Algebra class sizes

Discussion in 'Secondary Education' started by atomic, Feb 16, 2012.

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How many students in your Algebra classes?

  1. Less than 20

    7 vote(s)
    31.8%
  2. 20 to 30

    7 vote(s)
    31.8%
  3. More than 30

    8 vote(s)
    36.4%
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  1. atomic

    atomic Companion

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    Feb 16, 2012

    Ugh...statistics were off handedly thrown out in a meeting I was in today. The kind that really makes you say "really???". They didn't sound accurate, almost made up to fit an agenda.

    So, my question...

    How many students are in your Algebra 1 classes?
     
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  3. orangetea

    orangetea Connoisseur

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    I have 2 Algebra 1 classes- 23 in one and 25 in another.
     
  4. teachin4ever

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    I don't currently teach an algebra class (I teach a small lab class) but the algebra teachers at my school have anywhere from 32 - 35 students per class.
     
  5. MathTeacher29

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    I have 19 and 23 this semester but I've had up to 32.
     
  6. CindyBlue

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    32.
     
  7. chebrutta

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    I don't teach math, but all core classes in FL are capped at 25 for HS and 22 for MS.
     
  8. MikeTeachesMath

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    The algebra class I observe has 32.
     
  9. FunTwoTeach

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    38
     
  10. Aliceacc

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    This year I don't have any Algebra I classes. But I did for the past 4 years, and this year I have 4 geometry classes. None of those classes has had fewer than 38 kids in it.
     
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    Our algebra teacher has about 15-20 kids in her classes. Most of our classes are that small. For example my biggest class is 24 and my smallest is 9.
     
  12. atomic

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    38??? OMG!

    Do you have multiple levels of Algebra 1?

    We have 3. Honors, Academic, and Fundamentals. Our honors are getting really big and haven't been an issue, but we're getting bigger and bigger classes in our lowest levels.

    Those lower level classes are turning into socially promoted students.
     
  13. Aliceacc

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    I'm in a college Prep Catholic school. Everyone takes 4 years of math; most kids take at least PreCalc.

    We do have 3 academic tracks, but even our lowest is still college prep.
     
  14. YoungTeacherGuy

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    Our 8th grade Algebra 1 classes have up to 34 kids.
     
  15. FunTwoTeach

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    No we do not have multiple levels. All students are passed into Algebra from 7th grade pre-Algebra regardless of their grade (teacher or state test scores) in pre-Algebra. I don't know the exact numbers, but A LOT of students have to take Algebra again in 9th grade because they weren't ready for it in 8th and completely fail. Teachers have voiced concerns but it has not led to any changes.
     
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    I'm sure you do a great job no matter how large your classes are. However, how can a private school justify math classes with 38+ students?
     
  17. Aliceacc

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    I'm not sure we have to justify anything to anyone. We make no secret of who we are or how we work; our wait list seems to indicate that it's not a problem for the parents of the kids who attend our school. They've been to the Open Houses; they've seen the classrooms and the number of desks each one holds.

    We get paid better than a number of local public schools. We're completely tuition dependant, with no funds from local parishs or the diocese. Our budget is an open book. We attract and keep good teachers because of a number of factors, including the payscale. Behavior is a non-issue; I haven't given a detention in a year and a half. I get to teach bell to bell without a distraction, even with those 38 or 40 kids in the room.
     
  18. orangetea

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    I don't really think class size makes too much of a difference, especially for lecture based classes. It depends a lot on the management of the teacher.
    In my school, AP Psychology classes have 55-60 students in each class. Most students do really well on the AP.
     

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