My guest blogger today is Colleen Phillips. She has been my best friend since the first grade and I love how we both ended up in the teaching profession. We are also both moving up to older grades this year so we are having similar apprehensions. She is a kind and patient soul and does amazing work with her little kiddos. Enjoy her take on moving to the 4th grade!
Hello! My name is Colleen and I will be guest blog posting for Ryann this week! Ryann and I grew up together and have known each other since the impressionable age of six. We did everything together growing up; from playing Barbie dolls to playing soccer and graduating high school. I am honored to be able to share a little bit about myself and my teaching experience on her blog this week.
I am currently a teacher in an elementary school and have taught 2nd grade for the last two years. I also student taught in 2nd grade at the same school, so sliding into the same grade level when I was done with my program made the transition to being on my own go really smoothly. I loved teaching 2nd grade. However, my original sights were aimed on the intermediate grades. So, this year, I am moving to 4th grade. I am so excited to get the opportunity to teach slightly older kids while still staying at the same school. I will have another great team to work with like I did before, and I will already know some of the kids from when I had them two years ago. However, as excited as I am, I am also a little nervous because with a new grade level comes new content, standards, and procedures that I will need to teach my kids.
The math standards are what will change the most between 2nd and 4th grade. English language arts standards get more challenging and demanding, but the concepts are generally the same: story elements, author’s purpose, cause and effect, compare and contrast, expository writing, informational writing, etc. However, instead of teaching content such as adding, subtracting, and place value to my students, I will now be teaching them concepts such as division, decimals, and converting fractions to decimals. My hope is that I can still make these more challenging concepts engaging and fun to learn for my students through games, group work, exploration projects, and technology. My class will have their own set chrome books, so I would like to incorporate them into my math lessons as much as possible. I know I will definitely be asking Ryann for ideas about how to do this at multiple points throughout the year! All in all, I am very excited for this coming school year – it is going to be a great new challenge. Thank you for letting me guest post today and share a little bit about myself. Cheers!