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Should I take this 6th Grade Position
Old 10-06-2005, 11:00 AM
 
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Hello Everyone,
I wanted to get some opinions on a job decision I am currently facing. I may be offered a 6th grade teaching position, (Science and L.A.). My certification is elementary K-6, so I am eligiable to accept this job. My problem is I have always said that I didn't want to teach 6th grade and up. I was able to be a sub in the actual position two days ago. I liked the kids, although they were a bit talkative. I didn't like having to change classrooms three different times, and teaching the same subject three times in a row. I found it to be very boring. I also found that having to change rooms so often is tiring and stressful. To say the least, I just am not entirely interested in the job.
I graduated from college this past May and have come very close to getting jobs in two other occassions. I think that I should just sub for the rest of this year and try again next year. I already have a full time job where I make good money and have benefits. So, I don't really need to get a job because of money issues. What should I do, everyone is telling me that I am crazy if I don't takes this job. However, I know what I want and this is not it. Any advice would be appreciated. Oh, by the way, what I want is anything 1-5, I love that age, curriculum and everything else that goes along with it.

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Rob


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take it!
Old 10-06-2005, 02:13 PM
 
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I think you should take the position! It will look great on your resume and you get experience. You get experience at being a full time teacher! A full time teacher as alot to do with the classroom but it also has to do with alot of outside classroom "stuff" (other teachers, grade reports, dealing with parents). I think would be a great teaching experience...to say the least. If you took the position you would be full time in the district. If next year a lower grade popped up then you could have first choice at the grade you wanted. Remember you may like 6th grede and want to stay there! Just think about it!! What is your full time job where you already have benefits??? How can you sub and have a full time job?
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you should do it
Old 10-06-2005, 03:09 PM
 
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I taught first grade last year and said I would never teach anything higher than third and I am now teaching sixth and love it. I would say give it a try. Worse case you look for another job next year, but the classroom expereince will be great! At least you will have the experience of running your own classroom! GO FOR IT! and GOOD LUCK
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Old 10-07-2005, 02:37 PM
 
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Rob, It was fate that enabled me to stumble upon your e-mail. I was a DLPS (District Loss Prevention Supervisor) and after I met my husband I decided to change professions. I held a masters in Criminal Justice and attended Dowling College in NY to obtain the required credits to complete the required coursework to obtain a 7-12 teaching certificate. My goal was to teach Criminal Justice classes at the High School level, but then I moved to Georgia and was offered a 6th grade teaching position. I have been teaching 6th grade for five years and I have enjoyed every minute of it. However, unlike you I did not truly desire High School because I actually completed my student teaching in a middle school and decided that I enjoyed the age and the curriculum. It is a challenging age, but it was fate that brought me to Georgia and into the field of teaching and fate that had me stumble upon this web page. However, my advice is to not take the position if your desire is working with children in grades 1-5, but wait until that opportunity comes. I often say listen to your vibes, because you know what will make you happy in life and life is so precious that every minute of your waking hour should be spent in an occupation you are excited about and it certainly does not sound as if 6th grade is where you will be happy. Good luck with your decision!
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Old 10-08-2005, 03:20 AM
 
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I knew from subbing that I didn't like 6th grade and every time I walked out of a 6th grade class I was glad that in Wisconsin I probably wouldn't be hired for it. (My certification is 6-12 but 6th is more elementary and principals preferred elementary people for it.)

After 2 1/2 years of looking for a job I went to a job fair in Madison. At that point, frustrated with the lack of opportunities in Wisconsin/Illinois, I started talking to the Texas schools that were there. From that I was finally offered my first job--6th grade Reading in South Texas. I knew I didn't like 6th grade, really didn't know how to teach Reading, and had no clue what I was getting into moving the the Rio Grade Valley in Texas, but I jumped at the chance and am glad I did. I taught it for 5 years. No, I never became comfortable with 6th grade and was glad when I finally moved out of South Texas, but the experience was very valuable. First of all, I had a job and references to put on a resume which enabled me to get other jobs. Secondly, teaching in a low income area, while tough, proved valuable a few years later when I was reassigned to teach middle school Reading Improvement--something I love teaching. I also was able to become a yearbook adviser in my first year of teaching which was something I really wanted to do. I developed my own journalism class and my former principal there still remembers my yearbooks 5 years later! I'm not doing one in my current school, but am hoping I'll get the chance again. I have yearbooks to show my principal of the opportunity presents itself again.

Every position doesn't have to be your dream job. Everyone needs to start somewhere. Things change and opportunities come up. Maybe you'll like 6th grade, maybe you won't. But the chance will get you somewhere that subbing probably won't lead you to.


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Old 10-10-2005, 01:09 PM
 
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Hi Rob,

Have you decided yet? I teach a combination 4th, 5th, 6th grade and love each of those ages. To teach 6th graders, you need a sense of humor and an ability to be flexible :-) They are really on the cusp between childhood and teenhood, energetic, feisty, and inquisitive.

I don't think I'd like the moving around with the classrooms though.

Best to you in your decision making!


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Old 10-11-2005, 05:39 AM
 
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Take the job and be glad that you have one. I took a position teaching 8th grade sped, and I am not certified for 8th grade or sped! I needed a job and this is the one that I happened to get. I always said that I would never teach 8th grade or middle school and look at me now. I love teaching 8th grade! It is completely different than you remember when you were in school.

If you don't want the job, step aside and let others who would be glad to have it, take it. The teaching market is tough and you don't always get the grade or subject you want. Wait until you have more experience to be picky.
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Thank you for all the replies!
Old 10-14-2005, 08:30 PM
 
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Hi everyone,
Your feedback was very much appreciated. I did end up deciding that I would take the position. I was asked to substitute for an entire day in the actual position. The principal was going to observe me. Well... I did a great job and the principal told me that I would make a wonderful science teacher. However, the job also entailed LA. I was really good in that as well. The peoblem was, I am a young college graduate and the other teachers on the team was someone in the postion with a lot of experience in LA or a reading specialists degree. Yup, you guessed it, I have neither. Needless to say, I didn't get the job. But...it was a great experience because I had the opportunity to teach sixth grade, even if it was only for a day! Also, something that did not dawn on me until reading some great advice from the wonderful teachers who wrote back to my original comment, I truly took the time reflect on my own teaching style before I made the decision of taking the job. I realized that this was a great thing because I truly had the kids in mind. I didn't want to take on a position that I could potentially harm the education's of young students. So...my advice is: before you say yes or no, think it over and do what you think is best. Thank you to all those kind people that posted to my questions.
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