I have recently started applying for new jobs and I have been offered a 6th grade math position! I’m trying to decide whether I should take it. I would love to hear other people’s thoughts! Pros: -The grade level is ideal because I teach 6th grade now. I would obviously have to do more planning to adjust to the kids, etc. but I’m more familiar with the standards! I’m sure I would be able to uritlize some of my current lessons. -The salary is great. I would get about a 20K pay raise. I would make about 54K at my current district next year and over 70K at this district. (EDIT: I rechecked the salary and I would actually make 66K. However, this is last year’s amount and they don’t have a contract yet for this year. My friend says that once a contract gets ratified, they will get paid the missing amount. So I assume that if a contract gets through, I would make close to 70K with the cost of living increases.) -The classes are capped. This district caps at 28, however, most of the classes are around 20-22. At my current district, over 30 kids is normal and it is expected to be worse next year. (EDIT: Actually, this school caps at 26 kids for grades 6-8). -It is closer to home for me. It would be a 15 minute drive with traffic compared to 30 2minutes. -The school building is new and gorgeous. The classrooms are really nice. -You get one period per day where you alternate and either meet with the math team or your grade level team (to discuss student concerns, meet parents). This is great because my current school does not have grade level teams, just math teams, so we meet with our math team every day. This is in addition to a prep. Cons: -The school day is 30 minutes longer. You paid a $4100 stipend for this. This time does not get added to a normal courseload, but you have a 50 minute advisory or intervention time with kids every day. We don’t have a homeroom so I would have more “teaching time” at this school. So I would have 4 57-minute math classes and one 57 minute advisory/intervention block. At my current school, I supervise homeroom for 25 minutes and teach 3 72 minute math classes. So it would definitely be a longer day. At my current school, I do stay after school with the kids, but if they have intervention, I probably wouldn't have to. -Students get dismissed early on Wednesday and you have PD from 2-4 (an extra one hour each week after school.) -The kids are lower at this school as the school’s “level” is lower. There do seem to be a lot of supports for the kids at this school, however. I spoke with a teacher who made the switch from my current school to this school. She said they are very different but she is happy.