Which grade would you rather teach and why?

Discussion in 'General Education' started by AspieWoman1989, Oct 26, 2021.

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Which grade would you rather work with?

  1. Kindergarten

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  2. 1st

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  3. 2nd

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  4. 3rd

    12.5%
  5. 4th

    25.0%
  6. 5th

    12.5%
  7. Middle school 6-8th

    62.5%
  8. High school 9-12th

    12.5%
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  1. AspieWoman1989

    AspieWoman1989 Rookie

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    For me I would rather work with students under 5th grade; so about 3rd grade and under because I enjoy working with the younger kids. It’s so much fun but it takes a lot of Patience!
     
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  3. Tired Teacher

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    I have taught all grades, but the bulk of my time was in grades 2-4. I love 3rd, but 4th graders are so much more mature. They already know how to read and write hopefully. They are not yet at an age that they hate the teacher (usually grade 6 from my experience only).
     
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  4. LaFish

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    I love teaching kindergarten. I taught K-3 in schools and volunteered at summer camps with 13-15 yr olds. After hearing all the drama with teens, I looked forward to the little ones in the fall.
     
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    I prefer 2nd and 3rd. I really enjoy teaching kids to read, but first graders are still so needy that I prefer the two grades I just mentioned. Otherwise, I would say first.
     
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  6. Pi-R-Squared

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    My best years teaching math were in 6th grade. I taught at a 6-8 middle school so the 6th graders were babies in the building.... I teach HS math now but would love to go back to teaching 6th grade!
     
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  7. TeacherNY

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    I teach non-graded special education.
     
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  8. AspieWoman1989

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    Oh non graded?
     
  9. MrTempest

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    Come on, the secret is to teach 12th graders. First, you can have occasionally had an intellectually challenging discussion with your class. By the time their cohort has weeded out a lot of the "turds" as they have matured, dropped out, been kicked out, or been incarcerated. Furthermore, the students see the light at the end of the tunnel and it is usually easy to remotivate them with that fact.
     
  10. Muffymay

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    I'm retired now, but 4th grade was my love! Forty-two years teaching fourth-graders!
     
  11. Ima Teacher

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    8th grade & 12th grade

    7th & 11th aren’t bad

    I like older kids. Elementary is not for me.
     
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    That’s cool. Everyone is different. Just like I prefer the younger kids and working with middle/high school isn't for me. I’ll try it but I prefer younger kids.
     
  13. AspieWoman1989

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    That’s amazing!! ☺️☺️
     
  14. waterfall

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    3rd is my favorite. They are more mature and independent but they still generally like school, really look up to their teachers still, etc. And they're finally "putting everything together" that they've learned in the younger grades.
     
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    12th great but lots of letters of rec requested. 11th has waaay too much testing for my taste. middle school ...did it for a bit. Wow. My partner teachers pulled me through every time. Middle school and K teachers all have special places in the after world - next to saints. 9th grade is fun but there's usually one or two (or more) that still think they're in middle, so yeah - 12th really is my fav. Once upon a time I student taught K. Came home and cried every day. Also, they are a tad too sticky for me. But they are much more curious than 11th graders. Most of them are little scientists.
     
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  16. whizkid

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    High School
     
  17. readingrules12

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    I couldn't agree more. 3rd is my favorite too. Their love of learning, respect for teachers, and being independent makes them a joy to teach.
     
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  18. TeacherNY

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    Our school groups students by age/ability so our classrooms are not graded.
     
  19. vickilyn

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    For me, it is easier to state what grades I HATE teaching: K & 1! I can only tie so many shoes, and wipe so many runny noses. Once they reach second grade, I'm OK with them at any age. Preschool handicap classes usually only have half days, low number of students in the class, and lots of aides, so oddly enough, I'm OK with them. In elementary, I like third and up, and middle school and high school have the benefits of students in subject matter courses and traditionally they change classes throughout the day, so the day seems to go a little faster which can be a blessing, or not, depending on what you are trying to get done.. I will only teach math in lower elementary grades, but I love MS students, although some SPED classes at that age range can try your patience. In HS, I love to teach biology and environmental science. I will teach ESL and SPED classes at the HS level, but I find that these courses tend to have students who lack faith in their abilities, so they can, and often do act out.
     
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  20. Backroads

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    I always saw myself teaching upper elementary, but my career has found me in lower. I enjoy it, but one day I may change things up.
     
  21. happygirl444

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    I could see myself teaching kindergarten or second. I love my first graders and there is something magical about that age. I would love to teach in a play-based kindergarten or alternative school like Charlotte Mason at any grade level.
     
  22. miss-m

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    Not gonna lie, this thread triggered a little bit of an existential crisis because I realized I don't really want to teach ANY grade. So that's been fun.

    I've taught 1st through 3rd and enjoyed them all for different reasons. I definitely do better with slightly older kids because I like the more in-depth conversations and thinking that happens. The lack of problem solving ability in early grades is a major frustration for me.
     
  23. Nico

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    All levels seem to have their pros and cons. K thru 6 the kids seem great and tons of fun. Middle school not sure the benefits but the kids are starting to think more critically so that must be nice. HS has more maturity and more ability to hold meaningful conversations. For me however I am looking into HS which is where I am currently finishing my clinical practicum so soon will have my first classroom!
     
  24. teacherguy111

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    I've only taught 7th grade and 4th grade. The bulk in 4th grade ELA. I like that they are relatively independent and also don't have an attitude etc yet. But it's also hard because I have kids who can read anything and kids who still can't read. Tough having both. I just got the special ed license and would maybe like to try older kids with that.
     
  25. Nico

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    Yes, that would be a huge challenge. I am in my clinical practicum now and have actauly run into varying degrees for reading levels and it difficult to navigate. I could image that with EL's and having hugs differences. That would be a challenge.
     

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