I teach an uncommon foreign language. My program is limited in size because I'm the only one who teaches it. There are only so many seats available, and that will never change. I have pretty high continuation numbers, i.e., students keeping up with the language and moving to the next level. The problem is that my initial, lowest-level course enrollment numbers are low. This is because the students who sign up for the lowest-level foreign language classes are incoming freshmen--currently enrolled 8th graders at different schools. I don't ever have a chance to go "sell" my program to them, and most of them have never even heard of my subject. Most of them end up signing up for one of the other, much more common foreign languages because those are familiar to them whereas mine is not. In the past, the counselors have randomly selected a few students who enrolled in the other foreign languages and just put them in my class instead. This has happened because 1) my numbers were too low and 2) the other languages' numbers were too high and the kids would end up moved to other electives anyway. This hasn't really been a problem because usually I've been able to get students to fall in love with the subject and continue with it. They just needed a chance to figure out what it was first. :lol: The problem this year is that we have a new admin that seems hesitant about changing the students' registrations. I'm not sure why, because they will have to move those students anyway because there aren't enough seats in the other foreign language classes. To make matters worse, admin has discovered that I'm licensed to teach another specialized elective. They want to give me those classes--ALL of those classes--to help alleviate a scheduling problem that impacts an entire grade level. While I understand their predicament, I do NOT want to teach that elective. I want to teach the subject I have been teaching, the subject I'm good at teaching. Had I known that admin would be considering moving me into a completely different department, I would have looked at the transfer vacancy list much more closely this year.... I have always been someone who is willing to do what is asked of me and who doesn't complain (at school). I think it has finally come around to bite me, because now I think that they're going to just use me for whatever they want without regard for my opinions. I am very frustrated, almost sick over the matter. Aside from the fact that I just don't want to teach this subject, I also know that if I do it will mean the end of my foreign language program. The program will be destroyed without current students--if there are no level 1s this year, there will be no level 2s next year....I have worked so hard to build that program, which is strong even though it may be small. I could just cry. I don't know if I'm looking for advice, commiseration, or a wake-up call.