Are you teaching the grade/subject you originally intended?

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  1. eternalsaudade

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    Are you currently teacher the subject and/or grade level that you originally wanted to teach? Is there a grade level or subject you expected to hate that you ended up enjoying? Or perhaps one that you expected to love but ended up not liking so much after all?


    My Answer: I started off teaching two-year-olds and toddlers and was certain that I didn't want to work with kids any older than that. Then I taught in a home daycare setting with several older preschool age students and really enjoyed my 4-5 year olds. Now I am teaching 3rd-5th graders and while I don't think it is my ideal, I am enjoying a lot more than I expected, I love being able to hold conversations with my students. I am still very wary of older students- I will have to do an 8-week placement in either a middle or high school for my SPED license and I am terrified at the prospect. :unsure:

    So, what about you guys?
     
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    Short answer is no. I always wanted to teach 3rd or 4th grade, nothing lower then maybe 2nd grade, nothing higher then 6th grade.

    Life happened & I ended up working day care instead of subbing. My 1st teaching job was K. When my P asked me to move to 3rd, I thought he was crazy. He told me to give him a good reason not to try it, I couldn't & loved it. When he asked me to loop to 4th, I was able to give him reasons why I didn't want to go to 4th. It's actually how I ended up teaching 2nd for a year.

    My current P sees me as a lower elementary teacher. I'm hoping to teach something other then K next year!


    When asked which is my favorite: K or 3rd, my response is I like them both. It's like comparing apples to oranges.
     
  4. waterfall

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    I am now. I'm actually even in my favorite grade level. However I started off as a k-5 sped teacher. I really wanted to be a classroom teacher and I did NOT want to teach higher than third grade. I essentially took the job because it was late summer and my only option. I ended up liking it a lot. I still don't think I'd want 4th or 5th graders in a classroom all day, but I enjoyed having them for just parts of the day. I do enjoy being a classroom teacher more, but it wasn't a bad first job at all.
     
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    I wanted to teach ESL but instead, ended up as a regular elem ed teacher. I always wonder what if.....? Too old to switch tracks now..
     
  6. mopar

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    I'm not. I actually started my career teaching the extra subjects and grades I wanted to teach. I LOVED it! But there were other factors to the environment that caused me to switch schools. I think I've taught grade K-high school now and most core subjects to boot. The strange thing: I've enjoyed them all.
     
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    Nope. I wanted high school biology. Last year I taught 3rd-8th grade science, biology and physics. Don't know what I'll have this year, hoping they at least take away the 3rd-5th graders! I'm just not good with the little uns.
     
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    Yes. I wanted to teach lower elementary, and I'm teaching grade 1. I taught grade 3 for a year and LOVED it, and I taught grade 6 for a year and survived it.
     
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    I'm teaching exactly the subject and grade level that I wanted.
     
  10. geoteacher

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    Not even close. I started out teaching preschool. My goal was to teach kindergarten ... and now I'm in 8th grade!
     
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    I aimed for junior high and student taught in 7th grade. That being said, I am so happy teaching seniors!
     
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    YES! I've always known (since 2nd grade, actually) that I'd end up teaching 2nd grade!

    I taught 1st grade my first year teaching, 2nd grade for the next five years, then got "bumped' to middle school last year. Thankfully, a 2nd grade position opened up this year, so I jumped on it!
     
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    I am! In my college classes anytime we had to design lesson plans/units, I always wrote mine for 2nd grade. It was my goal. My first job out of college was teaching 4th grade, which I loved, but after 4 years took a job teaching 2nd grade. I'm now in my 4th year of 2nd grade, and love it too! I've always thought that my niche is 2nd, 3rd, 4th grade. I could very happily teach any of those three, but I probably wouldn't be happy teaching anything younger or older.
     
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    I had no clue what I wanted to teach. Even when I was almost done at the univeristy, I still had no clue what I wanted to teach and even thought about continuing to get a degree in another field such as math or science. (didn't end up doing that).

    I ended up teaching kinder, 5th, and math resource.

    Now, due to lack of jobs, I'm a para--- DEFINITELY not what I expected. While the pay is pretty lousy, it's not a horrible job. Pretty laid back, fast paced, and a TON of freedom. I also pretty much get whatever I ask for in regards to supplies, so that's nice.
     
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    Not really. I am teaching at the grade level that I enjoy, but I'm not teaching the subject I prefer. I teach ELD and CAHSEE English. Teaching CAHSEE is the hardest job in the world! The content can be dry at times. You also deal with the lowest performing students and the students with behavior contracts. I really enjoy my ELD class, so that makes up for 80 minutes of horror. I must say though, it is rewarding when they pass. My dream would be to teach Senior English.
     
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    I wanted to teach English. Now I love teaching math and actually chose it over English when given the choice a few months ago.
     
  17. Go Blue!

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    No. I have always wanted to teach high school but have taught either 6 & 7 or 7 & 8 grade every year since my first (when I only taught 7). Middle school is not for me.
     
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    No, thank God.
    I wanted to teach kindergarten. And then I was a sub!
    Still not happy in 5th (although it is more my team than my kids). Happy to be moving down to 2nd in a week and a half! I've wanted 2nd or 3rd for a while now!
     
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    :rofl:

    Okay...Good Story: So I briefly worked in Pre-K as an assistant, did aide work in 3rd grade, and student taught 2nd grade. I spent my first year teaching in 3rd again.

    I swore I would NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER go to middle school. In fact, I hid my middle school endorsements on my resume cause I was scared some principal was gonna put me in 2nd or 3rd and then suddenly move me up. I was, after all, a bona fide early childhood teacher.

