Moving to 1st?

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  1. leighbball

    leighbball Virtuoso

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    There might be a position open in 1st grade in my school next year and I am definitely interested, but a little nervous as I have taught K, 2, and 3 but not 1. What do you love about 1st grade? Any difficulties? My students would be coming from a fullday kindergarten, so I think that's a bonus (that they are used to the schedule already). Just curious what you think... :)
     
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  3. swansong1

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    If you have taught K and 2 you won't have any trouble in 1. The students are a little more independent than K. You still need to watch them 24/7 but you will be able to give some independent work while you do reading groups, etc.
     
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    You will love 1
     
  5. love_reading

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    I love first grade. They are generally all excited about learning and the growth you see from beginning of the year to the end is amazing. I was just thinking the other day of how far they have come in reading and writing since the first week of school.
     
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    I agree with what everyone said. I love first grade. My class is high maintenance so I don't get much teacher down time. I think maturity might still be an issue with some first graders.

    I just love them though. They are adorable and the parents have that first year under their belts.

    love_reading: I agree. They have come so far!
     
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    Thanks guys! I hope to talk to my P about it this week :)
     
  8. lemonhead

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    Good luck, Leigh! You would be great having all the experience below that grade and above it.
     
  9. leighbball

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    Thanks lemon :D
     
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    I've taught nothing but 1st and I do love it. It's amazing seeing their growth, especially in reading.

    However, procedures and routines are a must to preserve your sanity!
     
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    I have only taught first. I love it! I can't imagine doing any other grade....but that might because I've employed several workers at Lakeshore, I'm sure.

    It is definitely a lot of work. I honestly believe 1st grade is the most labor-intensive even though I haven't worked any other grades. For some reason, at my school, 1st grade teachers are the first ones at the school and the last ones to leave.
     
  12. Erin Elizabeth

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    Mine too! When I leave at night, the only cars in the lot are the principal's, the night custodian's, and the first grade team's! And I'm usually the first one of us to leave... :blush:
     
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    I love first grade! My students also came from a full day kindergarten, and it is nice that they are familiar with a full day schedule when they get to me! They still aren't as independent as I'd like, but they are very sweet and pretty easily engaged.

    I have to admit I have thought about moving up to 2nd grade at times though...:whistle:
     
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    Thanks everyone for your encouragement and advice! I let my P know I'm interested, so hopefully I willhear something in the near future... :D
     

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