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Old 11-14-2009, 12:44 AM
 
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Fourth Grade teachers, step up and be counted !
What state/country are you in?
What's your biggest challenge at your school?

I'm in California.
Biggest challenge: Working with mostly English Learners whose parents can't work with them in English to help them with ELA skills.


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I teach 4th grade in North Carolina.
I guess our biggest challenge is getting parental support at school and home.


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I'm in IL and I feel like my biggest challenge is differentiating instruction for such a WIDE range of learners with so many different needs.
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I feel my biggest challenge is keeping up with the extra curricular paperwork. There doesn't seem to be enough time to plan any supplementation to lessons to reach all learners.

I want to incorporate technology into my lessons, but that takes a lot of time to search for it.
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Old 11-14-2009, 06:37 AM
 
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I think my biggest challenge at this point is my pacing. As a district we have certain topics we must cover per term and I feel I can not cram it all in...and teach it well at the same time.


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I am in North Carolina.
I feel my biggest challenge is helping the struggling students become more successful, making sure the average/grade level students are being successful, and then also challenging the higher students....My head is constantly spinning how to manage all 3 sets of learners because within each group, each student is so different!
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Old 11-14-2009, 06:48 AM
 
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I'm another Jersey Girl.

We are most challenged by testing - our administration is all about "The Test" while we are all about trying to get our kids to be lifelong learners..."The Test" takes the joy out of the little things...They also don't replace retirees and others who have left, so our support staff is dwindling. How can we provide success for all (and on the #@&* Test) without the staff????
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:15 AM
 
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Biggest Challenge: Meeting the needs of ALL students. Sometimes I feel I spend all my time with struggling students: meeting for reading instruction, reading materials to them in sci./soc/st., reading tests to them, providing extra support in math, etc. I worry that I don't get to spend much time with the others.
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:46 AM
 
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Locations: I teach in California(southern)

Challenge: I think the biggest challenge is the ever increasing workload. Maybe it's just this year, but I'm frazzled/harried all the time trying to keep up. We need planning time!
The Racing, I mean Pacing guide is also a challenge. I know to teach something well and make sure they really know it more time is needed, but the racing guide says to move on.
I'd also love to have time to do and art/craft project every now and again.
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:49 AM
 
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I teach 4th grade reading in a small Texas school. My biggest challenge is the lack of available resources for meeting my students' needs. We have very little technology available and are told there is no money for materials.


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Old 11-14-2009, 10:21 AM
 
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I teach near the DC area. The biggest challenge is pacing and "teaching to the test."
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Old 11-14-2009, 10:46 AM
 
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My biggest challenge is the "balance act." I could spend all my time grading papers, planning, finding new and creative ways to teach the subjects, and doing all the necessary demands of teaching. However, I also am really trying to find "me" time and not get lost in the job.
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So different, yet so alike.
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I teach 4th in rural Alabama. I'm "snatching" the phrase RACING guide. Thanks, fellow poster!

Other that "the guide", I'd say that AWOAC's are my main problem. (that would be Administrators w/o a Clue!)
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Old 11-14-2009, 03:03 PM
 
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I'm in NoCal and my biggest challenge is trying to teach 4th grade to kids who have not yet mastered their 3rd grade standards/skills.
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Old 11-14-2009, 03:51 PM
 
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I'm here in southern Ohio.

Biggest challenge-I'd say it's a combination of the pace we have to keep and trying to get kids not working on grade level to pass grade level tests without support. We're supposed to teach "smarter, not harder"...Whatever!
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Old 11-14-2009, 05:22 PM
 
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I'm in Philadelphia, PA
Biggest Challenge: Students that are on a first and second grade reading level and parents that will not work with their children.
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Old 11-14-2009, 05:50 PM
 
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North Dakota

Trying to find the time to do everything that I need and want to do.
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Old 11-14-2009, 06:43 PM
 
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Florida here!! Biggest challenge is time for meeting with small groups or individual students that need so much help in reading and math and still keep up with the grade level standards.
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Old 11-14-2009, 06:50 PM
 
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Az. here. Biggest challenge is that I just went from 22 students to 31 students over night. One of our 4th grade teachers was moved to 6th and the other 2classes have been combined.

