I just found out yesterday that one of my reading students is going to be retained. He isn't in my homeroom class, but we are a Reading First school so I see him at least 2 hours a day for reading instruction. I am very familiar with him, his work habits, ability levels, etc... I have until next Wednesday to decide if I want to be the 1st grade teacher to have him next year. The teacher he has this year isn't remaining in 1st grade next year, and we aren't quite sure who else will be teaching 1st grade. One kindergarten teacher is looping up with her students so won't be accepting outside students, so that just leaves three possibilities (myself included). When I first heard he might be retained, I didn't think I could have him in my classroom. He is a very sweet boy, but he doesn't even have beginning kindergarten skills and has absolutely no ability to work independently. Even if I sit next to him and "monitor" him, he cannot work unless I am interacting with him and basically keeping my finger on his paper and keeping him on track. I have 25 students in my class this year and can't imagine how I would have the time next year for that much 1-on-1 if I have that many students again. Nonetheless, I am strongly considering having him in my class next year. I have built up quite a relationship with him this year and I feel like having a jump on his ability/work habits could really start the year off well for him and that we'd be on our way to a successful year! I tried explaining to my husband last night why I feel drawn to keep this child, but he couldn't quite understand. I'm not sure exactly who the other teachers are next year, but of the ones who might end up teaching 1st grade I don't believe any of them would be a really good fit for him. My husband said it seems like an extreme amount of work, frustration, and stress for me, not to mention heartbreak if I don't make as much of a difference as I'm expecting. Have any of you experienced anything like this? Do you understand where I'm coming from? Am I crazy for really wanting to keep this kid in my class next year, really believing and hoping that I can make a big difference?