How many students do you have?

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  1. wunderwhy

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    I saw this on the kindergarten board and thought it would be interesting to compare high schools.

    I have 102 right now in 5 classes, although I'm sure that will change.

    This is the smallest number of students I've had since I taught middle school (then I had about 80, although I saw some of them again in reading or study skills). My first year I had about 135. That was tough. I was supposed to have 35 students in each of two honors sections this year, but they created a third (and gave it to someone else :().

    I only have 15 students signed up for journalism (mostly returning students or motivated students whom I already know, although of course we do need to recruit some underclassmen to keep the program running in future years -- good thing I am the 10th grade honors teacher), which is probably because guidance has learned that if they give me behavioral problems without writing skills or "athletes who need a grade" (as one student identified himself last year), I'll just explain to guidance that recommendations are required for a reason. So what do they do? Stick them all in yearbook with the poor first year teacher. She's got 30 and only 1 returning from last year! :sorry:

    Now, for the record, it's not like I'm heartless and just send every non-honors students back to guidance for a schedule change. I choose my battles. I got along very well with a star athlete (in need of an academic credit, of course) who had been kicked out of yearbook for being a "chauvinist." All he did was sit there quietly and earn a D. He didn't do much classwork, but if the kids needed him to do something for the paper, he did it, and he was good at getting interviews and talking to seniors. He got signed for $200k at the end of the year, and I told him if he had never listened to me before, that the one thing I wanted him to hear was that he should invest and save. Last I heard he had gotten a Hummer. :rolleyes:

    I also have a kid returning from last year that I considered removing (learning disabled, unable to interview or write coherently) because I'd already let him remain in the class for a year without a recommendation, but I think I'll just explain to him that to stay in the class he'll have to remain at level I journalism and do all the classwork and activities that they do. Barely passing journalism I does not promote you to being an editor, but I have a feeling he'll just be happy he can stay.
     
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  3. LeoChick

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    i have 71 all together (5 periods)
    my smallest class has 8 students
    the largest has 19 students
     
  4. LoVe 2 TcH

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    I only have 44 kids between 2 classes (I'm a private school though)
     
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    I have about 50 in 4 classes (English 11 Resource). I'm also teaching 1 period of Inclusion English 11 but I don't know how many students I will have yet.
     
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    Right now I have 32 kids in each class, however, there are supposed to be more kids coming. So right now I have a total of 160 kids.
     
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    181 seventh graders, in 5 periods. My classes range from 32 to 40.

    But it's a wonderful school. Discipline is a non-issue, the administration is very supportive, and they pay much better than the other local Catholic High Schools :)
     
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    Somewhere around 128

    class size ranges from 28-35

    The admin is very supportive and run a tight discipline ship here/
     
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    I have a total of 71 students. I have one inclusion class of 19 that I see once, and two classes that I see twice, consisting of 24 and 28 kiddos.

    The most I taught was 130 my first year. This is when I didn't see some of my students twice. I much prefer seeing them twice!
     
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    I have around 110. That's 29 and 20 in Honors 2; 28, 20, and 14 in English 2.
     
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    I have 46 in 6 periods.
     
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    43 total LA students
    21 SS students

    22 in my homeroom (I have all of these students for LA or SS (or both!)
     
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    I have around 140 in 5 periods. My class range from 26-30 in size.
     
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    When I was on block schedule, I had 65-75 kids per day in three classes.

    Now that we're back on regular classes, I have 75 kids in four classes for regular class and 21 for enrichment. My largest class is 27, and the next largest is 23. With the two largest classes, I also have a co-teacher.
     
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    I have about 125 between 5 periods.
     
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    I have 115 in 6 classes. My classes range in size from 10 - 36.
     
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    I started the year with 187, but now I'm at 160.
     
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    I was talking with a few of the teachers back at my old school where i use to work and in ONE class ALONE she has 45 kids and in another 30 something. The classroooms are not that big at my old school.
     
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    OMG....You guys are so lucky! I have 6 classes and I have approx. 230 kids. It's crazy! Try managing a class of 40.
     
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    We are lucky to have somewhat small class sizes - I have 17-22 students in every class, 120 total (6 classes).
     
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    I teach Math and my student count is 148 between the 5 periods.
    I have at least 34 on one of my classes. I had to get three more desks now my room is Full. It is really crazy.
     
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    I have 4 math classes with different kids (19, 31, 32, 19 respectively) and my last period is 24 of the kids I had already. So, 101 different sixth-graders.

    My classes are: advanced math (19), regular math (31), regular math (32), advanced math(19), and then a reading/advisory period (24). The two large classes are also heavily loaded with IEP's, there are 20 between the two classes. :eek: So far, we are making it work. Keeping my fingers crossed.
     
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    130 students, 5 classes
     
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    We have 28 in our second grade class, my teacher said that is the most she has ever had. I am so glad that I am here to help her this year, whenever I can!!
     
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    130 in 5 class periods
     
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    122 students between 5 classes. It changes EVERY day. We have been in school for 4 weeks, and changes are still being made every day.
     
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    Wow, I was not expecting so many high numbers. And I didn't realize so many schools had teachers teaching six classes. I am definitely feeling lucky. They've made an effort to keep the lowest level classes smaller, which has definitely helped, although with any type of class, the more students, the harder it is for them to learn and for me to notice those who need extra help. And of course, classroom management always suffers when there are more bodies in a room. My first year I had three of the lowest level classes . . . two were large, and they were unruly and the students did poorly. I had one class of only 16 or 17 (and it met first thing in the morning, which also helps), and nobody failed and there were 5 A's (I've never given more than 2 since). Nobody could slip through the cracks in a small class.

    Yes, class sizes are changing every day. Now I only have 12 in journalism. One student never came to school, one didn't know why she was in the class and had her schedule changed, and the last was the boy whom I considered moving. I never did have my conversation with him about how he was going to be a first-year student again because he informed me, very gingerly under the assumption that I was going to be devastated, that he really wanted to take drama instead. He kept saying, "Don't be mad!" I did my best to act disappointed but understanding. ;)
     
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    I see 402 students over the course of 2 days (twelve class). I have 6 classes each day and about 200 students every day. It's insane!! My largest class is 45 and with the number of tables I have in my room I can barely move through room to use "proximity" as a discipline strategy. I thought this was normal...I'm glad it's not, but I'm disappointed I am so unfortunate right now...:(
     
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    100 students in 5 classes this is my smallest year yet. 27 advanced math and the rest are claases of 17-18. I love having the smaller classes I am so sorry for you that have 30+ in a class that it so hard to manage, not to mention the paperwork. :(
     
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    I am down to 94 now. 97 are on my roll, but 3 have never shown up. I can't tell you how much of a difference it makes to have a smaller class. I only have one big class (28 in honors), and the others are all 20 and fewer.
     
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    My class sizes have dropped: I now have two classes of 20, one of 19, one of 24 and my reading class is 23. We did a lot of switching and the special ed instructor is doing classes with kids who need extra help. It's strange -- I still have 32 desks in my room, because I am afraid we will go back to that! :)
     
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    118 in four sections of science. Plus i see several (28) of the same kids again for a section of math. no wonder i'm exhuasted.
     

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