Going from 14 to 21 students?

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  1. iloveschool

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    I am teaching first grade with two other teachers. I just found out that one of them is moving to a 3rd grade opening. I am excited for her, but wonder if they will replace her or split her class with the other teacher and I. I was looking forward to 14- 16 students. Now I could have 21-25. WHEW!!:dizzy:

    I will find out in the morning when I go to school what they are going to do. I have a feeling I better make room for more desks! lol :D
     
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    There are teachers on here who have 35 first graders. They are saints, but they have that many every year.

    I had 14 students one year. It does make 22 seem like a lot.
     
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    When I student taught I had 34 students so 21 students feels like an empty room to me.
     
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    I would plan to add more desks and hope that your principal and school board decide to hire another teacher. If not, you will manage with the change.
     
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    My school is going from 20 to 30 in the first grade. I think the change is going to be a shock whether from 14 to 21 or from 20 to 30 because a person gets accustomed to things and the rise in children will force changes.
     
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    I went from 13 my first year at this school, to 20 the second year.
    I actually like the larger class better. In the small class, it was if they were brothers and sisters, and they fought a lot. They got really tired of each other. In the larger class, they had more people to chose from to play and work with, and it was a lot calmer. There was also more of a range of abilities in the larger class, so the highest and lowest readers weren't alone in their reading groups.
     
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    My second year teaching, I taught second grade and we all started out with 12-14 students (very transient, unpredictable school). My two colleagues went up to about 20 or 21 students in their second grade classes after one quarter, and I went up to a 4/5 split. At least you are staying in the same grade level, and it's not the middle of the year.

    You'll do a fine job, no matter what happens.
     
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    I'm in 1st grade, have a team of 6 of us, and had 24 students last year! BIG school! 14-16 sounds like PURE heaven!
     
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    Whew! For 3 years I have been blessed to have 15. So any shift in numbers I'm sure I would feel. Thats interesting about the larger class sizes being more "manageable". I have noticed that in smaller classes they do seem to turn into "brothers and sisters." Hmm in any case change is good and our lil group did turn into family.
     
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    My daughter had 30 kids in her 1st grade class, as a result of a district mandate tha no class be smaller than 16. She's down to 27 now, since 3 parents pulled their kids out.

    Classes for me typically run from 32 to 40., though I have taught as many as 45 kids per period. Of course, my kids can do so much for themselves-- it's a totally different world than you guys in primary grades!
     
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    At some point, o they give elementary classes with high numbers an aide? My district does, but rarely has to as wen keep class sizes low.
     
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    Thanks guys!!! I am not complaining. I have taught pre-k for 4 fears and have have had 40 kids a day - 20 each 1/2 day session. I like the comment about it being more manageable with more kids. I am also the inclusion class so I have an aide 3 days a week. I'm sure it will be fine. I am really not worried. I just was in my own little Heaven thinking my class would be small!! lol I wam on the way to school now. I will post later when I find out my class size!
     
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    Our grade 1 to 3 classes have a hard cap of 20 students and all classes must start and stay at that number. After the end of September, if new students enroll, the classes can go up to 22.
     
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    With the new state mandate on class sizes, I would expect to see a trend in growing class sizes. Of course all the research shows that lower class sizes produces better results. But legislators determine our fates not the people that research best practices in teaching.:soapbox:
     
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    Man, I'd die to have just 14 kids. I've always had 22 or more for the last 10 years in K-2.

    You can do it.
     
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    I can understand the change--it's not a problem, just a different mindset. I teach in a small parochial school with one class per grade, and our numbers can really fluctuate! My class sizes have been: 21, 14, 22, and 17; next year I only have 11 (and it's not an enrollment issue, just something that happens every so often). It really takes a while to get used to the different number of people in the room. When I went from 21 to 14, I kept counting my kids because it was so quiet and always felt like some were missing!
     
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    I went from having 13 to 15 students per class section to having 20 students per class section. It's do-able, but I do enjoy having smaller classes so I can make sure all students have shared their ideas and have gotten some attention from me.

    I did see more cattiness from the girls this past year when most of the girls in one class really hated one another. It was dreadful trying to come up with seating charts.
     
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    I had 15 last year, and 14 the year before, but 22 the year before that. So far, my roster shows 21 first graders this year. On the other hand, a friend teaches 3rd at the same school as I do, and she only has 15! I'm kind of OCD, and would prefer even numbers, if only to make "buddy" work easier, but 21 is a manageable number.
     
  20. pwhatley

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    No aides here :(
     
  21. iloveschool

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    Welll!!! They are going to hire a new teacher!!!I really can not believe they are going to, but I am not going to complain!!! We will get our class list on the 8th. I will be on a cruise then so i will know exactly how many i have when i get back!!! YEA!!!
     
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    K-2 in my district currently has 25 students. Third grade is going up to 28 this year. Next year ('12-'13), all K-3 will be at 28 students.

    At the middle school level, I'm told my largest class will have 36 students. My smallest class will be 32 students.
     

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