Class size

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  1. TeacherNiav

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    Over the past few years, the class sizes in our district have been going up. I'm just curious- how many students do you have in your kindergarten class? Do you think that number is a reasonable number? Also, do you think your classroom large enough to accommodate everyone and everything? Thanks!:)
     
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    There are 3 kindergarten classes at my school, and we each have 20 students. I think 20 is too high. Many things are manageable with 20, but writing is difficult. During journal writing time I would love to help ALL students, but the truth is that some weeks I might not even get to some students. It's an area where kids aren't always willing to take risks, and I would love to assist them more and build up their confidence.

    In a perfect world, my school would open up another kindergarten section and we would each have 15 kids.
     
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    My class started at 23 but now I have 22. Today I had 5 kids out, and so I had only 17. That would be an ideal size!!
     
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    In our district the ratio is mandated at 25!!!!!
     
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    We have 3 kindergarten teachers and we usually have between 18-20 kids (no aides). I have 20 this year. I feel lucky that I don't have more (I know many people on this board have so many kids!), but I think that around 17 is perfect. Our class size has remained about the same in my 15 year career, but the kids that I teach are coming to me with SO MANY more problems and issues. I used to have maybe 1 or 2 challenge kids a year, but now it seems it is half my class that have some type of issue.

    My problem is that my classroom is so small. My school was not originally built as a school, so the layout and storage space is horrible (especially for kindergarten). There are so many things that I would like to do, but simply don't have the space. When I look at pictures of other K rooms I am so jealous. Some people have bigger reading centers than my whole classroom!
     
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    I also have a tiny classroom. I have 23 students, which I feel might be okay in a "typical-sized" classroom, but for my room it is so many! We used to have no more than 20, but that isn't happening anymore.
     
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    We have 3 classes all with 18 students.
     
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    I teach at a private kindergarten and am the only K teacher. My kids went there and over the years, the numbers have gone anywhere from 22 with a teacher and 2 aides, to 16 with a teacher and 2 aides to 12 with a teacher and 1 aide to 9 with a teacher and 1 aide and anywhere in between.
    This is my first year....with the 9 students. It's good for a first year but it would be nice to have more. I think 16 is a great number and would be fine with a teacher and 1 aide.
    I am not sure what will happen in the future. With the economy, private school is an easy cut, especially Kindergarten. We are a Christian preschool/kindergarten and the preschool numbers are full.
    We are also only a 1/2 day program. I teach that and another teacher teaches an afternoon K Enrichment program 2 afternoons that 5 of my students stay for and the rest are from the public K.
    I know our Public K has dropped in numbers.....I think they are around 18 with an aide in each class.
     
  10. Jamtight

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    25 isnt a ratio:D

    25/1

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    25 kids and 2 shared part time assistants
     
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    We have 25, no aides.
     
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    Oh gosh! 25 mkate and no aide.....
    I have twelve.
     
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    I have 25 this year with an aid and a student teacher. BSI comes in for math 2 times a week and centers 2 times a week. Still not enough sometimes.
     
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    I have 16 at the moment.
     
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    I co-teach with another full time regular teacher - we have 34 (so 17 each). Our rooms are small, so we opened a moveable wall between our rooms to make more space. More space, but more kids - it works for us though.
     
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    We have 5 K teachers and have between 14 and 16 each. That is a great number. With Florida's TPR amendment, we CANNOT go over 18 in any K-2 class. If we even go over by 1, they will hire a new teacher. At the beginning of the school year, we 4 teachers were over by a total of 4 students, and we were sent another K teacher. We divided up the classes and have gained some new students since.
     
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    K in my bnuilding has about 25 in each class (2 sections). There's a 1:1 TA in one class, the other has a classroom aide (I'm not sure if that's due to size or if it's a child w/ classroom aide in the IEP, that isn't really my business). They borrow my aide when I don't have students, and I know when my PM class comes in January they are going to fight tooth and nail to get to keep her.

    Last year, this building had classes of 17 in K, and it makes it MUCH more difficult for them this year. 2 new K rooms were part of the building addition, and they didn't build enough cubbies for classes of 25. Schoolwide, enrollment is down (we have multi-age homerooms, and the 1/2, 3/4, and 5/6 classes went from 4 sections to 3), but not in K!!!
     
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    I have 14 kids in a very small room...an old storage closet/workroom.
     
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    I have 17 students right now in a very small room. My school is in an old church building. When they switched it to a school, they took the Sunday school rooms and split them in half to make 2 small classrooms. It is so claustrophobic with 17 kids that my neighbor and I keep the door between the rooms open.
     
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    I started off the year with 16 kiddos and now have 18 with no aide. As a first year teacher I loved having 16, but I feel that 18 is manageable.
     
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    I have 17..with an aide an hour and a half a day..but as my literacy coordinator told me today during our weekly meeting, about 4 of 5 of mine are looking like they might need to be retained..my first year of teaching K too...so it's crazy at times...The kids I have really need 1-1, and I feel like they aren't getting enough of it..but I can only bring them from where they started...
     
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    I have a friend who has 30 kids, no aide, and 20 couldn't speak english at the beginning of the year! :eek: Its in California and the district has no money so they had to cut teaching jobs which made the classrooms larger.

    Seriously, how is it possible to do your job in that situation?!
     
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    :eek: Man o man!! Every time I look at "class size" threads I breathe a thanks to God that my school set the limit at 15. This year I have only 10!!! I actually wish I had more, although it's also fun to be able to do a lot of things I never had time for before. :cool:
     
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    24 in the AM and 26 in my PM class. I have para support during math and guided reading only. All the prep is up to me. I have conferences starting on Monday. UGG!!
     

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