About Me

When I decided to become a teacher (which seems like a million years ago) I thought I wanted to teach young kids, the younger the better.  I think it was because I was afraid older students would be too difficult to control.  My first experience in a classroom was with second graders.  I loved them!  They were so sweet!  I really believed that lower el was where I was meant to be.

I was so nervous when I was assigned to a fourth grade classroom for student teaching.  I am so thankful today for that experience, because it was there that I learned the joys of teaching in an upper elementary classroom.  After a year of subbing I was hired as a fifth grade teacher, and I haven't looked back since.

To me fifth grade is the perfect grade to teach.  Fifth graders are old enough to sit and work quietly when you want them to (most of the time), old enough to understand my sarcastic sense of humor, and young enough to still want to love and please their teacher.  Some people might think that teaching fifth grade for twenty-two years would be boring, but all teachers know that no two years are ever the same.  I have had five different classrooms in two different buildings, numerous colleagues, two platooning partners, five principals, and hundreds of uniquely challenging students.  People have asked me if I have thought of moving on and trying something new, but to me every year is something new.  I have always known this is where I was meant to be and that I would be forever in fifth grade.


Selena said...

Hello Stephanie, my name is Selena. I live in California and have been a substitute for 5th grade since the beginning of the school year. I really love your blog, you have a lot of interesting ideas. Right now my class is going to start reading a book called "Esperanza rising", and I was looking of fort some good ideas to go along as we read the book. So far I have journal entries, and quizzes that I found on Teachers Pay Teachers. Do you have any ideas for me.
I agree with you by the way about teaching 5th grade. I love it. I feel like I can be my silly self around them and they laugh with me, and they make me laugh as well. They are so independent and I love that about the upper grades because I don't feel like I'm "babysitting" I feel like I'm actually teaching them. Thank you for you're blog and your continuous ideas that you share on this blog. I'm looking forward to seeing more.

Ann Mitchell said...

There is no better grade to teach than 5th grade! My kiddos were always the best helpers! Clean, organize, put up bulletin boards...they could do it all! In my last 2 1/2 months of teaching, I was diagnosed with Charcot Foot, and was in a wheel chair. I had 37 kiddos! They were so great at helping! Now, in my 3rd year of retirement. I taught 5th grade...for 33 years!

Unknown said...

I am so excited to have found this blog! I am a first year 5th grade teacher, though this is my 22nd year teaching. I taught 8th grade science for 20 years and computers my first year. 5th grade is a foreign world to me. I have already found so many helpful ideas, suggestions and ideas to try after reading for only a couple of hours. LOL Thank you! Dali Kilpatrick

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