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I am most likely going to be offered a teaching job in another state soon.
I am very emotional about it. I am moving because I have had the last straw with my district. I have been cut every year for last 5 years. They have given me a job, but this year I was placed in a terrible school! I can't teach for behavior problems! The admin openly undermines me to my students.
The admin made a comment I won't soon forget to me earlier this week. I knew it was time to put applications out. I put an application where my guy friend lives in another state. I got immediate interest.

If I take this job and leave, literally every single thing in the classroom is mine. My admin refused to help with anything. I teach primary and it breaks my heart to not only leave, but to take their classroom away too. But, these are items that I purchased and will use again.

If all works out and I do leave, I know my admin is going to throw a fit about me taking the items in the classroom. But, I have had to buy everything.
What should I do? I feel so terrible for my students.


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Old 09-25-2019, 06:36 PM
 
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If it belongs to you and you'll use it, take it. If you'll never use it or have extra, I'd leave it for the students and the new teacher, not for the admin.
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Old 09-25-2019, 06:42 PM
 
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Echo what Gromit said. I have done it, too. It does feel bad, but you must take care of yourself. Remember though the cost involved in moving the "stuff." Make sure it doesn't cost you more to move than just buy again. Time also should enter in to your cost.
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Since you plan on leaving start taking home items every day. Take a photo of the receipt from when you purchased it. As you clear out your things, make an inventory sheets of school district property including text books, supplemental materials, art, science an PE materials, and basic supplies such as pencils, crayons, paper etc. clear out your school computer and change your email address for on line programs you use, forward to your self at your NEW email address all emails from admin, etc. then clear your email in box, your user and browser history. Consult with your union regarding the administrator and the hostile workplace environment and see if you can file a grievance before you leave. Take half a personal day to go to Human Resources with a union representative to review and copy your personal file. Be sure to get copies of all your evaluations! Get letters of references from co workers or past administrators who you had excellent working relationships with. Have your lesson plans, grade book, attendance, student assessments and progress reports or report cards caught up, and keep a copy forr yourself. Clear out clutter in the classroom and focus on fun things to teach your students in the time left. Leave this current school on a positive note and be sure to take photos of your cleared out, clean and organized classroom! Be sure to take personal days to get any medical, vision or dental appoints completed before your move. Gift to students items you own, but do not want to haul to your new school!
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Old 09-25-2019, 07:28 PM
 
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Keep it. It's your stuff.


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Old 09-26-2019, 01:28 AM
 
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take it! You paid for those items with your hard-earned money. Therefore, it's yours!

I've moved twice in my career, and both times I left the classroom I was in virtually empty. I put my name on everything I've purchased, and it has ALWAYS gone with me!

No guilt felt.
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Old 09-26-2019, 07:20 AM
 
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If you have proof (store receipts, documentation) that you purchased the items with your personal money, I'd make copies of that and leave it with a union rep. You could also scan them and email them to whoever you feel ought to know you paid for what you're removing.
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Old 09-26-2019, 07:25 AM
 
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That I can give is to echo what EyeSeeTwo shared with you. Best of luck in your new position!
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Old 09-26-2019, 10:16 AM
 
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That is a really good point on cost of moving some items.
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Itemize your taxes
Old 09-26-2019, 10:37 AM
 
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Next filing and use all those purchases as a business expense.

Tell the admin they SUCK and leave the classroom in place for the children. I would write a very businesslike letter to the superintendent and possibly an open letter in your local paper.

In your new job think simplicity and build your stuff back up bit by bit.

I know the feeling. Twice i have moved and donated most of my stuff. That's a way to term your deduction - donation.


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I would need a moving van
Old 09-26-2019, 12:11 PM
 
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to move ALL my teacher stuff.

But under the circumstances I would either move my stuff with me or give it to someone I liked who could use and appreciate it. I would not just leave it there.

Except, I probably would leave paper and border up. I'd leave nametags on the desk. Taking those things would be petty, right?
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Old 09-26-2019, 09:40 PM
 
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If it's yours and you want it, then of course you should take it. Admin created the problem, so admin needs to fix it. I actually think it will be a good visual reminder for them.
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Old 09-27-2019, 07:48 AM
 
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If you bought it, take it.
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Old 09-28-2019, 05:04 AM
 
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If you bought it with your own money, it belongs to you and not the school. Take it!

The principal may throw a fit, but it is your property and the principal does not have any say over it.
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