Hello 6th grade teachers!

Discussion in 'Sixth Grade' started by Mrs.Gould, Jul 24, 2007.

  1. kcjo13

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    Hi all...I'm just getting around to posting on this board, although I have been posting on AtoZ for a long time now.

    This is my third year teaching, all in self-contained sixth grade. I teach all subjects, although we finally got an art teacher so I don't have to do that anymore, thank goodness. I love my job immensely-every time someone asks me what I do, and I say teach sixth grade, they give me that look-you know, ooh, ouch, how can you stand those little hormone havens all day long. But I find them amazing-like overgrown first graders. They love to be simultaneously treated like sophomores and second graders-it's so much fun!

    I usually have small classes, because our school K-12 only has around 215 students. Last year I had 6, but I've doubled this year to 12. Perfect!

    Love this board-I rely on the people here a lot. Good to meet y'all!

    kcjo
     
  2. MrsLilHen

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    What a great way to put it!
    :)
     
  3. mitten

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    I really hope I'm not hijacking this link (my forum etiquette is non-existent). Anyway, I could potentially be a fellow 6th grade teacher in the next 10 days. I've interviewed for 6th grade positions with two different districts. My problem is that I may have to teach a 30 minute science or social studies lesson for my last interview. (I've already taught a language arts lesson and that went well.) Does anyone have any good/relatively quick hands-on lessons that would help me spark some ideas?
     
  4. MrsLilHen

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    mitten,
    You could do a map activity for social studies (students make a map). Will you be teaching admins? students? teachers? I haven't taught science for a while (but will this year) and I'm trying to think of a quick lesson. Do you know what the science units are in the districts?
     
  5. DOBY

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    I'm new!

    Hi, everyone. It feels good to know I will be sharing ideas with all my fellow 6th grade teahers. I am glad to find you all. This is my second year teaching 6th grade. I survived my first year and I am looking forward to this school year and with you my fellow 6th graders to share ideas with, I am thinking it will be a year lot easier.
     
  6. DOBY

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    Science topics

    Hi Mitten I think you can research on any science topics and choose one you are comfy with and teach. Density is my favorite to teach. You can research on that, going further to carry out an experiment on that will be a bonus if time permits. Good luck to you.
     
  7. WaveRider

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    Help

    Hi Everyone,

    This will be very first year teaching ever, well at least professionally speaking. I have done long term subbing and student teaching, but all in the primary grades. This will be my first experience in the upper grades. I will be teaching sixth grade as well as seventh grade science. Sixth grade will be pretty much self-contained, but some of it will be as well. I will be working at a catholic school. I will be teaching the sixth graders language arts (spelling/writing/reading), science, and religion. Do you have any suggestions for classroom rules and consequences as well as ideas for the first week of school?

    Thanks,

    A
     
  8. Mrs.Gould

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    Welcome DOBY and Waverider! We're glad to have you here! When do you start back to school?
     
  9. WaveRider

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    Hi,

    Thanks for the warm welcome. The kids come back after labor day. I go back for meetings the week of the 28th!:)
     
  10. Ms.AD1

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    Hi everyone!
    I have been teaching 6th grade for 4 years now (but have had 2 consecutive years of maternity leave, as we have 12 months mat leave in Canada..I have a 23 month old and 11 month old!) I am very much looking forward to returning to the classroom! This website and forum has a plethora of ideas...many of which I plan to use!! Our school returns on Sept 4, I am hoping to get into my classroom on Friday to get started on my August set- up.
    Have most schools begun the year in the U.S? Almost all schools here in Ontario begin the day after the Labour Day weekend, and let out at the end of June.
    Happy teaching/planning everyone! Thanks for letting me introduce myself!
     
  11. Ms.AD1

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    Oops...by the way, my name is Amy. Now I feel a bit silly for forgetting my name in my intro!
     
  12. DOBY

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    Thanks Mrs. Gould

    Thanks, Mrs. Gould. Buy Back Day begins on the 27th. Students are expected back on the 4th of September. I look forward to meeting them all.
     
  13. Mrs.Gould

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    Welcome to A to Z and especially the 6th grade board! Just have to tell you that I love your name. Of course, I'm a bit biased since it's my name too! :lol:
     
  14. Mr. D.

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    Well, tomorrow is the first day with the kids and I'm pumped. I don't think I'll be sleeping much tonight. This is my 14th year in 6th grade. It's my first year on this forum so I look forward to sharing ideas and learning from other sixth grade teachers this year.
     
  15. Ms.AD1

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    Mr. D I hope you're having a very successful 1st day of school! Can't wait to hear how the day went!
    Amy
     
  16. Mr. D.

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    Aug 22, 2007

    It was a great day aside from the heat. The temp. in Cincinnati reached 100 degrees today and we aren't air conditioned. Needless to say, we took things slowly, ate a lot of popsicles and drank a lot of water. The rest of the week is suppose to be in the low hundreds as well. Putting the weather aside, it was a fantastic start to the year. I love my class and know this will be a special year. Amy, enjoy your final 2 weeks of summer!
    Bryan
     
  17. bigcat

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    Hey....it's been several weeks since I've been here. I've been in school with the kids since Aug 1...and so far so good. I think I love this age group. I always say...ask me at Christmas time..heehee. I was soooo nervous this summer about whether or not I could handle 6th graders or not....and guess what......I'm doing it. I am so proud of myself. This is my 3rd year teaching and my classroom management is going good. I'm jumping for joy!!!!!!!! I had 1st graders my 1st year....wow....that was a year. I like this age much better. I've just had a time with figuring out how to teach Reading and English in 55 minutes....but I think I have it now.....so...we'll see. I have great support from my block of teachers....they have helped so much. I think I may have found my "niche". I wish this for all of you!!!!!:hugs: :hugs:
     

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