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3rd grade vs. 4th grade


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I am a teacher at a k-8 school and I am currently teaching 7th and 8th grade science which I love. I was very hesitant when the principal first asked me to take on Science and these grade levels. I have worked in kindergarten and third grade classrooms and loved being with the younger students... I was afraid of the big kids, their attitudes, hormones, etc. but I have found that I love it!! I am able to do so much with them academically and they work well independently. I have recently been offered to teach 3rd or 4th grade. I am familiar with the third grade classroom as I was a teacher's assistant for two years. I am not as familiar with fourth grade . If anyone has taught both grades and can enlighten me on some differences that would be much appreciated. Thanks.


taught both

and there isn't much difference. You might want to check out the curriculum for both grades and see what excites you more.


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3rd and 4th

It really depends on the person, but I can tell you how I feel. I'm a looping teacher, so I've taught 3rd and 4th grades, and had the same group of students for both grades. I absolutely loved teaching 3rd! I thought it was just the group of kids that I had, but I know now that it was the grade. I love the curriculum, the way the students still love me and school, etc... In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I requested to go back down to 3rd and stay there. The "stress" factor (although I don't consider it one) is the state testing in 3rd grade. The "stress" factor in 4th is the state writing test. I don't prefer to teach writing, so that's part of the reason I don't enjoy that grade as much. However, if you like the older kids you might like it. I have colleagues that love 4th and would prefer that grade because they like older kids. Works out great for me! :)