I am in the process of applying for teaching positions within the school districts near me. My preference is to teach grades 2nd through 5th. I have always steered away from middle school grades simply because that is a tough age to work with. But, I thought I would get your opinions on how you feel about working with middle school students. Is it much of a difference from elementary (5th grade)? I am only eligible to teach 6th so that would be the grade. Is the work load similar? I would appreciate your input. Thank you!