What "makes or breaks" a job for you?

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What "makes or breaks" a job for you?
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Thu, 06-01-2006 - 5:29pm

I could use your advice and/or two cents. My boss came to me today to tell me that she will not be moving me to 6th grade because she thought that the other teacher and I have too much "Baggage" to make a good team. I agree with her. I didn't realize that I was so stressed about working with the woman until I was told that I didn't have to.

My boss has now asked me to make the decision on wether I want to stay in 4th grade or go to 5th.

Here are good reasons to stay:
I love my 3rd/4th team. My coteacher is awesome.
I know the curriculum and could continue to improve it.
I have more freedom because I'm in a self contained class. I can do what I want when I want or stop everything and read or discuss life's issues.

Here are some good reasons to move to 5th:
I *hate* my current room in the old hallway. The 5th grade is in the new hall and has a beautiful room with tons of storage. (although, I have bad feet and it is a tile floor)
The other 5th grade teacher would be OK to work with. I believe we would butt heads at first, but we would probably get along eventually. I would still be working with the 6th grade teacher periodically. That means that I would have initial problems with 2 out of the 3 teachers I would be working with.
There would be less homework to correct because I would only be teaching Math, Science, Religion, and English. It would be easier to plan, but I'd have less freedom.

What makes or breaks a job for you? Is it the people you work with? the freedom? Is it the amount of take home work? Is it the room/tools/storage availability? I feel like the choices are even, and I'm not sure what weighs more for me.

Any comments and advice are welcome.
Tamie

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Thu, 06-01-2006 - 7:57pm
Personally since you asked for opinions the room/tools/storage would not be important to me, the most important things would be the people and the amount of work. I have worked with some really weird people including a present co-worker, but, it's always better to work with people you like. What do you think would stress you more, having to work with ppl you may not like or having to put in more work? I'd make my decision based on that.
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Thu, 06-01-2006 - 8:18pm

Here's my 2 cents. I think the people are important. If you have to work with someone who's a know-it-all, uncooperative, and bossy, it

Sherry

 

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Thu, 06-01-2006 - 8:51pm

What a great question! Your options seem so evenly balanced. Were I in your position, I'd be chewing my nails and searching for answers too. Me, I would move. That room sounds great. I am in a room now that I can't stand and really makes is difficult to do anything in. No storage except the filing cabinet behind my desk. But to be honest, I know there is a lot of satisfaction when things are going smoothly, but if that is true for too long, then I get restless. Perhaps that goes for you as well. It sounds to me as though you want to fill that storage place with all kinds of teaching ideas you are too constricted to act on now. Personel issues are important, of course. But when you have other things going on, their negative impact can be lessened. Maybe they would even suprise you! Or you suprise yourself. Do you have plans on how you might use the room?

Pam

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Thu, 06-01-2006 - 9:49pm

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Sat, 06-03-2006 - 9:52am

Thanks, everyone! I decided to stay in 4th grade. I'm very happy with the decision. I didn't have nightmares last night about changing grades for the first time in a week! LOL!

Tamie

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