I recently started teaching again. I am teaching 4th grade at a private school, the two subjects that I am teaching are science, which is a perfect fit and Texas History. I am from Ohio so I guess I will be learning about the history of Texas with my new students. That’s fine, we all need to keep on learning whether it is forced learning or learning that we ourselves have chosen.
My new school is 3 miles away and that is great. I am not sure about teaching at the 4th grade level. I have to slow down. After teaching middle school for so long you forget how the 4th grade mind takes a few more minutes to do everything!
We do have a slight problem in the school where I am now working. They are a school that sells the “theory” that we teach a grade above and that every student that we take can handle this. I’m supposed to be teaching at a fifth grade level in fourth grade. The concept sounds great and some students are ready for this. Here is the problem that I and some other teachers have noticed. The teachers know that some of the students are not at an advanced level but every parent that I have met so far thinks that their kid is a genius. I would say that out of 51 kids, maybe, and that is a big maybe , we have 6 kids who can work ahead and understand and handle advanced work and can get the right notebook out of their cubby when asked.
Its a nice school but it hasn’t been long enough for me to determine if I truly believe that what the school is selling to the parents is true. I will teach to the best of my ability and will see how the year ends up. I hope that I am wrong. I want to see if some of these students catch up and in some cases to watch to see if their parents do appreciate the time that we teachers take in trying to help their student achieve within their expectations. Time will tell and I will tell you what happens.