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Differences between 5th and 6th?
Old 05-22-2009, 08:08 AM
 
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I will be interviewing for a 6th grade reading/writing position next week. I subbed in a 6th grade classroom once, but that is really the extent of my experience with 6th graders! I student taught 5th grade and wondered how similar or different they two grade levels are. The 5th grade I student taught was in a 3-5 school. The 6th grade I'm applying for is a PK-6 school. So I am thinking they will be similar to my 5th graders being they are the head of the school, about to go to middle school, etc. Am I right about that? Any other pointers you can give me for interviewing for this position? Thanks!


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Old 05-22-2009, 02:34 PM
 
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The biggest difference that I can think of is that at age 11-12 their brains are really starting to transition into being able to handle more abstract thinking, but not all of them will be making that transition at the same time.

So you'll have some students who really struggle with abstract thought, and others who just seem to "get it." And as the year goes on, more and more will 'just get it.' It's like a lightbulb goes on and all of a sudden ideas make sense.
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More hormones and drama
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I do 5th and 6th and I agree with the above poster, too.
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I teach both....
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...and agree with what the other posters have said. Sixth graders are more interested in things happening around them (in their community and world) and want to discuss these things more.
As the other poster said, they get a little deeper with their discussions and like to to talk A LOT! Sixth graders are my fav! Good luck with the interview!
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love sixth grade
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They are starting to have a consciousness about the world and social issues.
On the flip side the hormal stuff can make me crazy. I just try to remember they are sort of fragile, and the drama is very real to them!!


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good advice
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Thanks for the advice! I, too am going from a 5th grade classroom to a 6th! I was assuming that they'd be quite a bit alike but you can never be sure! Thanks again
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