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Old 04-22-2018, 06:33 PM
 
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I have the possibility of being able or being asked to move from 2nd to 4th or 5th. Id like advice preferably from those that have moved from lower to upper elementary. I am not sure if I want to leave my school and team so Id like the pros for moving up.
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They have to take state tests so there is a great deal of pressure and stress that goes along with that.

They are more hormonal and that can create behavior issues.

I know in my state fifth grade classes can have higher class counts. It goes from 22 to to 28 students.

Assignments are longer and take more time so you may spend two weeks or more on a writing assignment. In second grade tasks are shorter so you have to generate more assignments.

Longer assignments means it will take you longer to grade them.

Assignments are more interesting to teacher usually as the content is more mature. I found this especially true with reading novels rather than easy readers.

Reading is about comprehension, not decoding. They will be reading to lear rather than learning to read.

They are more independent.

They can take care of personal physical needs without your help. (tie own shoes, can predict when they are getting sick and can usually get to the bathroom in time...)

Sometimes they are stinky after PE or recess. Their bodies are changing.

They still love their teacher, but do not hug you as much.

They still enjoy being read aloud to.

Sometimes the reports cards are different from primary grades to upper elementary. Lower grades receive E for excellent, S for satisfactory... Upper grades receive A, B, C and F.

I have taught preschool through high school and liked third and fourth grade the most. But everyone is different. Good luck with your decision.
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I'm a K-5 reading specialist and have taught 1st-3rd as a classroom teacher. Here are some things that I enjoy about working with 4th & 5th graders:

* More independence allows for more (or easier to plan) opportunities for collaborative work, independent interest-driven learning, etc.
* Discussion about learning and concepts is more in depth
* I personally enjoy some of the curriculum from the upper grades more (for example, here 2nd grade social studies focuses on communities, where in 4th and 5th they are learning about our state, indigenous people groups, early American history)

By far for me one of my favorite things about working with my upper elementary groups is that they don't just blindly love you because you are their teacher. You have to truly care about them and build relationships. But if you succeed in that, at this age, you can truly impact the future of your students. At this age, they are forming longer term opinions about school, whether they are "smart", attitudes about effort and perseverance, etc. They will remember specific units and lessons, and may come back to visit you as they get older and move on to MS and HS. Since I work with struggling readers, it is one of the most important pieces of my work with them - if I don't succeed in hooking them in with reading, and building their confidence and skills, they are going to have a hard time in middle school. But, when we get there - this time of year is my favorite because IT IS HAPPENING!! - it is such a celebration.
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I moved from 1st to 4th, and then two years later, up to 6th. I was excited to go up to 4th, and terrified to go up to 6th. Both turned out amazing!

Moving up to 4th was easy for me--the kids were so much more independent, but still sweet and ready to please. There is more time to sit down--in 1st I never sat, constantly up and helping kids. Of course you'll still be up a lot, but in 4th, I found there were times I could sit down and no one needed me, at least for a few minutes at a time. This was even more in 6th grade.

I also felt the content in 4th and 6th was so much more interesting and engaging for me, and easier for me get deep with. We had a lot of in depth discussion in reading, social studies, and more group work where kids could really be cooperative. I felt like I really bloomed as a teacher once I was in upper elementary. I really got into the groove with 4th, and so moving up to 6th grade scare me a lot. But it turned out I loved it even more than 4th. 6th is where I chose to stay.
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Thank you to all that have responded so far! I like the idea of getting more involved in the content, discussing topics, and them being more independent.

I am still unsure of if Id like to volunteer but will find out next week if Im chosen to move and to which grade. Youve definitely made me feel more at ease if I am chosen!


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