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Old 01-04-2018, 01:43 AM
 
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What grade level do you teach (K,1st or 2nd) and what made you decide to teach that grade level?

I am currently in school to become a teacher. Iím leaning more towards second grade but would like some insight on teaching other grade levels such as K through 2nd.

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Most teachers don't have a choice. They take the position they are offered, then they work their way to where they want to be after they gain experience. You may think you know what age you want to teach, but until you really spend some time in the classroom, you can't really know. I started in fifth grade, because that'a what was available. After three years I moved to second, and now I am a reading specialist. There are good and bad things about all grade levels.
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I always thought I'd want to teach 4th or 5th grade, but ended up teaching kinder because it was the job available. Much to my surprise I absolutely loved it! I taught kinder for 6 years, then took a 9 year break, then ended up back in kinder out of sheer luck and have been there since. My next choice would be 2nd grade. 1st has a ton of pressure IMO, and 3rd is our first testing grade.
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Interesting. Iím not sure exactly where I will end up once completion of my teacher program but I feel as if as long as Iím fulfilling my job and making sure the students succeed Iíll be happy. Of course Iím prepared for the good and bad as it applies to every job but Iím up for the challenge.
How was it teaching 4th and 5th grade? Was there a difference in curriculum and expectations?
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I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education with a K-9 Language Arts area of certification. I thought I wanted to teach 6th grade, but was hired to teach first grade. I fell in love with teaching first graders. There were a couple of moves to other grade levels in the last 25 years, but most of my years have been spent in first. I see first grade as the highest calling. If they don't get a good start in first grade, they will struggle forever. I take that very seriously.

I have considered second grade because they are a little more independent, but are still willing to learn. I've never had the opportunity to try that grade out.


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There is a lot of pressure in the intermediate grades because of the high stakes testing. While there are plenty of sweet kids, expect there to also be a lot of issues. So many kids come to us with dysfunction in their lives. Also, the hormones start to kick in and that is another issue. I enjoyed teaching fifth grade. I liked the content. The kids are able to hold conversations and they are independent.
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I always wanted to teach kinder because it's magical. And, I learned once I got the job, kinder teachers get exempt from a lot!! But after 8 years, I wanted a change and was getting too old to deal with the daily drama of 5 year olds.

Went to first which is no walk in the park. I slogged through for two years.

Ended up in second grade for the next 9 years and pretty much loved every moment.
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Thanks for sharing your experiences with the different grade levels youíve taught.
May I ask what are some of the things kinder teachers/classes are exempted from?
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Old 01-10-2018, 10:05 AM
 
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When I was hired, I was offered K, Title 1 or 2nd. I always wanted to be in the classroom so I took 2nd grade.
Three years after teaching 2nd, I got moved to 1st. 8 years later, I'm teaching Title 1.
I want to move up a little, but not sure exactly what.
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Old 01-10-2018, 10:08 AM
 
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I taught 2nd for 3 years. It was a lot easier 11 years ago compared to today with the standards of Common Core. I would gladly go back though now that I've had more experience with teaching. I taught 1st for 8 years and loved it!


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Old 01-10-2018, 10:20 AM
 
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Wow. Thatís interesting. Right now in my Teacher Education Program, I am doing my field observation hours here and there with two 2nd grade teachers. I really enjoy the 2nd grade level as the kids are a little more independent.

I also got to do my field observation in a Kindergarten class. I enjoy that grade level to but from what Iíve seen, the kids are way more energetic (which is awesome because it makes it fun) but it seems tiring lol.
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Old 01-11-2018, 03:42 AM
 
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I have a degree in Early Childhood Education (Age 3-3rd grade). I've always known I wanted to teach in primary grade levels, just not kindergarten. I interned in 1st grade and LOVED it, but the week I finished my internship, I went to a teacher job fair and got hired as a 2nd grade math and science teacher.

2nd grade was okay. I was replacing a teacher mid-year, so the kids were always testing their limits with me.

I got moved to kindergarten the next year. I thought it was a demotion being moved to a lower grade level, but it ended up being the best thing that's ever happened to me. I absolutely LOVE kindergarten. It's where I belong. Even though there is no garauntee that you'll get the grade you want or stay in your grade forever. My old grade level partner got moved up to an older grade level after being in kindergarten for 20 years.

I would love to stay in kindergarten for 20 years.
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Old 01-11-2018, 04:51 AM
 
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Wow thatís awesome! I think Iíll be fine with the change as there will always be change but being able to teach a grade level for that long is amazing. What makes it better is when you absolutely love what you do which is a plus.
I am very excited about becoming a Teacher. Iíve always love education and helping people with school related work and tutoring. I guess it takes certain points and situations in your life to realize/ reveal your true calling. Thatís how I decided I needed to go into teaching. Iím glad I realized it while Iím still young.
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Old 01-15-2018, 01:04 PM
 
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what are some of the things kinder teachers/classes are exempted from?
I don't know how it is elsewhere but we aren't really exempt from anything other than the state wide standardized testing.
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I have taught 1-5 and have been in 2nd for 9 years.
Previous was 3rd. I stepped back due to testing and district requirements.
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I used to think 2nd grade was the best. I taught it for 9 years, but when I switched schools, I ended up in first grade. I LOVE it. It's amazing to see how much they grow as a reader throughout the year. Guided reading is my favorite part of the day. Time wise I found it much easier to plan and grade compared to 2nd grade because the books are shorter and generally assignments are simpler. It makes it easier for me as a mom of young kids to leave work on time and not take work home. Also, a lot of new school initiatives are listed as 2nd-5th so K/1st often gets off the hook. Last of all, first grade has a reputation of being really difficult so there's less competition for your position.
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Old 05-02-2018, 02:02 PM
 
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I teach second grade! I really enjoy it as I feel as though this is the perfect age to easily interact and have fun with your students.
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