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Old 08-14-2018, 10:01 PM
 
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I have taught one grade level for 15 years. I'm moving to a new grade level this upcoming school year. As I have changed districts I have noticed that many teachers have taught many different grade levels.

What grade level have you taught?

Have you been moved or have you moved by choice?

Do you like your current grade level?

Do you find yourself moving grade levels often? Why?

So curious about your answers. I've always loved my grade level and my principal liked me in the grade level I've been at. I never thought about changing until I changed districts.


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I taught two years in a private kindergarten. Moved by choice to public school.

In my current district:

5 years teaching reading recovery and first grade science. District eliminated pull out science and went to a different intervention model.

5 years teaching Kindergarten. Needed a teacher in first grade, so I looped.

3 years in First Grade. Needed a teacher in fourth. I volunteered. I LOVED fourth grade. It was like I found my true home.

2 years in fourth grade[/B]. I was approached by P to teach elementary Spanish. I accepted in order to make it possible for a teacher on leave to come back..

5 years teaching Spanish. I mostly hate it and have asked to go back to fourth. I do not like being a specialist. I do not like bouncing back and fourth between grade levels and classes. And I do not like being a lonely only. However, that being said, I have the ability to do whatever I want in my program and my administrators really like what I have done.
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Old 08-15-2018, 02:29 AM
 
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Iíve taught multiage (1st/2nd), 2nd grade, and 3rd grade- all self contained. I spent 2 years and an Instructional Tech Coach. This year Iíll be teaching 5th grade, math and science. All of my moves have been my choice.
Iíve also had 12 classrooms . Those have not been my choice. I plan and hope to be in my current room for a loooong time.

I taught 2nd the longest- 9 years. I taught multiage for 2 years, and 3rd for 1. Even though Iíve never taught 5th grade Iím so excited to teach this level!
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Old 08-15-2018, 03:37 AM
 
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I taught 1 year in kindergarten then moved to 2nd grade because my position was eliminated. Moved to 2nd and taught for 8 years then chose to go back to kindergarten when an opening occurred. After another 8 years forced to move to 4th grade for 2 years and now back in 2nd grade for 6 years and counting.

2nd grade is my favorite grade

Most teachers at my school stay in their grade for ever but our grade level sections fluctuate from year to year so that forces some movement.
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I'm a pro at moving, unfortunately. All of my moves have been within the same school.

What grade level have you taught? K-8 (some resource classes, some regular ed classes, many inclusion classes)

Have you been moved or have you moved by choice? Both

Do you like your current grade level? It's not my first choice, but for the first time in my career I had the chance to request a change in grade levels and I didn't.

Do you find yourself moving grade levels often? Why? I get moved because I have multiple certifications.

I think there are a lot of benefits to teaching many years in one grade level. You really get to master the curriculum and can get more innovative because you're not spending time figuring out the basics anymore. At the same time, we all know teachers who have gotten too comfortable teaching the same thing year after year. Moving to a new grade level could 'wake them up' to new possibilities and re-energize them.
Best of luck to you as you embark on a new teaching adventure this year!


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Old 08-15-2018, 04:41 AM
 
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What grade level have you taught?
K-8 (I have a special ed endorsement)

Have you been moved or have you moved by choice?
I have switched districts twice (district one, district two and back to district one). My last two moves have technically been by choice, but I feel like I really I did not have a choice.

Do you like your current grade level?
I am only going into year 6, but I think I prefer upper elementary (3rd-5th) special ed. I currently teach life skills 6-8. I think I will enjoy this level of kids, I struggled to enjoy my regular-ed middle school students last year. I do kind of dread puberty.

Do you find yourself moving grade levels often? Why?
Sort of, but I think a lot of it is being a newer teacher and needing to find a job in a tough economy. When I think about future continuing education, I am still looking to make myself even more marketable. My state recently changed middle school license requirements, so I wonder if it will be tougher to find qualified middle school teachers and if I will be needed more in middle school.
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Old 08-15-2018, 04:47 AM
 
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I taught 5 and 6th
Then I taught 2/3, 3/4, 4/5, 5/6
Then a cluster one year
Then 3rd 5 years
Then 4th 3 years
Back to pull out this coming year

Total 27 years and my favorite was 3rd or 4th grade. Loved both.

The combo classes I looped with. I was with the same kids for 4 straight years. I didn't choose anything, we are just given what P wants to give us.
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Old 08-15-2018, 06:59 AM
 
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I taught first grade for four years at a Catholic school. Then went to public school and taught first grade for 1 year and third grade, which I love, for the last twenty years. I do not see any moves for the future.
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Pre-k, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th. (Not in that order though.) Some changes were because of changing schools. Others were changing grades in a school that I had already been in.

