Grades

    Re: First grade complaining- World War 3
    Judy2/CA

    On 11/24/15, Dee wrote:
    > Asking advice on how to handle this one- without starting
    > World War 3. Because it is Thanksgiving, we are making
    > cornbread and butter in my kindergarten class. We have
    > always done this. One of the first grade teachers was
    > missing some heavy cream today- I generously offered her
    > some of mine. Several hours later, I get an email from the
    > first grade team- requesting a meeting discussing the
    . I would ignore the email too. If they want to discuss this
    issue then both grade levels could meet sometime to discuss
    this but as a broader issue(not just about the butter
    making). In my district the only limitations are in the area
    of language arts. Each grade level has certain "core lit"
    stories that are read at that grade level. Previous grade
    levels can read those stories but you are not supposed to do
    extension activities with them. So a kinder teacher could
    read 1st grade core lit stories to her class but not do the
    extension activities - save those for 1st grade. Thanksgiving
    certainly wouldn't come under this restriction. Plus, as you
    say, 1st grade students would do the project in a different
    way and might do it with more "academics." My grade level
    worked with a difficult 1st grade team - they wanted us to
    restrict our playground time, change field trips, etc. We
    ignored them as much as we could!

    > continual "curriculum" issues of making butter in K and
    > then doing it again in first grade. In other words, first
    > graders have seen this before- first grade teachers are
    > asking us to change our holiday/ thematic activities if
    > they do them in first grade.
    > My thoughts are-
    > Doing something in K is not the same as doing them in Gr 1-
    > learning is spiraled throughout the grades.
    > Preschool does a HUGE Thanksgiving Feast- we K teachers
    > have never had an issue with that.
    > EVERTHING else in K is dictated to us- a push down Gr 1
    > curriculum- why can't we- at the very least, choose some
    > fun holiday/ thematic activities- so what if Gr 1 does
    > similar ones- they are the ones who should change their
    > activities- if it bothers them so much.
    > Does this seem petty to you?- because it sure does to me.
    > The Gr 1 team has no problem voicing their opinions, they
    > are very outspoken- I could never do this to one of our
    > preschool teachers. So far, I have ignored the email- I
    > really do not want to meet over this- I don't have the time
    > or patience. It's foolish and unecessary .Advice, please???