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    Grade 4 to Grade 2
    By Robin

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    I accepted a second grade position to transfer to my present school, and I too, had never taught second before. The biggest difference I found is that the children at the beginning of the year, are really first graders. Be prepared to explain, explain and explain directions and procedures and to do a lot more modeling than 4th graders would need. You also will be spending a lot more time on explicit reading instruction as far as the skills go, especially phonics. I would read Irene Fountas' and Gay-Su Pinnell's book Guided Reading. It will help you level your classroom library and explain how to conduct small guided reading groups. The math will be more manipulative-based than fourth grade. I use the overhead a lot, so you might want to see if you can order various overhead manipulatives to demonstrate and model for the kids. I would subscribe to the Education Center's Primary Mailbox Magazine, because you will get some excellent projects and lesson ideas geared to that grade level. Second graders love school and have wonderful enthusiasm for learning! By November, you will see their independence soar and I am betting that you will enjoy the experience. Another advantage for you is that if you choose to go up again, you will have a great understanding of the skills that come before the intermediate grades. I stayed in second for five years, and then moved up to third when the opportunity came (we are a K-3 building). Good luck with your move!

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