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Fourth grade to second grade
Old 02-19-2018, 02:10 PM
 
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My experience is different than previous posters. I was asked, after teaching 20 years of fourth grade, to consider moving down to second grade. I wasn’t sure it was anything I wanted to do.

However, I decided to make the change and it ended up being my favorite grade of all the ones I had taught- which would be third, fourth, fifth, and sixth- before. Best thing I ever did and second grade is the grade I retired with!!!

Previous posters are all correct. The students come in as “first graders” and everything needs to be modeled. They are very dependent and some can be a little clingy at the beginning of the year.

One thing I noticed that hasn’t been mentioned yet is the amount of parent involvement. Parents still hover with second graders which leaves, for the most part, by third grade. So, I made sure communication was prompt and frequent.

Of all the grades I taught, second grade was the grade in which I noticed the greatest dramatic amount of growth from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.

Second graders are a lot like third graders in that they still are enthusiastic about school and love their teacher.

Good luck with your decision and keep us at PT posted.
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