Offer and interview complications....

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  1. TeachCafe

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    So I had been traditionally applying then I decided to email schools even if they didn't have what I wanted advertised. Almost immediately after I did at one school, the principal called me about the posted SPED position but said they just had a 4th grade position open up. I wanted K-2 because I'm good with younger kids and no state testing is Win.Win.Win.

    However, I was open minded and went on the interview and the principal said they wanted to recommend me for hire. The thing is the position never posted and I have yet to hear from HR. Interview was on Friday.


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    School A - Interview. In district I wanted originally from teaching jump street. 4th grade, a state testing grade but I met the team and felt good and was told I would be recommend for hire after all my paperwork is looked over.

    School B- Interview for a 2nd grade position. I forgot to ask in the "do you have any questions for us" part if the position is self-contained. I won't do self-contained older than 1st grade. I haven't called HR back but I believe my message is them about this school.

    School C - called me today for an interview. I didn't apply but the principal said it was an inclusion position. Every district calls it different things but I don't want to co-teach and be the sped teacher bouncing from classrooms for 30-45 minute increments. I'm calling to get clarification. Same district as School B. But a much rougher area.

    School D- Same district as B&C but at an intermediate school and an exclusive reading teacher. I would still have to get them ready for state testing because both 5 and 6th grade have a reading section.


    I said I would like the position at school A but I've learned from here and last year to keep going until everything is signed. School A is the preferable district everyone tells me to wait for but Schools B-D's district is urban in demographics but I've only heard that it's really great to work for. This High Schools are really rough but that the district is surprisingly really good to employees.

    I know if I stick with School A I have the chance to move around if I want. They're good about transfers and moving employees if they request it. I'm not super nervous about state testing it's just one extra thing. I COULD love 4th grade. In my own mind I know from this year I really liked the 1st and 2nd graders.


    Thoughts? I'm still contracted with my own district and will resign when I get a formal offer. My district is just a no go at this point and I still have a month to resign without repercussions.
     
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  3. bella84

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    Just out of curiosity, why are you unwilling to teach self-contained for second and up? Is it common in your area to have elementary classrooms that are not self-contained? Where I'm from, K-5 is almost entirely self-contained. It's very rare to split up subjects in those grades. I would think that would make finding a job very difficult if you are unwilling to teach self-contained 2-5, unless dividing up subjects is just very commonplace in your area.

    It sounds like you have a wide range of options. Did you actually interview with school D? You noted that you have interviewed or will interview with the other schools, but you didn't say either way about school D.

    I guess I'm a little confused about what your end goal is... You mention that you want to teach social studies exclusively, but you also mention that you prefer first and second grade. I've never heard of a first or second grade social studies teacher, so I don't understand how this works. It's hard to say which would be your best bet without fully understanding which direction you're hoping to go. Regardless, I wouldn't be terribly worried about state testing. Some schools make a big deal out of it, but others just treat it like a part of the job that comes around once a year (no big deal).
     
  4. TeachCafe

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    I meant my end goal rather than move to to administration or an instructional specialist, or district big wig/school name. Its a non-testing grade and I minored in History so social studies is a love of mine. After I'm 20 years in or so I want social studies preferably in intermediate or a middle school and ride that out to retirement.

    Right now I want to teach multiple grades and find my beginning niche.

    I'm not good IMO at teaching math. I can do math but explaining it is honest to God not my strength by any stretch.


    It depends on the district here. KG is always self contained. 1-2 depends but at my current school and district 1st is split and any grade that has a self contained is teacher preference and need (bilingual, etc)
     
  5. Tutor

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    4th graders are awesome. Not yet the big kids but not the babies. You can still do the fun projects but they can work on their own. I'd take the job offer.
     
  6. Luv2TeachInTX

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    Take the 4th grade position. It's a fun grade and you can always move down later on if you truly don't enjoy it.
     
  7. TeachCafe

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    My gut tells me to take the 4th grade position. I know HR is just really swamped right now but I'm anxious for the paperwork.

    My message was HR calling me about School B if I was still interested. I have until July 10th to resign from my current district.

    Would it be too much to call HR by Friday about the 4th grade position?

    I know they were out of the office yesterday so that put them back a day but I'd think they would want a lock on people principals are committed to so they can push us along and move forward with the spots they don't have filled yet.
     

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