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Hello. I am currently a 30 year teacher teaching second grade for the last 4 years. Most of my teaching, 26 years was in fourth grade that I loved.
I now have never felt so pressured by district demands and low achieving, discipline problem students and I am considering a title 1 reading position. I received my masters in reading and certification in 1985 (some time ago).
Do you think this might be a good change? The paperwork and re learning the position frightens me at this stage, the actual teaching does not. Currently. I feel trapped by my insecure nature. Can anyone offer any advice?
I am the only male second grade teacher in my district (34 second grades) and 1 of three males in my large school building.


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I would say it all depends on you. If you are up for a challenge, go for it. I am one who needs change and new learning curves. I could not stay in the same position/grade for more than 3-4 years without changing something up. I tend to jump into challenges that are a little bigger than I am, and then stretch to reach the bar.

In your position, I would go for the new position. Your degree in this area is a little older, but you will learn a lot on the job as well, I'm sure. I actually just went for a job that I got my degree in a decade ago (and haven't used it much since), and I know it'll be a challenge, but I'm up for that challenge.

Good luck deciding. I'm not sure what your gender, or the make-up of other teachers and their gender, has to do with your choice though...?
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It's just that lunchroom conversations concern nails, facials and jewelry shopping rather than football or school topics. This may be harsh, but true. The learning of the Title paperwork and records concern me as the supervisor has a reputation of being very stern.
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Are you organized?
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If you are an organized person I would say this may be the position for you. I taught Reading Recovery for seven years and loved it! It was very similar to a Title One position. It was challenging for several reasons.

1. You have to get along and work well with several different teachers, personalities and levels of control. Some teachers do not want to share their students.
2. The paperwork can be overwheliming unless you are organized and faithful to it.
3. It can get tedious at times working with small groups. Your brain has to be "on" at all times.

If you are ready for a change and a challenge, I would highly recommend it. I would not be the teacher of reading that I am today without my years of RR and Title One tutoring experience.

Good luck!
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Do it, do it! It will give you a new outlook and fresh start. I worked in Title I five years after being in the classroom for about twenty-five. You will not regret it!


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Why not try it and see if you like it? I taught in a Title I school for 21 years and it was a great school, but the kids tend to have a lot of problems and challenges in their lives. Some parents will "worship" the ground you walk on but many are totally uninvolved. There is a tremendous amount of paper work when you teach in Title I schools, but your position may be a little different because its not a self contained class. However you also have the opportunity to touch a lot of little lives, and parents lives, particularly in schools like that. You tend to feel useful and valued. Let us know what you decide to do.

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Thank you, I will. I am doing a great deal of soul searching.
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I say, "do it"! I have been teaching as a Title teacher for 2 years now and I can't imagine doing anything else. I love the small group and flexibility that I have in teaching. The paperwork and procedures are a bit frightening at first, but in my case, there were several other teachers in the district to help. If you love small group teaching and are an organized person, you'll love it! Let us know what you decide!
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Yes I agree
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I just made the switch this year after teaching 15 years in the classroom. I too am a reading specialist and I am looking forward to the change and challenge. I have been at it for 3 week so far so good.
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