (and SPED). I'm at the point where I'd never consider taking a music teaching position over a regular classroom position.
     
  5. Geauxtee

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    I had the same problem choosing between two jobs this summer!

    Hmm... you seem to have a lot of cons for the music position so it makes me think you prefer 2nd grade.

    The music job sounds overall easier with the amount of prep time/lack of grading. The only problem is if admin hounds you to do clubs and after school activities.

    I would maybe start with music and then decide to transfer to a regular classroom next year. There is only one music position. So if you don't like 2nd grade, it would be harder to transfer back to music. Good luck!
     
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    Right?!? LOL, I don't even give homework. Of course you'd have to grade classwork, but it's only second grade. Not like you would be reading pages and pages of essays.
     
  7. FarFromHome

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    True-I meant to put class work!
     
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    Leave right after school? Daily prep? Don't have to deal with parents? No work to grade? That would sell me. You can go home and spend quality time with your baby especially if you use your prep to actually plan and prep.

    Personally, spending the whole day with same group of kids is not appealing in the least - although you listed it as a 2nd grade pro. I know that sounds harsh. Sorry.
     
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    Thanks for the advice. Right now I'm leaning towards the second grade. I taught music the last two years, and it was tough. I think most people think that it's easier, but it was definitely not easier at my last school (I taught both 4th grade and music at the same school). Having to come up with all of the curriculum on my own would take a lot of time.
     
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    I'm still checking with the principal, but I think I would have at least 55 minutes of prep time each day in the second grade position.

    All of this is also contingent on their second choice music candidate being available. So I might have to stay in music if their second choice has found a job.
     
  11. FarFromHome

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    Just curious-why wouldn't you take a music position?
     
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    I would probably go with 2nd. I think it would be easier to write plans for in an emergency. If the baby is sick, last minute sitter cancellation, etc.... Your team could possibly even write plans for you in a pinch.

    Of course, subbing in music in my area usually means a video. They can vary from an interactive musical sing-along to just a cartoon. So maybe music plans would be easier!
     
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    A lot of it is I'm out of practice.

    More to the point though... it's really great getting to see one class of kids really grow and develop. Being in a specialist position, you see more kids but you don't get to know any one group the way you'd like. Plus... not going to lie, I really enjoy teaching science. I didn't like science at all as a kid, or in college, and I assumed I wouldn't like teaching it, but it's just the best to teach.
     
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    At my last school, I wasn't able to get a sub. I had to cancel my classes and then find time to squeeze them all in for make-up classes during my prep time.

    I think I really like the idea of having a team again and not having to do everything alone.
     
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    If I were you, I would go with 2nd. After reading your list, seems like that is what you want most. Also, if you eventually want to end up there this is putting you one step ahead.
     
  16. FarFromHome

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    I kind of feel the same way. I love having my own class and really getting to know them. At my last school, I only had my students for music every 8 days. It was so hard to get to know them!
     
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    Thanks! I think that's what I'm going to ask for. Hopefully they're able to get another music teacher and I don't get my hopes up for nothing!
     
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    I would go with the 2nd grade position. Writing your own curriculum for that many grade levels has to be daunting.
     
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    Yes, it is! The 90 minutes of planning would probably give me time to do it, but I'm sure I would be doing it all last minute since I haven't received any of the learning targets yet!
     
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    If I remember correctly when you started your job search you really were hoping to be a gen ed teacher over music, but would take a music position to leave the school you were in right? Seems like a no brainier, go where your heart is. Fingers crossed that the other music candidate is available!
     
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    I actually moved because my husband got out of the military. I would have taken any job, but I've wanted my own classroom again. I love music, but my music job the last two years was really stressful. It probably won't be that bad at this school, but I'm kind of ready for a change again.
     
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    Update: I asked for second grade but had to wait and see if they could get their next choice for music. I got the call yesterday that they were able to hire a new music teacher. It sounds like there will be a lot of collaboration and meetings in second, but I'm a lot more excited about it than I was about music. I think I probably just got burnt out a little at my last job. I haven't taught second before, so I'll probably be looking for lots of advice! Thanks for the help everyone!
     
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    Yay! Great to hear! Maybe you can also become friendly with the new music teacher too.
     
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    Congratulations on your new position!
     
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    Congrats, glad to hear that it all worked out for you.
     
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    Yay!!! 2nd is my absolute favorite! (And I've done K, 1, 2, 3, 5, and now will be in 6).
     
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    Thanks everyone!
     

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