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May 22, 2013

Fourth Grade No More

When I titled my blog, I knew I wanted to call it Teach n' Tex, because that is what I do and where I do it. I added the subtitle Fourth Grade Forever, because I've taught 4th grade forever (the last 19 years). I, also, wanted followers to know immediately what grade level I taught without having to search my profile.

Over the years, I thought about teaching another grade level, I even said it out loud, but I would always end up staying in 4th. Well, this year was different. I approached my principal and requested any grade level (2nd-4th) Math. I need a break from the stress of STAAR Reading and Writing testing, and my husband has some health issues, that quite frankly, stresses me out even more.

I am OVER the MOON excited to announce that I will be teaching SECOND GRADE MATH next year! New blog name...Teach N' Tex...Second Grade is the BOMB! What do you think?


  1. Congrats on the move. 2nd Grade was fun and yes, less stress (sorta b/c our school does a school-wide growth incentive).

  2. Congrats!! Praying for your hubby's health!

    1. Thank you! I have faith that he will get better.

  3. What? Did I read that correctly? That's what I love about you, Kristen! Your willingness to throw caution into the wind and make a change! Is your second grade team departmentalized? The one down-side is not teaching Texas History. I really miss it! It will be fun to hear about your experiences along the way. Congratulations!

    Teaching With Moxie

    1. Yes, you read correctly! I figure my teaching career needed a second act.

      Second grade is departmentalized to help prepare them for third grade. It has helped them make the transition.

      I will miss teaching Texas history, but have an all new adventure waiting for me.

      I will be following your blog closely, so I know how to prepare them for Third.

  4. Congratulations! Good for you for seeking out a change! I'm sure you will do great things with those 2nd graders.

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  5. I taught second grade for eight years and loved it! Especially the math part! You're going to love it.

    I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

  6. How exciting! I know you're going to LOVE second grade - it definitely is the BOMB! :)

    Joy in the Journey

  7. Congrats on your new move... family comes 1st!!! :) Good luck on your new journey!

    ~ Kimberlee ~
    iTeach 5th

  8. Congratulations! I'm glad this is something that you wanted and I think that your new blog name is perfect! I hope you'll still stop by our blog now and then!

    Collaboration Cuties

    1. Amanda...Yes, I definitely wanted this change. I am super excited for next year.

      Your blog is on my list of favorites. I love the mentor text linky. It truly is one of my favorites.