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Any advice for a new 1st grade teacher?

May 25, 2013 4:59pm

I am going into my 3rd year of teaching and have been moved from 2nd grade to 1st. It's not really a major leap, but are there any major differeneces that I should look for acadmically, socially, and emotionally going down to younger ages?

  • English Language Arts / Math / Science / Social Studies
  • Pre K-2
  • Assessment / Behavior / Class Culture / Differentiation / Engagement / New Teachers / Planning


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    • May 29, 2013 12:07pm

      When I went from a 5/6 combo to 1st the three biggest differences for me were: 1) A child just might pee their pants, 2) In the beginning, they can't read!, 3) Tears are more frequent. Be sure to remember that a 5 or 6 year old may realize they have to go to the bathroom RIGHT when it has become urgent. Be sure to remember most of our school expectations are new to them....especially if they have had limited pre-K/K experience. They will be tired after lunch if they had half-day kindergarten. This sounds obvious, but the reality of 30 tired, crabby, hungry first graders who all need to pee and don't have school routines down can be overwhelming. Plan lots of "energizers" such as songs & brief movement breaks. Take pictures of as much as you can to make things concrete for them. Plan LOTS of time for teaching routines and procedures. Consider bringing snacks in for the first week or so. Good luck.