What is your favorite grade level to teach and why?

Summer - posted on 09/30/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I am going back to college in January to finish a degree in education, but I am torn between early childhhod and middle level. I started my degree in accounting, but soon realized it was just too boring and stressful and inflexible for me so I did a no-no and took a break from school. It turned into a long break...lol. Three kids later I now have the opportunity to go back to school, and I am very certain that I want to finish my degree in education. My oldest child is in 2nd grade, and I love helping with his homework and his studying and volunteering for things in this class and at the school that is why I lean toward early childhood. However I really love math especially algebra, so that is why I am also leaning toward middle level. My aunt teaches 8th grade english, and that is her favorite grade. She said the younger classrooms were just too loud for her. I don't know what to do, but I need to make a decision soon. Any advice?

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Alina - posted on 10/05/2009

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I'm a substitute teacher right now - and look forward to the day I get to start school to be a teacher. I think this is a great opportunity for me to get a handle on deciding what I want to do so I'm not sitting in your same dilema. If you have a chance to talk to your nearby school district and get approved to substitute - see if you can do it. I thought elementary would be my instant gratification to my soul - and high school my immediate aversion - but I've loved High School and 1st graders were great, but I don't know if I have that much energy left in me any more. God Bless you Kinder and 1st grade teachers!

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Angel - posted on 10/07/2009

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I teach pre school 3 and 4 yrs are still sweet and cute not so argumentative.And I love all the hugs it helps when you miss your own kids. GOOD LUCK!

Samantha - posted on 10/06/2009

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Your background sounds similar to mine. I love math and have tutored middle school thru college level math classes. However, I teach Head Start - a federal program for preschoolers, ages 3, 4, and 5. I am 33 and just finished my teaching degree in May (it's now required for Head Start teachers in Arizona to be certified just like a K-12 teacher). I love the little ones and my hours aren't as long as a primary teacher. That also means I don't make as much (but not by a whole lot), but I'd rather have the extra time with my 13 month old son. When you do your interning and student teaching, you'll get a better idea of what you like. Good luck and congrats on going back to school.

Summer - posted on 10/06/2009

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Thank you Shahina. Algebra was my absolute favorite subject. I even tutored in algebra after school. I am leaning toward middle level education (4-8).

Shahina - posted on 10/06/2009

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TEACHING IS THE NEXT BEST THING AFTER RAISING YOUR OWN CHILD. IF YOU LOVE KIDS ITS THE BEST. AS FOR WHAT LEVEL, IT DEPENDS ON YOUR CHOICE.
SINCE YOU LOVE ALGEBRA,I SUGGEST YOU GO IN FOR TEACHING IT TOO.
I AM A MATH TEACHER TOO AND HAVING WORKED AT VARIOUS LEVELS FOR LAST 22 YEARS, I LOVE THE 6-8 GRADE GROUPS THE BEST BUT OLDER GROUPS PROVIDE YOU THE JOB SATISFACTION WHEN THEY DO WELL IN COMPETITIVE/ PUBLIC EXAMS. GOOD LUCK.

Summer - posted on 10/05/2009

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Sounds kind of ideal Amber. Thanks for the comment. I am leaning in that direction.



Alina I am currently a stay at home mom of 3 boys (7, 2, & 2), so I only have childcare available to me on Fridays unfortunately. Do you know if school districts accept substitutes with that kind of restriction? I'd love to sub. I honestly don't know why I haven't looked into that before now. Thanks for the suggestion.

Amber - posted on 10/05/2009

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I teach 4th grade and I wouldn't trade for it! The students are old enough to expand on concepts and they are not at the concrete stage for the most part.They think more on the higher Bloom's level so that projects are able to be visual as well as content savy. BUT you are still able to themed units and decorate for seasons/holidays. But most of all they still love their teacher and will look up to you, sometimes sassy but some days who aren't...

Debbie - posted on 10/01/2009

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right now I teach 2nd but I would say my favorite grade is 3rd. 3rd graders haven't hit the "hormornal stage". BUt they aren't "babies" either and are more independent.

Jolandie - posted on 10/01/2009

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i am teaching gr R and i love it because 6 year old children are so eager to learn and there is so much that they want's to know.

Emma - posted on 10/01/2009

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It's a personnal thing I think! I love the babies & pre schoolers. I'm in the UK & before the age of about 4 there's not that much to do except toddler groups or more expensive things, not much that's learning & fun! I find the older kids louder & more argumentative! I'm not calm enough to deal with that day in day out with more than my own kids!!!

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