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How to decide what grade to teach?


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I am attending college right now to recieve my degree in childhood education. I have not yet started my bachelors program and am a little confused on what grade I should teach. I was thinking about 7th grade math but also remember that my favorite year in school was my third grade class. (as far as elementary school goes) I am doing some observing in a first grade class which makes me think more about being an elementary school teacher. I am looking for any advise that an experienced teacher is willing to give me.
Thank you


The reality is...

you are probably going to teach whatever grade level you get offered.

However, if you want to see if you like elementary or middle school better, why not volunteer with that age group? Any church would jump at the chance to put you to work teaching a SUnday school or CCD class. There's also after-school programs, tutoring, all sorts of opportunities.
Same reality

You will get offered what is available. Each grade has its own challenges and rewards. I've taught Freshmen, Sophomores, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade. I am now in 3rd grade. I love it but I enjoyed high school too. Volunteering to work with students at different age levels will give you a taste of what it might be like. Best of luck to you.


I went through a similar situation many years ago. You have to remember that if you choose Middle Grades or High School you will be teaching the same subject and in some cases the same class throughout the day. Although that definitely has advantages, I couldn't see myself repeating myself throughout the day. Therefore, I chose Early Childhood and I have taught several of the grades. I have taught Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. I currently teach third and it has been a difficult year because I have a challenging class. Good luck to you in your career choice.
Hold two

I hold a degree in Secondary Education (6-12) to teach history and a media specialist certification. I also have an elementary certificate for general elementary K - 9.


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I always thought I'd want to teach the lower grades - until I substituted and student taught. It's amazing how you don't realize what neat things there are in each grade until you're actually in the room with them. I adore 3rd grade, don't get me wrong, but there are other wonderful things about other grades. I taught 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, and college - and there's something neat about each. I'd definitely get in there and observe each grade, and sub if you can - to see what you might like. :)