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    Ultimately, only you can make that decision, but that being said, what helped me when I made the decision to move buildings and grade levels a number of years ago was I made a T chart. On one side, I put the pros of staying within my old building, and on the other, I listed the pros of moving. It became clear to me through that process, that moving on was a good decision for me. There never are any guarantees as to whether the grass would be greener in a new situation. There are always challenges ahead--parents, administration, relationships with colleagues that could be rocky. I would look to see if you feel your creativity and energy is being stifled, and if the behavior of your principal is something that really bothers you. Is your class especially tough this year, and are there any mitigating circumstances in your personal life that could be creating these feelings as well? If not, and you recognize that switching grade levels, if that happens, would mean a lot of new work, you might be ready for a change. Good luck in whatever you decide.

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