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Help!!!!! I'm moving from 1st grade to 6th grade and I'm lost. From decorating to classroom management. I want to begin the year with a bang and don't want to be to childish for them. Any info or suggestions are appreciated.

May 9, 2017 8:51am

  • English Language Arts
  • 6
  • Behavior


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    • May 13, 2017 12:25pm

      Hi Melissa! I am not sure if you are ONLY teaching sixth, or if you are in a multi-grade with a sixth homeroom. However, that being said, the first thing you will need to remember is they ARE still children. There is not that much difference in the WHAT you do as a teacher, as in the HOW things are done and presented. So, they still need direction, structure, and encouragement....they just don't want YOU to know it, or be obvious about giving it. They can be very sweet, or not, depending on the day. They are going to be a lot more able to work independently, but will have to be shown specific procedures and methods for doing things. When it comes to the room, keep it functional, using charts, materials and resources you will be able to teach with and can refer to. (excuse my prepositions) I have also used color/font themes to tie it together, sometimes, I pick something like stars, sports, pets, popcorn or even a movie/Hollywood theme just for fun! There is SO much I could share, but I am sure others will too.
      What I would suggest as far as management, and teaching style, is to look at some of the videos on this site (they are usually great), check out things on other teaching sites and on Pinterest. I will be happy to help out with any specific questions. GOOD LUCK.....I love sixth grade!

      • May 21, 2017 11:32am

        Hey Melissa! I made a similar shift my third year teaching from kindergarten to sixth grade and I loved it. I still incorporated a lot of activities from kindergarten such as energizers, chants, and incentive based management systems. I found the huge difference other than content to be that students can focus for more extended periods of time. I started by telling the class I was a former kindergarten teacher so they would have to bear with me, but I really just read the room to see the strategies that did and did not work. Overall I believe the experience in kindergarten allowed me to be a more engaging teacher.