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Do you work with 4th graders? If so, I’d love to know what you think of The Leap into 4th Grade,” my article in the new issue of Educational Leadership.

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:

Mike Anderson is an education consultant who leads great learning throughout the United States and beyond. He is an award winning teacher and the author of many books. You can follow him on Twitter at @balancedteacher.