The theme of the issue is “The Transition Years,” and I wrote about strategies for establishing routines and building community in 4th grade classrooms. Check it out for ideas on these topics and more:
- Teaching and practicing routines
- Using interactive modeling
- Minimizing competition
- Teaching recess
The suggestions in the article are based on my experience teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students, and drawn from my book What Every 4th Grade Teacher Needs to Know About Setting Up and Running a Classroom. Did you know that the What Every Teacher Needs series now includes books for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade teachers? (The kindergarten and 5th grade volumes should be out by the end of 2011.)
I wrote the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Every Teacher books; my friend and colleague Margaret Berry Wilson wrote the books for kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades. The premise of the series is that each age and grade we teach is a bit different. When we know some general characteristics of children at the ages we teach, we can use those as starting points for setting up effective learning environments for our students.
I’d love to hear your questions and comments!
April 21, 2011, Responsive Classroom Blog, Original Link: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/blog/what-4th-graders-need
Mike Anderson has been an educator for more than 25 years. A public school teacher for 15 years, he has also taught preschool, coached swim teams, and taught university graduate level classes. He now works as a consultant providing professional learning for teachers throughout the US and beyond. In 2004, Mike was awarded a national Milken Educator Award, and in 2005 he was a finalist for NH Teacher of the Year. In 2020, he was awarded the Outstanding Educational Leader Award by NHASCD for his work as a consultant. A best-selling author, Mike has written nine books about great teaching and learning. His latest book is Tackling the Motivation Crisis: How to Activate Student Learning Without Behavior Charts, Pizza Parties, or Other Hard-to-Quit Incentive Systems. When not working, Mike can be found hanging with his family, tending his perennial gardens, and searching for new running routes around his home in Durham, NH.