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Old 04-25-2019, 07:01 AM
 
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Hello!
I just finished up my first year teaching and it was extremely rough. While I felt like I had a lot of growth, my administration did not. My class had a lot of behaviors and I consistently asked for help and my administration never really gave it until March. During a meeting, they told me they would not be renewing my contract because my students didnít show enough growth and my management wasnít good enough. This came as a complete shock to me because there was no talk about the chance of me not being asked back, and there were no warnings. Some other teachers were shocked as well, they thought I did well with what I had and donít understand why I wouldnít be given a second chance. (The year before told administration that my class shouldnít be with a new teacher.)

My principal wants me to apply for title teacher positions we have open. She sees potential in me, but thinks I need to grow more. I feel like such a failure that I would have to take a step down from the classroom to title, even though I know thatís not that case. I guess Iím wondering what other people would do. Should I apply for the title position? What would you do in my position?


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Old 04-25-2019, 01:20 PM
 
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So, before I answer, I have to say that you are posting on a board for interventionists, title teachers, etc. so saying or implying that teaching Title is a "step down" or "those that can't teach, teach title" is kind of offensive.

The responsibilities and reputation for Title must vary by area. In my district, our interventionists (title or state funded) have to be certified in their content area and are considered specialists in that academic area. I am a certified reading specialist and am considered a resource for the teachers in our building when it comes to reading research, best practices and instruction. I also need to know and understand the data for every student in every grade level, and have to work with all of the grade level teams to insure appropriate interventions are in place and being carried out effectively. In other words, interventionist positions are highly sought after and difficult to get because they are highly competitive.

Short answer:

* I would not apply for a job if you don't have respect for or the desire to teach in that setting/subject.

* I would not apply to be an interventionist working in a subject area that you do not feel like you are well qualified and exceptional at teaching.

Students who need title or SPED services are our most needy students and they need the best instruction available to them. If you can't do that, or feel it is beneath you because it is not a gen ed whole group classroom setting, then pass on the job. I love my job because I love teaching reading, love learning more all of the time about reading instruction and practice, and enjoy working with struggling readers (who often struggle not only academically but also come with a wide range of behavior struggles as well).

Good luck to you in whatever you decide.
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Old 04-25-2019, 01:35 PM
 
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I completely understand, but thatís why I said ďwhen I know thatís not the case.Ē The amount of respect I have for our title team is immense but the rest of school tends to have a different view on it. I feel like thatís what my school is kind of implying to me; I ďcanít teachĒ so i should do title.

I am actually interested in taking the job, and I want to get out of this mindset. But how it was presented to me wasnít very positive
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Interventionists in my district are highly-qualified teachers with extreme knowledge of their subject matter in all grade levels served. We are considered specialists on our campuses. Not only are we expected to work with students and differentiate in a split second based on need, we are expected to support teachers in their differentiation in their classroom and support them through the RTI process.

I worked very hard to get my math intervention job. I spent many years working on curriculum, attending hours and hours of math PD, and spent 18 years in the classroom before I moved to this position.

Title jobs are considered a leadership role, not a step down from a classroom teacher.
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