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I made the move and never regretted it. I love second graders. They are excited about learning. They adore their teacher. They are not as clicky as older kids. They can work independently . The only con I can think of is as an upper grade teacher you may need to brush up on your teaching reading skills. When I taught 4th grade the nonreaders were mostly SPED and had pull out for actual how to read instruction. I just had to find/ create appropiate texts for other subjects. In 2nd I did have to teach kids how to read but I loved that so not a con to me.

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76lake 06-23-2019 09:21 AM

You have some great advice. I moved from 4th to 2nd a few years ago. I love 2nd grade and don't ever want to go back! They do love their teachers. However, it did take a few months of adjustment. 2nd graders need a lot of direction and modeling. They have much shorter attention spans. I do my whole group minilessons and read alouds on the carpet. I start of slowly at the beginning of the year with stations/centers and model every center activity we do. I usually have a wide range of reading ability levels from beginning kinder to early 3rd grade. Definitely brush up on guided reading.

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ajmom 06-03-2019 03:32 PM

I just found out that I am moving from 5th to 2nd! I taught 2nd my very first year of teaching...many moons ago! I am so excited to be leaving 5th grade hormones and attitude behind

middlestsis 05-11-2019 09:21 AM

I am a second grade teacher currently! I really do love this age. They are definitely eager to please and sweet except for the very few ones with attitudes and a lot of those are reachable at this age. They can work a lot more independently than 1st graders, but they will need a lot more help than 5th graders. I have been in 2nd for 5 years and this year my kids are needy ! You will be teaching more about how to read than reading to learn and that's a big difference. I think if you go in with expectations of them acting like 5th graders it would be very difficult, but if you go in realizing it is a change and you aren't hard on yourself it will be great. If you do end up moving and need advice, don't forget about this site!

potter403 05-09-2019 04:47 AM

I made the move and never regretted it. I love second graders. They are excited about learning. They adore their teacher. They are not as clicky as older kids. They can work independently . The only con I can think of is as an upper grade teacher you may need to brush up on your teaching reading skills. When I taught 4th grade the nonreaders were mostly SPED and had pull out for actual how to read instruction. I just had to find/ create appropiate texts for other subjects. In 2nd I did have to teach kids how to read but I loved that so not a con to me.

3boys:) 05-08-2019 08:57 PM

Thinking of making the move to 2nd grade from 5th. I have never taught 2nd. Has anyone ever moved from an upper grade to lower and liked it? What were the pros and cons?




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