I got placed in a 5th grade class. Oh my, I do NOT want to teach 5th grade! The eye rolling, and the back talking, and just general defiance. Oh, and the worksheets. There was absolutely no fun to be had in that class. It was just worksheet after worksheet after worksheet.
Don't get me wrong. The teacher was great. Very structured and organized. It's just that they have to get serious about testing because they are fixing to move to middle school. I heard her mention different standards so many times, and I was only there for four hours. And I was bored out of my mind.
I kid you not, she handed me a couple of stacks of spelling tests to grade and that was the most fun I had all day.
I would love to teach Kindergarten or 1st grade. And I could handle 2nd or 3rd. But I really do not want to teach 4th or 5th.
I was talking to the teacher at the end of the day, and I told her I didn't really want to teach 4th or 5th, and she was like, "You'll find your niche." She started talking about how she liked the independence of the older ones. That she never liked the idea of having to help with everything from shoelaces to lunch to classwork.
I have now interned in a Spec. Ed. pre-K class, a PE class (different grade levels), a 1st grade class, a 4th grade class, and a 5th grade class. The only ones I actually enjoyed were the pre-K class and the 1st grade class. I'm pretty sure I've already found my niche. I just love how eager to learn and participate they are. Plus the fact that you don't have to focus as much on testing in the lower grades. You actually have time for crafts and fun lessons and such.
Also, with the younger grades, they were so happy to have me there. They all wanted to talk to me, asking all sorts of questions and such.
With both of the older classes I've been in, they just stare at me like I have an alien sitting on my shoulder. It's so awkward. I just really don't know how to interact with pre-teens. I'm much better with younger kids. I think I could even teach high school (as long as it was a math class). Just not 4th grade through 8th grade.
Okay, I'm done blabbing lol.