Tuesday, August 6, 2013

It's the Grade Level Shuffle!

Oh my word. 

Let me point something out -- if you've waited from May 3 until July 15 to get your placement, then see a phone call from your district on a random Tuesday...it isn't going to be good news. :(

I was displaced from my 4th/5th grade position because it will not exist for the 2013-2014 school year. I interviewed, wasn't selected, interviewed again, wasn't selected and then finally was placed mid-July in 3rd grade. Overjoyed. Raptured. More.Than.Happy. to finally have a placement and be able to begin planning.

Until this morning. I got a phone call at 8:30 from my district. I knew it wasn't going to be anything I wanted to hear but I answered it anyway. They put me in the 3rd grade position but it's a bilingual position. I'm not bilingual, I only have the ESL endorsement. So that wasn't going to work. 

They said they had a 5th grade ESL but it is at a school where I nearly had a mental breakdown so I said no way. The other thing they had was 1st grade. FIRST.GRADE. Not ideal at all. At all. (I know some of ya'll love your little guys--I prefer the big ones.)

Granted, because this goof was not my fault at all, she said she would keep a note on her desk that if anything else comes up that is upper el, she will call me and offer that to me. However, there is no guarantee that it would be before school started. *head desk*

It doesn't matter, not really. Because my National Board work has more than prepared me to teach ages 3-12 for literacy (and that's really the part that scares me--teaching them to read). It's just not what I expected or wanted. AND I've bought 3rd grade materials that now are useless for me. 

I'm supposed to touch base with her in a couple of days and see if anything else came available. My friend who teaches at the school with the 3rd grade job said one of the 5th grade teachers just got hired in another district so if she puts her notice in soon, maybe they'll let me have that job. 

What.A.Mess.


The Caffeinated Teacher

20 comments:

  1. Oh no what a mess! I teach first and I know if someone told me I would have to teach 3rd grade or higher I would freak out! It is totally different when you are expecting a change but you weren't. I'll be thinking of you and hoping you get moved to a grade you are excited about!

    Rambling About Reading

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  2. I am so sorry that you have to go through this. It is terrible that because you were willing to take a position last year that no one wanted (split grade) that you essentially get penalized for it. I know that you will end up in a great spot and the kids that eventually get you will be better because of it. I will be thinking about you during this rough time.

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    1. Right! That's how I feel...because I took the job no one else wanted, I am being punished now. It stinks. BUT I talked with my hubby and thought on it all morning and I'm just going to accept the 1st grade position. It isn't what I would normally choose but I think it will be good for me. I looked at our curriculum guidelines for 1st grade and they have SO MUCH more freedom. That may be what I need after last year.

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  3. That sucks. It's ridiculous that they inadvertently put you in a bilingual spot. Whoever did that royally messed up. I hope they are working hard to make sure you have a position! :0(

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    1. Yeah. I know its been a mess because they had hundreds of people to place. Alas, after pondering it all morning, I decided to just accept the 1st grade. No, it isn't what I would normally choose for myself but it'll be good for me. There is more creative freedom in the lower grades so that might well be what my heart needs at this moment!

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  4. Geez, what a mess....I would be freaking out...It's a good thing you decided to take the 1st grade - now you won't be up in the air wondering what you'll be doing. Hope it all works out for you!
    Diane
    schoolhousetreasures

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    1. It's exactly why I decided to bite the bullet and just take it. At least I'll KNOW. And once the year gets going, I'll be okay. I hope hehe

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  5. I taught third and fifth for years and always said I didn't like the "littles". Last year I became the school librarian and I now LOVE my "littles". Much less stress!! They all want to read so badly...you will do great!!
    *Don't you just hate this time of the school year though?!?

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    1. This is the WORST time right now because I feel so uncertain and that stinks. BUT the good news is, my grade level partner is someone I know and the art teacher from my last school will be at my new school also. So I will know some people which makes it nicer.

      I had first graders YEARS ago during part of my student teaching and it was in the fall. It was a long time ago but I remember how small and eager they are. So we shall see.

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  6. Oh my gosh! That is craziness! I can only imagine how your stomach must have dropped into your shoes when you saw that phone call coming in... and then somehow even lower when you heard why they were calling.

    I'm sorry this has happened, but I know that you will take it in stride, give those kids your best, and make it a really terrific year! I can tell from your writing what a fighter you are!

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    1. I have really come into the notion that everything happens for a reason, you know? And for whatever reason, I am being moved because someone somewhere needs me. I just don't know who that kiddo (or parent!) is yet. :)

      I am definitely going to just take it on the chin and see how it goes. It could end up being the best thing I've ever done.

      Thanks for your positive thoughts :)

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  7. Oh my goodness! That is crazy and frustrating. I'm glad you are taking the leap into 1st. Do you follow A Teeny Tiny Teacher? Kristen is a 1st grade teacher and has phenomenal resources!! Just thought I'd try to help! :) Good luck, you'll be great!!

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    1. Yes, I do follow her! I have been scouring all of my 1st grade friends' blogs all afternoon haha! Thanks :)

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  8. Oh Raye... If only I had a magic wand... I would definitely hand it right over and let you use it first!
    Your attitude through all of this has been amazing. WHOEVER your kids are, they will be lucky to have you.
    I just hope they have you in a room with a (final!) list and a grade level before the kids start walking in!!!

    Sending you hopeful thoughts..
    Kim
    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

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    1. I'm waiting to hear a final okay from the HR lady that she'll leave me in the first grade but unless she found me something and just hasn't had a chance to call me, I think I'll be set. I sure hope so. It's been so crazy and I just want them to put me somewhere and then leave me there--for a good long time! :)

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  9. Oh my goodness. How frustrating! I can't imagine how you must be feeling. I believe everything happens for a reason...even though sometimes it may seem like it doesn't make any sense and you may not realize why until later on. {I'll admit, when people told me that I just wanted to tell them to stop talking haha, but it's so true!} Where ever you are next year, your kids will be lucky to have you! And all of your followers will be here to give you support and advice if you need it :)

    Hoping another position opens up for you!!!
    Sarah
    A Sunny Day in First Grade

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    1. Hi Sarah! Yes, I am with you--everything happens for a reason. I have kind of accepted this and hope they will agree to just let me keep this first grade position.

      I'm more scared about what to do with them the first couple of weeks because I am CLUELESS about first graders :)

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