Another challenge: trying to figure out why there is so much emphasis on Dibels. These kids try to read so fast to get a good dibels score and have not been taught any comprehension skills.
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I am in California and my biggest challenge would be my EL population. I have a class of 30 (small for me). 20 of those 30 are ELs, and some of the other 10 a reclassified ELs. It makes things more difficult I think.
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My biggest challenge is a class where 30% are far below grade level and I can't seem to get the parents to understand how serious this is. P/T conferences this week haven't helped.

Also, we are beginning RTI.
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:12 PM
 
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Georgia, metro Atlanta
My biggest challenge is finding time to let the kids be kids! We manage recess once a week, because the "powers that be" have decided we should attempt to run a schedule that is totally unrealistic. ( I totally relate to PPs who mentioned Dibels and the racing guide!)
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Old 11-15-2009, 05:21 AM
 
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My biggest challenge is having enough time to do the extra stuff. I try to make each lesson "fun" and exciting, but there are extension lessons I'd like to do that there is just not time for.
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Old 11-15-2009, 08:05 AM
 
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I teach 4th in FLORIDA
Biggest challenge is getting support from the school such as ESE and ESOL. I have once tiny ounce of support that just started coming in my room in the past 2 weeks. I do ALL the work myself!
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Old 11-15-2009, 08:14 AM
 
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22 kids
biggest challenge..teaching to the test instead of the actual learning age
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Old 11-15-2009, 08:41 AM
 
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* I'm in California
* Biggest challenge is time. I would love planning time so that I could plan better lessons for my diverse group. But with grading, meetings, etc. there isn't enough time.
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:51 AM
 
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Biggest Challenge - Funding... the budget crisis is killing education. We seem to be losing more of our already spent budget every week!

We're expected to do more, with less money and less support, while producing higher results in all areas.

At my school, the budget cuts are huge, as is the support allocation.
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Budget, parental support, 22 students with a WIDE range of abilities...
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My biggest challenge is giving my ESE students the time and accommodations that they need but still have time to teach a thorough lesson to my other students. I have one little guy that is only reading at a 1st grade level so I literally have to pull him for one on one in every subject. I am fortunate to have wonderful little girls in my class that are willing to take him under their wing and help out when ever possible
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I'm from Michigan!
Biggest Challenge- dropping enrollment and finding time to do everything!
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I teach in northern Montana and I think the biggest challenge here is getting the kids to develop the responsibility for taking care of their assignments (completing them, handing them in) and also trying to make sure all kids at all levels are getting their needs met. I guess i need about a 24 hour teaching day. who needs sleep, or family time? :0)
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in Arizona.

This year my biggest challenge is differentiating my instruction enough. I have a high gifted cluster and quite a large group of students who are low. Also, dealing with a principal who wants us all to follow the textbook and be on the same page at the same time

ETA- I have 27 students
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I teach in Northern Minnesota

The biggest challenge at our school is that we just started a new reading series and no one seems impressed- also we are starting RTI and are not recieving a whole lot of training on implementing.
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Illinois

My biggest challenge is having students in my class years below grade level. Trying to teach them with students that excel is difficult. Standardized testing is also a challenge. Who makes up these tests? They don't seem to test kids on the things they will need to know in life.
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My Biggest Challenges: Adjusting to the bigger class sizes. I feel more disorganized and seem to have less time to get things done.
Technology: Our new curriculums have great technology components, but we don't have the capability.
Parents: Wanting more from teachers and giving less.
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So many of my challenges have been posted already.

One of my challenges is getting students to produce quality work. Many kids just want to slop it down and get it done. What happened to having pride in your work?
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There are a bunch of us!
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I'm in NC.
My biggest challenge is having a very low class (out of 25 kids, 17 did not pass the EOG at the end of 3rd in May.) So I've got to catch them up AND get them to pass the test (that is what we are all about, unfortunately.)

If there are so many of us, how come this board gets so quiet?
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I would say scary budget cuts coming! (When we- that is the politicians could fix it with revenue! )
Also, differentiating to all learners! I'm stressing out about that one this year!
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My biggest challenge is keeping up with grade level standards without feeling like I'm rushing. There's soooo much to teach and such little time.
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Risa, nice job with this post! This was a great idea!! I'm enjoying reading all of the pp's. We all come from different areas with different populations, yet we all have so much in common! The wide range in student abilities, AWOAC (love that one!), the Racing Guide (we call it Core Curriculum here). Parental support (although I am truly blessed this year with my parent support - I'm enjoying it this year, I've just come through two straight years looping with the same group with very minimal support). Paperwork, etc.
However, for me, I have a unique situation. My wife is currently in a teacher prep program and has been a day to day sub since last year. A few weeks ago, one of my team members (I'm the team leader) went on maternity leave. My wife was asked to take the long-term sub position for her. She's great and a natural (other people's opinion, not just mine!) but she has been acting like me lately, forgetful, less attentive, etc. So, for us, it's having time left for each other and our two kids.
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28 kids in the class is way too much trying to prepare for state tests, especially when our scores were the best they've ever been last year, but not up to par with the state. :-/
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Southeastern Ohio

