Help! Should I teach 5th Grade Reading or Math?

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  1. TallaTeach

    TallaTeach New Member

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    Help! I have the awesome opportunity to choose which subject I want to teach in a departmentalized 5th grade school. My dilema is that I have been a 2nd grade teacher since I started teaching 2 years ago. My questions is...for a novice (who doesn't want to make huge mistakes), which subject is easier/transitional math or reading? Thanks for your input.
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  3. dizzykates

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    Hmm...well I think you may be openning a can of worms by asking which is "easier", but I'll assume you meant no harm. :)

    I am a reading specialist, so for me, obviously reading would be simpler to teach. However, math (depending on the curriculum) can be very straight forward and make planning a breeze. Reading may require you to seek out text, plan more diliberately for a challenged reader, or create more of your own lessons. Math comes with a lot of grading, reading may not since you could test your students with DIBLES or short answer questions.

    I guess you should consider which area you feel most confident and go with it. As long as you enjoy the content area, you will enjoy your job. Best of luck!
     
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    These would be required if teaching math as well, unless one simply follows the textbook page by page. Neither is easier; both come with specific challenges. You could choose the one you feel most comfortable with (for me, math) or the one you are least comfortable with to give yourself the opportunity to grow. (No help, I know).
     
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    You should choose what you are most comfortable with...every person is different. My heart wants to scream "pick math!" to you, but you might be better at teaching reading.......think about which one you can make "the most visual" to the kids and which one you can make the most exciting. Look over the standards for both, and think about how you would teach each. Which do you think you can handle the best?
     
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    Which subject do you feel more comfortable teaching?
     
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    I teach math and LOVE it. Math needs LOTS of visuals and must be hands- on. I have a curriculum but I still have to use other resources to make hands on. There aren't as many GOOD resources out there as there are for reading. Trust me I have looked. I like math because it is a passion of mine. I hate for kids to hate math so it is my goal for them to love it when they leave. Anyways, I am babbling. Which one do you like better? Which one are you more passionate by? Which one can you be really creative in?
     
  8. TallaTeach

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    Yes, I guess I did open that can of worms but by now I know that effective teaching is NOT "easy". I just meant to say which one would be the right one for me, seeing as that this would be my first time teaching 5th grade. But you guys are all right, I have to do the subject I personally enjoy. I love reading but being as that English is not my first language I struggled with Language Arts. Thank You so much for your opinions!:)
     
  9. summersun61

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    Reading!! Definitely!!
     
  10. Cheyenne

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    How wonderful to be given a choice. Wish we could departmentalize, but I know I would struggle with the decision, too. :)You've been given such great advice, to which I can add nothing, but I was wondering...have you made a decision? :)
     
  11. noreenk

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    Have you looked at the curriculum for both math and reading in 5th? If you have a strong math background, teaching math will be easy and your 2nd grade experience will help you serve students performing below level. In 5th we have standardized tests in both, and for reading we spend an annoying amount of time teaching strategies for the test - coming from 1st/2nd myself, that was a HUGE adjustment... and nothing like what I had done in primary. Don't make a decision without looking at what you'll be teaching first.
     
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    I teach both, but I prefer math. I struggled with math as a student so it helps me relate to my struggling students. You should teach whichever one you are comfortable with. I agree that looking at your standards would help in making your decision.
     

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