The transfer positions were finally posted today but as usual the district has made it a complete pain to apply for any of them. *sigh*
I was able to sort through by ESL requirement which helped seriously narrow my choices. There are three schools I would absolutely LOVE to be in. One I taught at before, one I student taught at (and was a student there myself once upon a time) and one my really good pal did her student teaching at. There is another school I did a long-term position at which has 2nd grade that I've coveted from afar. It doesn't list who the principal is and that makes me leery because the current principal there is someone I'd rather avoid like the plague.
As such, once I figure out how to get the darn application working, I will be applying to 10 positions total: 5 - 2nd grade, 1 - 3rd grade (which would actually be my first choice), 2 - 4th grade and 2 - 5th grade. Huge variety there and I'd be willing to bet the 2nd/3rd positions are more likely. I would be happy with any of them, however,
Transfer applications aren't due until next Tuesday so I probably won't know anything about my success in transferring until the end of next week or the week after that. Waiting is hard for me BUT once I have put in the bids, I will feel much, much better about the whole thing. Only one of these schools is on the side of town where my former school is. The others are on the "nicer" side of town. I've taught in both places and one isn't necessarily better than the other but the schools I'm bidding into have much better reputations than mine does.
EDIT: Okay, so apparently I had a huge blond moment earlier. The application has a spot on the VERY bottom for you to indicate you are a current employee which opens up the transfer bid area. They just can't make it easy! :)
In the end I bid in this order: 5th, 3rd, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 4th, 2nd. They're in this order depending on the school. The first 5th grade position would allow me to teach with my co-op teacher *and* my former 6th grade teacher. How fun would that be?? :)