I taught 4th graders for a few years and now I'm teaching 5th-6th graders. Between 4th and 5th graders, that 1 year difference is a big thing developmentally. At the beginning of the year, the 4th graders are still like "babies"- young, immature in some ways, they could careless how they look like, they could careless about the opposite sex; however, at the close of the school year, when they are almost 5th graders, "change" becomes very obvious. Everything that they did not care for at the beginning of the year, all of a sudden are very important: how they look, more conscious of the opposite sex, more mature, very conscious of their actions and reactions to situations, etc... It is wonderful to observe them and watch the amazing changes that are taking place and happening right before your eyes! I love to teach Grades 4 - 6!
So true Merly I use to teach 5th and 6th but now I teach 4th and I think with all grade levels they come back to us after winter break different. They always say they come to you as 3rd graders when they leave you they are 4th and so on. I do have a problem though having older retained students in 4th because it is a "baby" grade and these students are more physically developed and mentally also so they feel out of place. The phy/social plays big time with these students.
Yes, Susie. It will be a big experience for you, however you will have fun with them, and be amazed how they "grow" physically, mentally, emotionally, and watch how they reason out to you. For some, they think you are their "equal"; they think they are already "adults", and yet, they are not! We still have to put them in their "proper" places. So, we, teachers, should always be equipped with " know-hows" so we can discipline them with TLC! Recommendation: There is a book entitled, "What Every Fourth Grader Should Know" that can give you a little background of a fourth grader; or you can also "Google" this topic. What modern technology can do for us! Every topic under the sun is researchable now!
Thanks for seeing fourth graders the way I see them. All what you said are true. I think, all students kind of "grow" after the Christmas holidays, both physically and intellectually. I used to joke on my students: "You are supposed to have grown after Christmas, so expect longer homework and harder tests". I really feel Grades 4-6 are fun grades to teach.