middle school vs. high school

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  1. sheriberi

    sheriberi New Member

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    What are the pros and cons of teaching middle school or high school? I'm trying to decide where to do my student teaching (my subject is English). To be honest, I'm kind of scared of middle school students haha. Thanks! :)
     
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    Aliceacc Multitudinous

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    If you're scared of the middle school kids, then that's where you should student teach.

    Ideally, student teaching provides you with on-the-job training, along with the safety net of a cooperating teacher. So you get to discover what kind of teacher you want to be, while not taking on a full course load and all the responsiblities of your own classroom.

    Once you get a full time job, there's no more safety net.

    So I say go against your instincts and take the help in the grades in which you feel you'll need it the most.

    For what it's worth, this was my 1st year teaching 7th grade after 2 decades of teaching mostly Juniors and Seniors. They've been a real breath of fresh air with their delightful enthusiasm.

    Good luck!
     
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    Will you have two different student teaching experiences? That's how they do it here. If so, I'd do one of each if you can.
     
  5. Thespis

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    I thought this was going to be about a no holds barred, barbed wire match! We can take those middle school wimps any day!
    Sorry...
    I LOVE high school. Freshmen are about as close to middle school as I ever want to get. High school kids are more like real people. It's easier for me to have a conversation with a high school kid. God bless those who are willing to teach at the MS level. They are truly saints!
     
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    I won't put my halo on just yet, but I do LOVE teaching 7th grade LA/SS. I mentioned in another thread how much fun they really are. You can have great conversations with middle schoolers, and the cool thing is that they are really beginning to think for themselves. I love how unpredicatble they are and how passionate they can be about things they believe in.
     
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    I've taught both as well, and while I must say I prefer high school, I do miss the sweet innocence of middle school kids. Even in this very jaded world, you can still see the little kid in most 12/13 year olds. Sometimes you see it in the high schoolers, too, but it's rare. High school kids are great because you get to glimpse the adult that is to come.
     
  8. seesee

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    this is a very interesting topic. I feel difficult to decide what grade i want teach,too. the question is: if i get a 6-12 grade maths certificate, can i teach 5-9 grade kids? that means a 6-12 grade teacher automatically holds a 5-9 grade certificate as well? and if i want to get a 5-9 grade maths master's degree later with a 6-12 grade certificate, i don't have to pass a 5-9 grade exam, is that correct?

    i am a new comers to this forum, and never teach. i have a engineering bachelor's degree from China.

    thanks
     
  9. Thespis

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    I believe that your certificate spells out exactly what you can teach. If it says 6-9, you aren't certified to teach 5th graders.
    In Texas, once you are certified in one subject, you can take the ExCET or TExES test to become certified in another subject. For example, I have a lifetime Theatre Arts certification. I took the ExCET test for Technology Application 6-12, passed and am now certified in that subject as well.
     
  10. Ima Teacher

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    My certification is 9-12, but I can also teach grades 7 & 8 in departmentalized schools. I also found out that I can teach 6th grade reading or language arts with my degree because my school departmentalizes all classes. Check with your state requirements.
     
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    I have a math 5-9. I taught 7th grade my first year, 8th grade my second year, moved to HS this year and taught both 9th Algebra and 10th Geometry. (Geometry is covered because advanced 9th graders take Geo). I had the worst time with the 7th graders. They were by far the hardest for me. The 8th graders were ok. I LOVE HS compared to MS. The classes "count". The gpa, the credits, it all matters so they have to try a little more. The maturity is night and day between 7th and 9th. I am sooo happy I made the change. God Bless the 7th grade teachers!
     
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    MS vs HS

    I really think this is completely personal preference. I teach MS, but would not be opposed to HS. I do enjoy how honest and enthusiastic MS students are, but sometimes the maturity of HS would be refreshing. I agree, that I would take the student teaching experience with the level of student I felt least comfortable with and have that safety net of the classroom teacher!

    Good luck with whatever you decide.
     

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