Advice for a new to 4th grade teacher

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  1. stac4742

    stac4742 Rookie

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    May 27, 2007

    Hello Everyone!!

    I am going on my 4th year of teaching, and next school year I'll be moving up to 4th grade from 2nd. I am overwhelmingly excited for a new challenge and a more mature group of kids to work with. I'm very much looking forward to teaching rather than doing crowd control and repeating every direction at least 5 times. Could you please share some advice? I'm in Texas, but I'm sure I can benefit from anyone anywhere :). Thanks!!!
     
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    Good luck with that! I taught 5th grade this year, and I still repeated directions a million time...until I got so tired of it that I made a new rule. I would give directions once, and if they didn't listen, they would need to ask a friend what to do. It was amazing how many kids asked me to repeat directions, but they actually knew what they were supposed to be doing. I guess it was a habit they picked up at home and until I put my foot down, it carried over to the classroom.

    I'm moving to 4th next year. I can't wait. They are eager to learn, and they still think their teachers are wonderful. I liked 5th grade, too, but by the end of the year they had checked out...they thought they were already middle schoolers and I had to really be tough with the discipline to keep them under control.

    Good luck in 4th grade. I'm sure you will love it!!
     
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    Here are some web sites that you might get some ideas from.

    Mrs. Renz towards the bottom of the list has lots of different ideas and activities.
    Fourth and fifth grade Music and Art resources
    http://www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/Tower/1217/arts.html
    Fourth Grade Skills Online for kids
    http://www.internet4classrooms.com/skills_4th.htm
    Fourth Grade-Audrey Fine's Fourth Grade
    http://teacherweb.com/OH/Cleveland/AudreyFine/
    Fourth Grade-Miss Morrow's 4th grade
    http://www.camas.wednet.edu/helenballer/classrooms/smcelroy/index.html
    Fourth Grade-Mrs. McElroys's 4th grade
    http://www.camas.wednet.edu/helenballer/classrooms/smcelroy/index.html
    Fourth Grade-Mrs. Passetto's 4th grade class
    http://www.geocities.com/pass4teach/
    Fourth Grade-Mrs. Quamme' Fourth and Fifth grade
    http://www.myschoolonline.com/site/0,1876,2035-194696-1-86253,00.html
    Fourth Grade-Mrs. Renz's 4th grade class
    http://www.redmond.k12.or.us/patrick/renz/
    Fourth Grade-Room 33's Learning Village (Teri)
    http://homepage.mac.com/tchnteri/Education2.html
     
  5. Ms.Jasztal

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    May 28, 2007

    Mrs. Renz moved schools...
    http://www.redmond.k12.or.us/mccall/renz/

    I saw it and remembered she changed schools this year...

    I wanted to say also that fourth grade is a wonderful year to teach. Make sure you stay organized and get the class involved in all kinds of hands-on and self-guided learning. Model a lot for them at the beginning, and have those procedures shape them into enthusiastic learners.

    The biggest thing about fourth grade is not to let them know when you get upset. This year I did too much of that, especially towards the end of the year because I was getting sort of tired. That hurt my confidence in many ways.... but I know next year I can succeed by (like you) being in my fourth year of teaching and knowing what I truly want to see.
     

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