I recently moved to NV because of the teacher shortage - and holy cow. I've already received 2 emails and 2 phone calls from principals for interviews only within the last week. I just had my first interview and I think I rocked it - considering it was my very first interview! Many of the schools that need teachers are in rough areas. I've been subbing for only 2 weeks and so far, nearly all of my days have been pretty bad. I know subbing is completely different from teaching though - so I know I can't use my experience so far as a comparison. However, before moving, I thought I would be desperate for a job and try to get whatever I could take. But now, since there really is a shortage, it seems that the principals are desperate as well. I have rattled my brain with questions of "is this a safe area?" "will I have fights break out in my classroom?" "what if they completely ignore me since I'm the 'new' teachers and they're 7th/8th graders?" "will I have support from my administration?" "how do I choose?" I know every school is different and you guys can't answer many of these questions. However, I could use some advice. It seems that I will definitely be able to get a job for next year (YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYSUPERHAPPYFUNTIMEDANCEYAY!), but I'm not sure how "desperate" I am anymore. I just had my first interview today and have another scheduled for Thursday. The school I interviewed for is a rough school with rather low academic performances (at least from what I can see online) as well as low socio-economic families. They told me they were very impressed with my interview and can contact me as early as TOMORROW to offer me the job. This is very sudden and seems too good to be true. I don't want to take the very first job I was offered, but at the same time, I don't want it to slip by. If they do perhaps offer me the job, how long can I ask for to give them a direct answer? It is a bit early to hire and there are many schools that I have applied to that I haven't heard anything from (then again, it's only been 2 weeks). I want to look at all of my options. I also know that my first year won't be amazing. I've already come to terms that it will be very hard and be full of ups and downs. Especially if I am at a rough school. I am excited to make a difference in these kids' lives - but I'll admit it - I'm afraid of the areas and behaviors I've witnessed so far. Thanks all for your time! Also, anyone have some experience with CHAMPS? I've looked at whole brain teaching, but I think CHAMPS would be better with 7th-8th graders. Thanks!