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I am currently a 5th grade math/science teacher and have an opportunity to move up to a middle school science and technology position. Anyone here move from elementary to middle school? What are some key things I should know if I take this position?

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Depending on your personality, it can be fun. You can talk to them and discuss concepts, but they can also be quick to tell you it's not part of their life plan. I prefer middle to elementary.

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Thanks for the feedback. As far as personality, I'm pretty sarcastic and quick to give it back to them when they act like a smart aleck. I've taught younger grades, but each time I move up I like it more than the last. I tend to work well with "challenging" students, and was a pretty mouthy middle schooler myself. I get it. Lol. Thanks again.

Moving from elementary to middle was fantastic experience for me. It was nice to have more independent students. And fewer preps meant better lessons and more meaningful grades.

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I did and will NEVER go back to elementary as a classroom teacher. You MUST have: a good sense of humor, thick skin, ability to be consistent/structured, a big heart, patience, and empathy. Lean on experienced middle school peers and be coachable!

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I went from 3rd to a 6th/7th grade math position. I absolutely loved it! The only thing I wasn't prepared for was middle schoolers ability to tell you exactly what's on their mind about you. They let me know if the liked/didn't like my outfit/hair for the day, saw a gray hair, noticed my thong poking out of the top of my pants (I quit wearing thongs very quickly)...elementary school kids either don't care or are oblivious to things like that. You also have to watch your words very carefully. They can turn everything you say into a "That's what she said. " :) Enjoy! Middle schoolers are a blast.

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I taught fifth for a long while. I found the kids to be socially and emotionally very different from September until June. I did enjoy the deeper skill set in math and more involved critical thinking projects they could tackle in science. I often thought about moving up to 6th grade but didn't want to move to a middle school setting. I enjoy the feel of an elementary classroom and providing them that last year before true departmentalization occurred.

I love 5th grade for a lot of the same reasons, but I've always wanted to try secondary (honestly mostly because of my personality). When this became an option I thought it was a good time to get insights from people who've experienced both.

I’ve done all three levels. Elementary, middle and HS. It depends on your personality. You can talk with middle school better than elementary and have conversations but you can also have lots of attitude. Be consistent and win them over and it can be a blast but don’t be surprised if you have a few that are struggling with things personally and may not listen or participate. Talk with those outside of class and offer any help etc. the students may not seem receptive at times but they do remember later.

I taught 7th & 8th grade for about 9 years & asked to move down to elementary (I needed a break from the middle school attitude). Got moved to 4th grade & loved it. They were a great age to work with. Next year, got moved down to 3rd grade. Good, but not as good as 4th grade. Now I’m at a different school, teaching 8th grade again. Enjoy it, but would go back to 4th grade if it was offered to me. My best advice is to be consistent & follow through on any consequence that you give. They surely notice if you don’t.

I taught 5th Math and Science for over 20 years. 4 years ago I switched to teaching 7th and 8th Math. It is in the same school, so I knew the kids and they knew me. I love my job! .The kids can be a challenge at times, but they are also a lot of fun. You need to be tough but fair and ready to listen to them. Once you set your expectations, you can enjoy them. A sense of humor is a MUST. The boys are big and loud and testing their limits. The girls are often self conscious one minute and flirting the next. They are willing to work hard if they trust you. Good luck!!

I love middle school!

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