Help! 6th grade interview!

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  1. MrsFrench

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    Hi everyone, I'm new on here, and I love how helpful you all are to each other! I have an interview tomorrow for a 6th grade position in the district I did my student teaching. However, all my experience has been in 1st and 2nd grade (except subbing). 2nd grade is what I REALLY want. However in Michigan it is near impossible to find a job and I'll take whatever I can get! I have to imagine 6th grade is a lot different than 2nd, and all my great ideas are two "young." Also, what do I say when they ask why I don't have any experience with the upper grades?? Any advice would be appreciated!!! Thanks! :)
     
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  3. DNordlander

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    What subject is this particular position for?
     
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    It didn't say.....it was just a general position. However, I'm only certified to teach science in 6-8, unless it's a self-contained classroom.....that's really all I know
     
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    I think that a lot of the ideas that we use in the younger grades can totally be re-done to be appropriate for somewhat older kids. I posted one on Creative Teaching just a few minutes ago. A lot of the ideas in there could be used in 6th grade. And even if it's not math, they can be altered to be used in science (or any other subject). I wouldn't let the fact that most of your experience is with younger kids get you down. Kids of any age are alike in the fact that they all want the same things: a caring teacher, a welcoming and safe environment, structure, to feel accepted, to be challenged academically, and the list goes on. If a question comes up about your experience, I would take it back to these basic needs. I would explain how you are able to offer these things to the kids you teach, regardless of their age. I hope this makes sense. If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask!

    Dana
     
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    MrsFrench- I did my student teaching in grade 6 and I was very nervous because I really wanted 3rd or 4th but to my surprise I now LOVE 6th grade! I actually just got a job here in MI in 6th grade science and social studies so I understand the MI job market just as well as you do. I would say that although you have no expierence with upper elem. you are very excited and willing to take on the challenge. Also say something about how with older students you can really use your science certification to get their interest with some really cool science activities that would not be good for younger students. I would be more than happy to share materials and info with you about grade 6.
    Good Luck!
     
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    Thanks for your help and ideas everyone! What part of MI are you in JD??
     
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    The Ann Arbor area
     
  9. dmbarb

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    I am also from Michigan, and also did my student teaching in 2nd grade. I taught for two years in a district that used me as their K-3 reading specialist. Needless to say, no upper el experience.

    Two years ago, I interviewed for a position in my dream district teaching...you guessed it...sixth grade! I got the position and was very intimidated at first. After I got over my fear and realized they are just big kids, I loved every minute of it. They are amazing, thoughtful, and I love the fact that they know how to line up, tie their shoes, etc. I really like the fact that I can go deeper into curriculum with them. I love sixth grade now and doubt I will be leaving any time soon.

    Overall, in the interview, be energetic. Tell them you are a teacher, and teachers every day adapt to new experiences. Sixth graders are just bigger...you can use most of your tricks with them. Share your willingness to work your butt off and you'll be hired! Don't be nervuos... you'll be great! :D
     

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