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Advice for a first time 1st Grade teacher

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  • LaurenL
    Classroom Teacher
    1st Grade
    Maryland
  • July 19, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    What advice do you have for a first time 1st grade teacher, that has previously taught 3rd grade? (management, centers, organization, any classroom advice)

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  • Classroom Teacher
    Elementary School
    New Jersey
  • July 21, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Spend the first few days going over procedures (including classroom rules) again and again – the kids will get used to them and it will make for a smooth rest of the year.
    Introduce centers one at a time to the whole class and spend some time working on each one – my kids generally don’t do centers independently until late October.

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  • Classroom Teacher
    1st Grade
    Maryland
  • July 21, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks @mrsm1a

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  • Classroom Teacher
    1st Grade
    Teaching since: 1998
    Illinois
  • August 4, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    I can understand how you feel because I had to transition some years ago from 2nd to K. I teach first now, but one thing you need to keep in mind is that they are not 3rd graders. They are way below what you are used to so don’t up the academics so much. They are just getting out of kindergarten and may still be functioning there initially. Study your First grade curriculum and also look at what K has done or is doing in your building to get a feel for what they need to know and how you can adjust. Best wishes to you!

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