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Tiger T's career choices.
March 7, 2007
4:36 pm
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For those of you who have read my thread (depessed; why am I) you know that I am unhappy with my job of teaching in an inner city school. i also hate change.

In the 4 years I've been in FL, I've taught at 3 different schools. Okay so today they tell us that we have to decide by tomorrow whether or not we are coming back next year.

AAAAAHHH what do I do????? Be brave and go out and find another job ? tell this school where to put itself next year????? Lie and say that I am coming back and then find a job and upset everyone??????? Or come back for one more year of torture??????

What do ya'll think?

March 7, 2007
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Jeez, the fact that they expect you to make a decison by tomorrow about where you plan to be, in what... 6 months!???... seems like a LOT to ask. Sheesh. I would probably say, "Sure, see you next year..." and then scramble to find another job in the meantime! Asking for a committment this far in advance is a bit ridiculous, really. And if you actually did find another job, there would probably be several people who weren't far behind you. Do what makes you happy, not what is best or easiest for a school that you don't even like teaching at. And don't feel bad about it - that's life - it's expected.

Where do you really WANT to teach?

March 7, 2007
5:14 pm
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I don't know where I want to teach.
They have to have us fill out these forms so they can make a budget for next year. I don't blame the school adminstrators blame the gov't.

The ass't principal got a promotion, the principal has been sick for about 2 weeks. so we have minor admistrartors running the school and they ddint' realize that it needed to be done. the only reason I'd tell them is if I need a reference and then they didn't know I was leaving they might be miffed.

March 7, 2007
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Tiger,

This is where a "Plan B" is called for.

If you don't already have a "Plan B" lined up - I would say to go ahead and lie and commit yourself for being on the payroll for one more year while you find another job - maybe in a private or Montessori school to buy you some time.

You need not have ANY LOYALITIES to a system that would snuff you out this easily!

That just fucking sucks!!!!!!

Tell them what they want to hear - (for now) that you are commited and will be there next year etc. etc. to secure something. Should you find something else in the meantime, - you can come up with some viable reasons for the change which should not hurt your recommendation and reference.

Lie, Lie, Lie. Do what you need to do. Do not feel guilty in the least.

Fricking Jeb Bush!!!!!!!!

Plan B, Plan B, Plan B - maybe even a Plan C.

(I've been laid off 3 times in the past 10 years. Loyalty or personal scrupples no longer play the part they used to. Sad but true.)

Ideally, the thing to do would to be to write one helluva comprehensive letter (citing particular and noteworthy examples) and tell them what they can do with all of this shit......how they are letting the best of teachers go from their obvious lack of leadership skills and what this will ultimately do in regards to student education and the tolls that the next generation will have to bear because of it - and the needless politics that encumber the very young minds and souls which you had dedicated your life to enlightening!!!!

I'd just lay it on them thicker than shit!!!!! (pardon my language.)

All boils down to money. If you had say - quite a bit saved up which could support your living expenses for 3-6 months - I'd say - let 'em have it......it'll damn sure make you sleep good at night - to get your feelings off your chest. If not - Plan B. Pray about it. Be open. Ask for direction.

If not - do what you have to do - and if that means lieing - so be it.

You did not ask to be given this ultimatum. It is not your fault.

Just do what you gotta do - all things considered with the loyalty being first and foremost....to YOU!!!!!!!!!!

March 7, 2007
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If you sign the papers for returning next year, what happens if you do find something else that you like better?

Personally, I think you should use these next few months to look around and see what else is out there - different school districts or private schools or something totally different. Sometimes you just need a change of pace and it sounds like you could use a less stressful environment. Summer won't be long enough to make you excited about going back for another year.

Best wishes for a better job to come along and one that you can enjoy teaching the whole child and not to the test!

Love, TS

March 8, 2007
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Tiger,
I agree with the fact that 'what if anyone of the teachers found a job in the interim, or what if there was a life-change that anyone of you had to make...surely this isn't written in stone. As far as you know, yes you will be back next year because at this point in time you do not have a specific job elsewhere for next year,...but that could change...anything could happen, right?

March 8, 2007
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Well I took your advice. I signed on for next year but asked for younger children--I love the 4th grade curriculum but because of NO Child Left behind. children are being left behind and my class is mostly 11 and 12 years old. (NOT the age I am best with(
meanwhile I am looking for an ESOL job. that is where my expertise is and that is a cricitcal need in our city.

thanks for helping me to look out for my own interests.

yes screw Jeb Bush. I doubt Crist is going to be any better.

March 10, 2007
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Thanks, truth, onmy way, and Shaney.
I am going to look for another job and invent a reason if I get it. I can always say I've moved or the job is closer to my home, etc, etc. At this point I think I'd rather flip hamburger than go back. but I've started spring break. I may feel better in a few days. after all there's only 9 weeks left of school!!!!!

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