    Now I teach 6th grade SPED. :lol:

    I'm LOVIN' it!!!! I do imagine I will float back to intermediate someday...3rd and 4th is my heart. But it was not what I thought it would be. I'll probably never do K-2 again. After 6th, I have no patience for the littlest people. They can't do anything. :p
     
  20. AndreGreen

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    No, currently I am teaching 3rd Grade. My intended grade was Kindergarten or 1st Grade. I LOVE 3rd Grade, but the testing is annoying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    I am teaching first grade right now which I really like. I have taught at least some in every grade up to eighth except fourth. I have liked them all in some way or another. I never had a set grade I wanted to teach when I went through for my credential. I had more experience in the upper grades to start with and was thinking I preferred that until I got switched to first and found out I really liked it.
     
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    No... I don't know that I ever had in mind exactly what I wanted to teach beyond the elementary age group, but I would never have dreamed being at two different schools teaching grade three English to Immersion, grade four French, K-2 Physical Education, Grade 3 Science and Social Studies and Grade 4 Math/LA/Personal Development/Career Planning one morning/week.
     
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    I am certified and want to teach middle school. But I am currently teaching 3rd grade at a private school (where I can work outside of my certification) .... i would like to go up a few grades and only teach what I am certified to teach. I have asked the principal and am hoping to get a bit older next year!!!
     
  24. TeacherNY

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    I started out teaching middle school english in a public school. I now have a self-contained special education classroom in a private school. I would someday like to go back and teach english. I used to love teaching novels but none of my students right now can read.
     
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    I was always desperate to teach high school, seeing middle school as a fate worse than death. After my student teaching placement in a middle school, I've never wanted anything else. Luckily, I have a job in one :)
     
  26. teacherintexas

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    The grades I wanted to teach most in college were second, third, and fourth. Nineteen of my twenty years have been in second, third, and fourth.
     
  27. eternalsaudade

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    That is interesting, I am glad it worked out for you! Truth be told, I don't really spend any time around middle schoolers so it's quite possible they are much less terrifying than I imagine. I loved teaching two-year-olds but man, it also sure is nice to have kids that are fairly self-sufficient!
     
  28. FourSquare

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    I think it all depends on your school culture. Also, it matters whether the 6-8 is a separate middle school or part of a K-5 building.

    I'm all about the self-sufficiency. I hated having to teach every little routine to my 2nd graders....this is how you walk...this is how you sit in a chair...this is how you blow your nose...:| My 6th graders have some...sense. They're definitely not perfect, but they've been in school long enough to mellow out and generally know what's expected of them.

    That being said, old kids gotta be sold on whatever you're doing. I miss my little kids thinking I'm the world's greatest Everything. :p They were really excited no matter what. And they believed everything I said. :wub:
     
  29. yellowdaisies

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    I flip flopped a lot during college. I was working in after school programs - started out in 2nd, wanted to do that forever. Moved to 4th and 5th, wanted to do that forever. I did, however, always say that I never wanted to go below 2nd EVER. I said I wanted 2nd-4th. I student taught in 6th (liked it more than I expected but could NEVER see myself there) and 2nd (LOVED the age), and still though I'd end up in 2nd-5th. I thought I didn't want to deal with the neediness of the K and 1st grade babies.

    Then last spring after I graduated in December I got a job working with 1st graders in an after school program. I fell in love. I got the 1st grade job at my current school because the hiring committee thought I seemed best suited for primary. I absolutely ADORE my 1st grade babies!!! I had no idea how much I'd love this grade - boy, was I pleasantly surprised! It is definitely a TOUGH grade level - teaching them to read, teaching them to add and subtract, teaching them how to get along with each other, how to behave as a student, etc etc etc - EVERYTHING is new (yes, not as new as kinder, I realize, but still new!) Turns out I just love it. They are so excited to learn - the littlest things motivate them, and they just love school and love their teacher. They are just a joy to work with.

    I just think it's so funny how things turn out sometimes! I ended up exactly where I was meant to be, I know that! Who knows if I'll teach 1st forever but I have no plans on moving any time soon if I don't have to!
     
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    I had always wanted to be a kindergarten teacher as far back as I could remember. When I was in college all my plans and activities that we had to do were for kinder. Then I subbed for an art class that was kinder all day. I decided that I didn't want anything to do with kinder ever again. My first job was actually a sped position. Then my next year I did teach kinder. This will be my 4th year in first grade and I love it. I don't think I want to teach kinder ever again. I wouldn't mind teaching some middle school at some point but for now I am very very happy teaching first grade.
     
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    Nope!

    I wanted to teach high school English, specifically 11th and 12th grades. I even got my MA in American and British literature since that went with junior & senior English.

    I lost my job after 2 years due to staff cuts, but was given a job at the middle school. I didn't even know I could teach middle school with my degree.

    My intentions were to return to the high school as soon as a position opened. Sure enough, they called me to offer me a job at the high school . . . ten years later.

    By that time I had fallen in love with 7th graders.
     
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    No, I assumed I'd teach history...specifically ancient history to seventh graders. While I student taught history, I never did teach it as a certified teacher. I am thriled about where I've been in the classroom and where I am now.
     
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    Originally I wanted to be an elementary art teacher. But then I did some tutoring in special ed and loved it. I thought I wanted elementary special ed, but I worked with young adults with severe special needs and LOVED it. Right now I'm in ES high school, and I was terrified, but again, I love it. So High School on for me, and I would have NEVER said that in college.
     
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    Yes! I always wanted to teach 2nd grade,
     
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    I am teaching the subject I always wanted to teach, but I actually planned on being a high school teacher. I just discovered the position that I have and thought, "Hey, middle school might be for me!" I think it has been a perfect fit so far. I really enjoy it!
     

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