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Thursday, 19 November 2009

And In The Grey Corner....

Thanks to all those bloggy mates with advice on the job dilemma.

Here is the story.

Four years ago I was in a lovely school doing a fulltime job which I really enjoyed. I taught little kids with learning difficulties to read and spell, blundered my way through some Gifted and Talented groups, ran the school's standardised assessment program, liaised with parents, co-ordinated Special Needs and took a group of Y9 boys for Additional English (extra help instead of French). It was great. I loved the staff, my kid went to the same school so transport was not an issue and I got to help out in the primary and secondary musicals which I loved.

Unfortunately, the teacher who had been on leave for two years came back and I had to find new digs. Thus began my strange and unforseen journey into secondary teaching, a journey which has not been without angst and frustration but which occasionally offers glimpses of vivid white light at the end of the tunnel. I am challenged by the secondary kids but I am also motivated and inspired from time to time. I love the staff where I am and I am familiar with the routines and surroundings.

Last week they first school rang to tell me the job had opened up again and would I be interested?

Time and money are big questions here. My current job is 0.76 EFT and this other one would be 0.8-full time. However, my current job is increasing to 0.93 next year and having done the calculations it's only about $70.00 a fortnight more to move.

Some people have suggested I do a pros and cons chart and indeed I have already done one. There are equal amounts of bullet points in each box.

The real question is.....can I be fagged moving? Do I need this upheaval? I don't think I'm in the mood for change despite this post. The trouble is that was Term 2. Since then there has been The Musical and somewhere along the line this year I have let go of a lot of control issues both at work and at home (stop sniggering those of you who know me). I am settled and comfortable.

I am still undecided.


chaoticfamily said...

Flip a coin!! LOL does that help? No. Sounds like either way you would make the right choice. They are both very different areas and both very rewarding. Much luck to you.

headbang8 said...

Is it a religious school?

Arizaphale said...

Yes indeed headbang.

Erinne: I went to see the other Principal instead. Stay tuned.

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

I don't understand the money or time calculations but it does sound like a VERY VERY difficult decision. There doesn't seem to be an easy answer. The only thing I could think about in your shoes is whether things that were frustrating you have really changed? Or are there things you've gotten used to? What I mean to say is exactly why do you find yourself happier at your current job and do you expect it to last that way? (I don't mean for you to answer, I'm just saying that's what I would wonder to myself while trying to choose). Good luck!!! I know it's difficult to decide, but at the same time it's great that you have two good options!

Anna at Hank and Willie said...

Just wanted to pop in and say hello--it's been so long, but it is always so lovely to read you--I just love your voice!