5th Grade is Middle School?

Discussion in 'Fifth Grade' started by diana, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. diana

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    I came across a job posting for a 5th grade teacher that took me by surprise because it's for a middle school. I have never seen a middle school that included 5th grade. (Growing up, however, I did go to an elementary school that included 6th grade. :D)

    Is this becoming a new trend?
     
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  3. MissJill

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    I'm not used to it either, but I am a 5th grade teacher in a middle school. I only teach math and language arts.
     
  4. diana

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    That's interesting. Did you need endorsements in math and LA, or was an elementary teaching certificate sufficient?
     
  5. Lynn K.

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    I don't know that I agree with the idea. I spend an entire year getting kids ready for middle school: staying organized, being responsible for assignments, changing classes, etc. I don't think my students would be successful if they were in a middle school setting.
     
  6. Mr. Fifth

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    Our Middle School...

    is a 4-7 building. The 6/7 graders follow one schedule. The 4/5 graders follow another. We have 8 of each level. My fifth graders have one teacher for LA and one for math/science/ss. Truly we are still elementary with the benefits of the "bigness" of having a full sized gym, a planetarium, a pool, and great specials such as music, art, PE, swimming, library, family and consumer sciences, study skills, and computer. I love it there...it great teaching on a team...I would never want to go back!
     
  7. Bumble

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    We're on the middle school floor, but are still self contained.
     
  8. Beth2004

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    Fifth grade is in the middle school at my school. It's typically very tough for them at the beginning of the year going from a self-contained 4th grade to having four teachers and lockers. For three years I taught only ELA and was required to get a middle school English (5-8) teaching license in addition to my elementary license even though that qualified me for grades 1-6.

    This year we switched to a more elementary departmentalized model, though. We will have two person teams and the students will have one teacher for ELA/social studies and another for science/math. We're hoping that will make it more of a transition year for the kids.
     
  9. iheart5thgrade

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    I teach fifth grade in a middle school (5-8).

    The kids have 6 classes (including PE) with 6 different teachers.

    In fourth grade, they are completely self-contained. So they go from completely self-contained, to completely departmentalized PLUS they have lockers now.

    Needless to say, the first nine weeks is hectic trying to teach the kids how middle school works. I don't mind fifth grade being at the middle school, but I do wish that the elementary school fourth grade teachers would departmentalize so that the kids could get used to switching classes before they come to middle school.
     

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