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Old 04-01-2016, 04:08 PM
 
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I have always taught elementary but have a year of experience as a paraprofessional at a high school. I recently resigned from my position as K-4 SPED due to admin issues.

Any advice for the interview or making that jump in general? I have a little bit of exposure from my experience at a high school and tutoring middle school students.


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I never wanted to teach above 5th grade. When I was subbing when my kids were younger, I loved grades 3-5. But a principal begged me to come to the middle school. So I did and never left. I subbed almost exclusively there, was an aide for two years, and then taught there another 18 years. I'm back to subbing in retirement, mostly middle school with a couple of stints in the 4-5 building. Middle school boys are basically ginormous kindergartners, at least until 8th grade. The girls can be nasty in 7th grade. But they are pretty good. I love middle school. Every single person I know that has moved from elementary to middle school has loved it. Well, there was one, but she was....different. Good luck making your decision. Karen
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