What are the most students you've ever had your class?

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  1. WindyCityGal606

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    I had a classroom of 33 sixth graders one year. They were okay until Jan. then the hormones kicked in and they kicked my butt!! Any more horror stories about too many students crammed in one classroom for the entire day? What are principals and districts thinking!!??:eek:
     
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    28. I almost didn't make it lol. That is way too many fifth graders to cram in one room.
     
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    One year, I had 23 second graders. Out of the 23, 9 were special education students. One of the students had a aide. This was an inclusion class, so we did have 2 teachers.
     
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    40 third graders. A class and a half and the third grade was big that year
     
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    41 mixed-grade high schoolers
     
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    Yikes!! 40 by yourself? Of third graders? Did you drink heavily that year? LOL:lol:
     
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    That's just too many!! How is that allowed?:eek:
     
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    The PE teacher had classes of close to fifty one year, all her classes. I see them for 45 minutes and then send them away. I have a very nit-picky dicipline plan and they know I'm serious. It wasn't that bad.

    There are no class size rules for music and PE generally.
     
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    It is too many, but I guess our school just doesn't get enough money to hire more teachers.
     
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    Wow! At my first school, the Specials teachers would make a big stink if their class sizes were above 20!!!
     
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    It's the same at our high school. Each PE teacher had around 90 students in each class last year. What a nightmare!
     
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    The first year I taught school, our elementary classes were way too full (the school claimed a 20-25 limit per class - but they all averaged close to 30). That meant I got all these big classes in our tiny computer lab that had 15 computers - counting mine. Third grade was the biggest I had - there were 30 of them. It was a nightmare because they all had to share (even using my computer) and work together. The noise level was always too high because they needed to talk to some extent to work together and it always got out of hand.

    Oh, and Jr. High was even worse. We had 28 7th-8th graders that also had to share computers. High school did as well, but they worked better together and were more respectful.
     
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    I'm usually pretty lucky...last year I wound up with 23 and this year I am scheduled to start with 21 (as of today). But we usually have kindergarten classes (full day) of 27-28 and a few years ago we had classes of 30, 31, and 31 fifth graders!
     
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    I taught a algebra class thathad 32 students and a pre-calculus class with 38 in a small tiny room.
     
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    I taught a sophomore English class with 37. Ugh. The body odor was HORRIBLE!

    But then I've had sections of yearbook classes with 5!
     
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    Now see...you'd think by 10th grade they would know they smell! But, as a parent of a former teenager....they do get quite ripe for a few years and a classroom full would be hard on the nose!! WOW!!! I hadn't thought of that! :blush:
     
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    One time I subbed in a first grade class with 29 kids!! For first grade, that's INSANE.
     
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    Last year for 3rd trimester I had 35 7th graders in one class. Plus, a lot of times, because my team teacher quit mid year, I would have to absorb her class as well, so some days I had 70 kids in one class! All I gotta say on those days was thank God for movies, because there was just no way I was going to be able to teach and try to control 70 kids. I tried, but gave up.
     
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    My very first year teaching I had 100 Chemistry students, and was having a rough time. Apparently my co-first year teacher had it worse, because he walked out at Christmas time, and they gave me his hundred too!!! I had 200 Chemistry students (and I dont even LIKE Chemistry), living in a brand new town and state where I knew no one, and all the kids spoke Spanish while I spoke only English! Oh, how I cried myself to sleep. lol
     
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    I want your YB tips!! Last year was my first year to do a Yearbook. It went fine - but I'd love some tips. I started a thread over in High School if you have tips to share! :)
     
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    29 second graders during student teaching (32 were on the class list on the first day of school) and 28 second graders my first year teaching. Luckily last year and seems like this year too are low class sizes! Yay!
     
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    32 1st graders I could barely move in the room, let alone teach. 3rd grade that year had 34.
     