I expect to be moved after this year unless enrollment drastically changes.

I would not want to stay in the same position for 15 years. I know that is great for some people, but I would find it stagnating. Some teachers are great at keeping up to date with technology, etc. However, the teachers I have taught with have, as a rule, not been good about change. That includes my grade level partner and she is very stuck in her ways.

I hope you are excited about your new position.
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Old 08-15-2018, 08:31 AM
 
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What grade level have you taught? 2nd, 4th, 5th

Have you been moved or have you moved by choice? I spent 5 years in 4th when I first graduate. Got married, started having kids and left teaching. After 8 years I returned and subbed for a year, then got a job teaching 2nd. Taught at that school for 15 years. My school was consolidated into a bigger district which caused very unhappy feeling for many and I moved to the new school still teaching second. After 9 more years of second a fifth grade job opened up and I moved to fifth. This will be my 7th year in 5th.

Do you like your current grade level? Yes! I love them! I liked second, but I love 4th and 5th!

Do you find yourself moving grade levels often? Why? No, this will be my last grade level as I'm planning ion retiring at the end of this year.


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Iíve taught: 2nd/3rd Writerís Workshop, 1st for 2 years, K for 3 years, and now Iíve been in 3rd the last 5 years.

My school is small (K-8) and up until the last few years weíve only had 1 class of each grade. Iíve been ďaskedĒ to move grades, but since weíre so small if they move 1 person, it affects other movement. I didnít really have a choice - itís more of ďthese are changes for the upcoming yearĒ.

Iíve loved all the grades Iíve taught. I really enjoyed K, however I truly LOVE 3rd Grade. It definitely is my favorite grade to teach (minus the state testing )
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What grade level have you taught? Started out teaching K, then went to 1st & 2nd. Now back in K.

Have you been moved or have you moved by choice? At my previous school, we sometimes had to move grade levels due to it being a small school. I don't actually remember if it was my "choice" but I was ok with it.

Do you like your current grade level? Love it!

Do you find yourself moving grade levels often? Why? No, I resist change, generally. I prefer to be in my comfort zone.
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I did 2 years as a K-5 sped teacher at my first school. I loved the school, but hated where I was living so I moved to a city a few hours away, where I taught 3rd grade for one year. Unfortunately that was the complete opposite situation- I loved where I was living, but was in a truly horrendous school/district.

I would have preferred to keep teaching gen ed, but took a K-6 sped position in order to get out of the horrendous school. After my first year, an additional teacher was hired. My P wanted me to take the intermediate grades, but I really wanted primary and she let me take K-3 (I think she was worried I would leave otherwise).

I just started my 5th year in the K-3 position. I would actually love a change, but I've been pigeon holed as a sped teacher. I don't think I'd have any chance of getting hired for gen ed at this point. I'd also lose my "non-probationary" status (it's not tenure, but it's some protection). Working in horrendous school #2, I've learned that being good at your job doesn't necessarily mean that you're safe!

I looked for reading interventionist positions the past two springs/summers. Unfortunately, those positions are few and far between. There were less than 5 positions to even apply for in 2 years time, I only got one interview, and the job ended up being not what I was looking for (they wanted me to push in).
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Old 08-15-2018, 05:19 PM
 
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I have only taught 6th grade. I even did my student teaching in 6th grade. I can't imagine changing grades. This coming year is my 19th year.
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I started in a private school, one year of 5/6. Great kids- supportive families- TONs of duties.
Moved to public and taught sixth at the same school for 21 years.
5/6 one year at that same school, not my choice.
Chose to transfer to a new school, projected 5/6. it's now looking like a straight fifth.

I liked the fifth graders, but, up until now, my heart is in sixth grade.

I am looking froward to changing my Hallowe'en costumes from ancient history to American history. It'll be fun. (I used to do theater costuming.)
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What grade level have you taught? 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and now 6th

Have you been moved or have you moved by choice? I've been moved as needed. Whenever there is an issue with grades and test scores, I get moved. This year, 6th was added because of a staff emergency.

Do you like your current grade level? I do. Before I started teaching, I wanted to be a junior high teacher. Then I did my student teaching and first few years in 3rd grade, and I loved it. BUT 5th, it's my jam.

Do you find yourself moving grade levels often? Why?It's a small school, like less than 30 teachers, so you go where the need is.
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