Any sixth grade teachers out there?

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Busy bee

I just finished my first year as a 6th grade teacher! However, where I am 6th grade is the last grade in the elementary school. 

I can say I would love tables for science related classes because with any experiments the extra space is nice and they are easier to clean than desks in that case.

Is your style more of a hands on approach or more of  a lecture approach?

I had a couple of tables as well as desks in my classroom. The tables were very handy in language arts for games, reading groups, and class projects.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think you’ll like 6th graders. In contrast to 8th graders, they’re a little more willing to come along on the journey with you, and it doesn’t take as much work to get them to engage in the fun. They aren’t “too cool” yet, which is what I frequently see with 8th graders, but only at first. They will definitely want to do things for themselves though, so give them the space to learn to plan and figure it out for themselves.

Highly recommend tables vs. desks. Easier to teach, keep their focus, and see what’s up in terms of tests and lessons.<br /><br />Congratulations on your job, and best wishes!

Post # 6
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Honey bee

alyssaC:  Hello there! I work at a school (in Colorado actually) and while I am an administrator, I co-teach a 5th and 6th grade art class. I absolutely love working with that age because they are still curious and have some desire to please the teacher.

My only advice is to be prepared to be patient and check out “Teaching with Love and Logic.” It literally changed the way I approach working with kids. It helped avoid power struggles, work with non-compliant children and provided ideas on how to develop meaningful relationships with students (particular troubled kids).

Also, I would suggest tables if you plan on doing a lot of group work. Less moving of dess needed and it makes it easier to share supplies (especially in robotics) and gives more overall space. That’s what I would prefer.

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