February 17, 2012 6:59 AM Subscribe
posted by brynna to education (4 answers total)
I teach in a 6-8 urban charter middle school. I currently teach 6th grade ELA and history. This is my first year at this school, my third year teaching.
This last week, my principal mentioned that she wanted teachers to start looping, meaning following their students through the grade levels. This means that I'd be teaching my current 6th graders in English until they are promoted from 8th grade.
I'm excited about this opportunity because I love my students and this would be a great chance to see them grow. I'm nervous about this opportunity because it means planning new lessons every single year, because it means I'm making a huge commitment to these kids and their families and because it's a big responsibility, to be with the same students for 3 whole years.
Does anyone have experience with this, either as a teacher or as a student? Are there other pros and cons that I've overlooked?
If it matters, my students are minority students whose families are overwhelmingly poor. Also, my school has an extended year and extended day - the school day runs from 7:30 - 5pm.