Hello 4th Grade! I am so excited to announce that I will be teaching 4th grade in the fall. The process of returning to the classroom after moving across country has been a long one. The daunting hurdle of reciprocity was finally achieved at the beginning of the year.
Then came the applications and interviews. My area is saturated with teachers looking for positions after a local district laid off teachers due to budget cuts. There simply not enough positions for us all. I have taught grades 3-6 and been a substitute in PK-11. However, my heart has always been in 4th grade. Why?
About 4th Grade
There is something magical about DOUBLE DIGITS! Watching a child celebrate this milestone is always one of my favorites. Fourth Graders still love school, they are eager to learn, want to discuss their learning, and aren’t afraid to take risks. Double digits mean they are big kids now! However, they still love to celebrate holidays and seasons. It is all of the little kid fun with the capabilities of a big kid.
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Preparing for Fall
My family and I moved across country and brought with us the bare minimum. This means that despite my experience, I will be walking into the classroom just like a brand new teacher. I have a limited budget to invest in my room and a limited time do it in. There are a lot of decisions to be made.
- What do I need to have prepared and completed by Backpack Night (aka Meet the Teacher)?
- What do I need to have prepared and ready by the first day of school?
- What can I purchase throughout the year inorder to limit my upfront costs?
- How can I make my room warm and inviting without breaking the bank?
- What does my district expect of me?
- What do I need to do to organize the curriculum materials provided?
- What do I need to put off purchasing until Year 2? Year 3?
- How can I ensure my students and I will be successful?
I am sure that I will have more questions and decisions to make as the summer continues.