ok so i have been filling out numerous applications and sending stuff off for some time now. this will be my second year teaching and i'm trying to move back to ohio from virginia. many of the schools i have applied to use on line applications and specify 'do not send us your materials and do not call.' i haven't heard much so far from the schools i've applied to. all through college everyone talked about how it was so good to call and send your stuff and stop by the school etc. and now the schools are saying don't do that. i'm confused. one of the websites even had a Q and A section where a person said that in college they heard doing those things increased your chances... the school responded basically saying 'not true. doing those things can decrease your chances.' so basically i'm asking what you guys think about calling schools. i don't want to be a pest but i also want them to know i'm interested! what are your experiences?