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    I started the year last year with 30 first graders. We hired a new teacher in Sept. so that brought me down to 21. Whew!!!:up:
     
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    A few years ago, I had 39 students in my room. About a month later they hired a new teacher and I was down to about 30 students. Several months later, I was back up to 36 and another new teacher was hired. Those poor kids went through a whole lot that year with being moved and whatnot.
     
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    I will have 26 first graders this year. The most I have had, up until this point, is 25 second graders, last year.
     
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    In one class at one time?

    45 9th period Seniors in an Intro to Calculus class.... and not particulalry nice kids either.
     
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    I once had 33 4th graders and they came with a reputation too! Their K teacher took a sabbatical halfway thru the year, 1st grade teacher quit in Feb., 2nd grade teacher had a nervous breakdown and was institutionalized! Thank goodness their 3rd grade teacher was awesome and they matured a bit too before I got them. Still, it was a unique year!
     
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    I started last fall with 30? or was it 33? 3rd graders. They hired a new teacher dropped me down to 25. We're suppose to have 24-25 kids. When I get my list next month, I expect that I'll have 30 names on the list as they don't all show up.
     
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    27 5th graders in a tiny modular
     
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    32 first graders. They gave me an aide, who frankly was just one more body in an already crowded room.

    Also 32 7th graders one year in a very small room.
     
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    I'm not sure if you read some of my past threads, but in the Los Angeles, CA area, we have seventh and eighth grade math and English classes that consist of 42 students each and every period. And then some adults wonder why kids in these classes are unruly.
     
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    37 5th graders my first year of teaching.
     
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    I had 38 in a freshman physical science class. 18 were repeating the class (there was no summer school), 3 were pregnant, and I was told by an administrator not to wake up 1 student if he were to fall asleep because he had a tendency to get violent. I went back to private school the next year and no longer worry about making less money because it is worth it. My classes now are usually not more than 20.
     
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    46 eighth graders, for Language Arts. The kind of kids who weren't in band, choir, orchestra, or journalism: the non-participatory kids.

    Nightmare. And right before lunch, too. Some of them had to sit on the floor.
     
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    One year I had 32 1st graders;11 spoke a different language;8 spoke no English. We started the year in one classroom, after a few weeks they needed that room for a SPED class so they moved us to a classroom that had doors to divide it in half. A few weeks later they needed that room for someone else so they moved us to the stage (in the cafeteria; during lunch it was fun trying to teach with all the noise.) Then they brought some portables in and put us there. It was like heaven...until the air conditioning broke and was broken for Feb, Mar, Apr...in Florida. While that was being fixed...and fixed...and fixed...they shuttled us to rooms that were empty while the class in it went to specials...so we went to 5 or 6 rooms each day. I made a special backpack for each student and they carried their necessary supplies with them from room to room. I had a cart to bring other stuff. It actually turned out to be a good year. My kids learned to be super flexible, they learned how to learn with an enormous amount of distractions, they learned that we could get along without much stuff. Did I mention...this was also the year of 9/11 so that added into the mix. We gave ourselves an award that year...the golden dolly award...we actually spray painted the furniture dolly that was our constant companion that year.
     
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    I had to switch off science classes this past spring and I had 28 in one of the classes.
     
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    35 first graders.

    Kelly :)
     
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    42 8th graders. 11 special ed. 15 esol of varying degrees.

    The special ed kids meant that it was an inclusion class, i wasn't told until the day before school began that I was to have this class. It was also my first year. There was a special ed teacher who came to help with the class but there was nothing that could control those kids. One child had the worst case of ADD i have ever seen in my life. This is coming from someone who grew up with an extremely ADD sibling. When I complained to the administration i got snapped at and was told there was nothing they could do about it.

    I went home and cried almost everyday.
     
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    Two years ago, I had 36 third graders w/out an aide. And what was worse was one day a mob of my parents YELLED AT ME about it....like it was my fault. (Yeah, like I really demanded that:confused: ) I quickly redirected the angry mob to the office.
     
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    :confused: :confused: I thought it was normal to have 30 plus in the upper grades. At my school 4-6 have around 30 plus students.
     

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