Large Class Sizes??

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  1. Miss84

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    I have 27 1st graders (and no T.A. :help:) and it seems my classes are getting larger every year. Really hope this isn't becoming a 'thing'!
    Just wondering how many of you have large classes this year?
     
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    Our classes are between 28-40.
     
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    I feel extremely lucky. I started with 23, but I'm down to 22 now. This is the least I've ever had. At my last two schools I had 32 students each year!
     
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    I have 43 per class, but I'm in a high school. At the beginning of the year, my classes were over 50, and I have 36 student desks, so 43 is pretty nice.
     
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    35 in 4th grade, this is normal.
     
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    I'm usually at 27 or 28. I have 23 this year. I'd love to be back to 28 if it was a more typical group. I have behavior issues I've never seen before.
     
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    I have 17 in one class, 18 in the other.

    (Thank God!!)
     
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    All of my classes this semester are smaller, between 15 to 25.

    That being said, I have found that I don't mind larger classes, over 30 kids, if the majority are well-behaved - which does not mean that they work hard or are academically motivated, just well-behaved.

    I once had a class of only eight 8th grade boys and they were a hell like no other. As my co-worker said that year, "they are my testimony."
     
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    How do you educators maintain classes so hugh, especially those that may have students with special needs in there?
     
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    Kinder-3rd grade: up to 24 kids
    4th-6th grade: up to 32 kids

    If a particular grade level is at capacity and a new student enrolls, s/he will have to be bussed to a school that has room. They are considered "overflow" students.

    Personally, as a teacher, I used to prefer having 24 kids all year long. Whenever I had 22 or 23 kids, I'd be nervous because you never know who's going to walk through the door. :eek:
     
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    I have 28, but we are going to 32 in 4th and 5th in two years.

    When I taught 1st, I had 20! Honestly, 20 first graders and 28 fifth graders feels about the same. Larger classes in the primary grades is much harder, IMO.

    This is actually exactly what my school is going to. Four classes of 24 in K-3 to three classes of 32 in 4-5. Does it seem to work ok for your school? I'm a little apprehensive about having 4 more kids.

    To me, having an even number (and ideally groups of 4!) is the most important. I would rather have 32 than 29, for example.
     
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    Our grade 1-3 classes are capped at 20. The grade 4-8 classes in my school have between 22 and 30, but could go up to 32. I have 25 in my split grade 7/8 (12 grade 7s and 13 grade 8s).
     
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    It's definitely a struggle!
    I have a spectrum of learning abilities and an array of behavior problems ranging from mild to severe.
    I wish they would cap out the primary grades (K-2) at my school, seeing how there are only 2 teachers per grade level!!
     
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    I teach high school and my class sizes vary from 12-32. I prefer smaller class sizes mostly because of grading. As an English teacher, each additional student adds about 15-20 minutes of grading per week, so it adds up. I was nervous about my class of 32 students, but they are my most well behaved class. My class of 18, however, is very challenging because of the group of students.
     
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    Exactly.

    I will always take a large class of well-behaved/decent-behaved kids over 10 to 15 headaches.
     
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    Wow.. some huge numbers here. My biggest is 30. Anything over that is just too much.
     
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    I'm high school and my classes are 7-20. I love it! Elementary hovers around 20 I believe.
     
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    Holy guacamole! Some of these class sizes are insane. Bless you.

    I have 23 which is considered max cap (I think technically there can be 24, though.)....
     
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    Our state has actually passed an initiative to lower class sizes, but considering they still need to first fully fund education (according to the court ruling), it might be a while for that to take place. I've seen anywhere from 20-30 people per class. I subbed last year several times in a class with 35 5th graders in a portable, but that was a special case: it was the school's final year being open. That, and that group was overall a strongly-knit group, which made it feel like some classes of 20.

    True! While there's less of a chance of a student being added late in the year than perhaps the first few months of the year, since I've had two kids leave (to bring me from 24 to 22), there's always the thought of whether I'll be getting a new kid at some random point. Not a bad thought by any means (we'd embrace having them here with us), but just the getting them up to speed that requires some finesse.
     
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    This exactly. Depending on the group of kids, 18 can feel like 32, and vice versa. I have really found this to be true.
     
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    We have caps in my district, but I don't know what they all are. I do know that 1st grade is capped at 24, 2nd grade at 25, and 3rd grade at 28. This year I have 25. We're all pretty much maxed out.
     
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    It's one thing to declare a cap on class size, but then families move in and what do we do? Our practical labs were supposed to be limited to 15 - the superintendent promised - and we were given tables and chairs for 15 with no room to add any more. When school started, those classes, like all the others, had 30+ students because, as we were told, what can we do? Our lovely chairs were removed and 34 narrow chairs were substituted. Kids shared books and materials. It was heartbreaking, though. To add to it, most of the new kids were awful, as were their parents. And I LIKE out-of-the-box students!
     
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    I am student teaching in a 1/2 combo class. 2 first graders and 30 second graders. :dizzy:
     
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    Combo classes are very common here, but we must have a minimum of 6 students in one grade. I can't imagine having just 2!
     
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    My host teacher dealt with it for the first semester, and now sends the two of them to a first grade class for the day. They won't officially put them in that first grade class "just in case" they get more first graders.
     

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