I am going to be teaching high school this year after years teaching 8th grade. I'm excited for the transition, however, my possible class sizes are worrisome. This past year my numbers were close to 30. This is problematic on many levels, and to top it off, I work at a Title 1 school. The students I taught last year were predominantly level 1's on their FSA, and I had plenty of unidentified ESE students that nobody wanted to test because they were in 8th grade and according to the head of ESE, "Testing them at this point would be a waste of time." Because my kids weren't identified as ESE, I get no assistance for them. It's just me with close to 30 kids. Despite this, my gains are great and I had fantastic recommendations from both my P and AP. It is so incredibly frustrating walking into my new classroom and seeing 32 desks and chairs. I will be teaching intensive again, and I will most likely receive a lot of the ELL students. I love my kids. I love them more than anything and that's why I won't quit and that's why I got a job at the high school all of my middle school kids end up going to. However, I wonder what their gains would be if I could have half those numbers. Imagine how different everything could be. What do you guys to do cope with ridiculous class size numbers?