I don't want a smaller class. I don't want an aide. I've come to the conclusion that every classroom, at least at the elementary level, should be staffed by two teachers. The behavior and emotional baggage that kids bring to school with them today have made an ordinary classroom unmanageable for most teachers. You need two adult bodies in the classroom every day. To me, it has become a safety issue. And in order to meet the needs of the students, they should both be trained teachers. Team teaching should be the rule, not the exception. I'd rather team-teach a class with 30 kids than fly solo with a class of 15. I'd even take my class of 20 and double it to 40 and have two teachers if we could find a room big enough. You probably have some questions. I'll answer them ahead of time. But what if a teacher can't work with another teacher in the room? I know a lot of teachers relish the Mother Hen/Queen of the Castle/Captain of the Ship aspect of the job. Too bad. If those teachers can't handle it, they need to find another profession. Part of working in the grownup world is dealing with coworkers. But what if one of the teachers is not pulling their weight in the classroom and leaves the other teacher with the work? That's what managers are for. I've worked in other jobs where people worked in small teams. If one didn't carry their own weight, the boss stepped in and dealt with it. If someone is spending all their time in the break room, or running off to Starbucks 3 times a day, the job of a manager is to correct the behavior. Right now, teachers are generally managed by placing them in a "sink or swim" situation. Nobody has to make sure that I show up on time because if I'm late, someone has to cover my class and I have a disaster on my hands when I get to work. I stay on the job because I can't leave my students alone. With two teachers in the classroom, that would change. I might be tempted to show up late and leave early, especially if my teammate was one who could be taken advantage of. In the non-teaching world, punctuality is enforced by having the boss pay attention to what time people come and go. Sorry for the rant. I've had a rough year.