This years challange is meeting the demands of the parents. Parents and students are not held accountable and in order to compensate for that our building has put more work on the teachers. And of course the looming Ohio Achievement Test.
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It's been good to read that we aren't alone in our issues, for the most part. Thanks to all who have shared their thoughts!
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If there are so many of us, how come this board gets so quiet?
After reading through the entire thread, I have to agree with mrs_b_from_nc. I started this thread, because I realized I could count all the fourth grade PT members I knew of on one hand. Now that we know we're all here and that we share so many similar concerns, I hope we'll keep it going with suggestions and general support for fourth grade issues.

Fortunately, I've been finding that I can adapt ideas from higher or lower grades to meet the needs of my students, but it would be great to use 'made for fourth grade' materials, too!

Any other 4th grade teachers who haven't added their names, feel free to keep this thread going!
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I know how you feel. Chery. I have students who are working at the 2nd grade level.
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I am finding that the students are less capable of working on grade level appropriate work, they are more immature, they are socially unaware of what is acceptable, and they all race to get things done. We have been working on class meetings and discuss Quality...not Quantity everyday!!!

But I still love the grade level most days!
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My biggest challenge: Keeping up with the Racing Guide and working in a low SES school.
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Biggest challenges:
Large class size (32) and many students who are special needs and/or below grade level. The curriculum standards are not appropriate but the almighty test looms on the horizon... Like many other previous posters, there does not seem to be enough time to do everything. I'd like time to just enjoy my students for who they are!
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I'm from Northeast Georgia. Like RISA, my biggest challenge is working with mostly English Learners whose parents can't work with them in English to help them with ELA skills. Also, another of my big challenges is trying to teach 4th grade to kids who have not yet mastered their 3rd grade standards/skills.

I have to say, too, after reading all of the responses...all of the above. As I was reading, i kept saying "me too". Teaching is getting so much more difficult in today's demanding world.

I vote we go back to..."reading, writing and 'rimetic"!
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I'm a 4th grade student teacher in MISSOURI!

I am brand new, haven't even started my placement yet.... though I have done some observing, and it is in the district I grew up in. So I am not sure what challenges I face yet, but I am glad to know there are so many 4th grade teachers here when I face them!
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Old 11-25-2009, 09:16 AM
 
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My biggest challenge is a lot of things. This is my first year teaching and being married! I have no time at school to get work done, and no time at home to enjoy my husband. My school system is trying to cram too many things in and the kids have no time to be kids.
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Old 11-25-2009, 11:00 AM
 
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I'm in Northern California at a private school.

I've got two challenges this year: Rewriting all of my writing prompts for our novel studies since what I've done in the past is beyond this class. I am used to students who can work with 2 and 3 part questions and this class has a hard time with a detailed, supported answer to 1 question. I've also had to slow my math instruction WAY down. These kids are still having trouble with multiplication and division facts.

This class is like herding cats. Getting them all going in the same direction at the same time is almost impossible. They're sweethearts, but...
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Old 11-30-2009, 09:08 PM
 
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I'm in Northern CA as well. I have a class of 30 and my biggest challenge(s) are: parental support (in a helpful way, if you know what I mean), funding (or lack thereof), and time for instruction. We are currently in P.I and going through the lengthy process of figuring out what to do to "get out". It's depressing to have so much pressure for students to perform for one test. As a younger teacher, it can be a little discouraging to see education taking this turn so early in my career
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Old 12-30-2009, 12:22 PM
 
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I teach 4th grade in Tennessee. My biggest issue this year is the state's changing math standards. Along with that, while some school systems are allowing students to use calculators on the state test, our system does not. I recently found out that we are being compared to the schools who do use calculators. It is the same test. I don't feel that any 4th graders should be tested using a calculator. I'm going to look bad no matter how hard I try to teach math.
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