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Re: How do I tell them?
I see no need to tell them anything unless and until you have an offer you are considering
I like the job that I'm at--kind of. The teachers are great, but I work alone. I'm not in control of who's in my program and I can't kick anyone out, but I'm generally left to run it how I see fit. However, I still want to keep looking around. I miss working with other people. I miss band. Right now I only teach chamber ensembles because of the way they run block classes. None of the 12 classes I teach are bigger than 16 students--my smallest is 3. It's my first year here, but I'm worried that if I don't get back into a more traditional band program pronto, I'm screwed. My admin has demonstrated their appreciation for me and told me they want me here next year, but I don't know what to say to my principal to let them know that I'm looking around. I'm really dedicated to the work I do, and I work hard to make sure the students succeed, but I know that due to the way things are run at this school, I should not anticipate much growth. Students transfer in and out often. I frequently have beginners mixed with students playing 16th notes. I like seeing the fruits of my labor, and I won't get to do that here. I'm not sure if I'm prepared for that.
How do I tell my principal that I'm looking around? I'm not entirely unhappy here, but there are some jobs I'd like to apply to. I don't want them to take it personally or think that I've checked out. But teachers don't stay at this school often either. The longest I know of is 8 years. I'm looking toward the future and wondering if I'll be happy, but I know "the grass is always greener."