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    Moving down
    By NJ Teacher

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    I chose to go down to second when I had an opportunity to transfer into a building that I really wanted to work in at our district. I had no real primary experience, having taught grades 3-6 throughout my career. While I found that the kids needed much more modeling and direction in procedures at the start of the year, by November, they really were terrific and had developed a lot of independence. The curriculum was less demanding than third in some ways, but the reading curriculum was very challenging because you were still doing a lot of basic reading instruction and had a very wide range of abilities in your guided reading groups to address. While I went up to third a few years ago, my second grade colleagues now are definitely not in a "country club" setting. The pressure of the third grade state-wide tests has come down to second. They are doing picture and poetry prompts, and are some of the pressure we are to "get the kids ready". I appreciated having the chance to go down, because now when I get my kids, I have a very clear idea of what the expectations were academically from grade 2. Good luck to you whatever you decide.

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