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I'm moving from 1st grade to 4th...any advice?

May 15, 2013 11:59pm

I have taught early childhood for three years; for next school year I will be teaching 4th. My experience is very limited in upper grades, I'm looking for any advice on how to transition from teaching early childhood to upper grades. Any advice is welcomed, THANKS!

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    • May 18, 2013 7:52am

      I made a similar transition a few years ago, and have been so grateful for it ever since. One important piece of advice is to get them writing from day one. It's important that they are comfortable with the writing process as from what I've witnessed, it's a large jump in expectations from 3rd to 4th. I have them create a writing journal that we add to each week. Sometimes it's personal narratives, or perhaps it's more formal writing. It's amazing to see the changes in their writing abilities over the course of the year, all in one place.

      Good luck in the fourth grade!

      • May 19, 2013 7:50pm

        Hello Lillian,
        I have moved from grade to grade over a span of 25 years. My last jump was from first to fifth. My advice to you would be to meet with a fourth grade teacher at your school and see if you can set up a time to observe his/her class. You will want to see the students in action and how the teacher interacts with them. I love teaching the intermediate grades. I'm sure you will love it too. Best of luck!

        • May 23, 2013 10:35pm

          What Paula said is so true! The students are really starting to read in order to learn, instead of learning how to read. There is a lot of focus on the content areas and the difference for me was that I had to start teaching to the OAA test (Ohio state test, which begins in 3rd grade). I previously taught 2nd grade and so going from 2nd to 4th was a big transition, as the students do not take standardized tests in 2nd grade. I loved 2nd grade because the students are still so young and enthralled with their teacher, with school, and with learning! I enjoy 4th grade because the students are a lot more independent, and I enjoy getting into the more difficult subject matter in regards to reading (chapter books especially). I am moving to 3rd grade next year, so I feel as though that will be the perfect age for me!