What is the most students you have ever taught?

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  1. tward

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    The thread about "how many students?" makes me think back to the "bad old days" when there was no limit to class size. I regularly had 30 fourth graders. One year I had 34. This was at a inner city school...very rough!
     
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    34 - and it will remain 34 for the foreseeable future. Although I am at a Title 1 school and they have made additional reductions at Title 1 schools in the district, no one seems to care about 4th and 5th grade class size.
     
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    The most I have ever had was 22 but this year I'll be teaching 5th so there is no cap. I get a bit nervous when I start thinking about it. For the last two years our district has paid teacher's in grades k-4 an extra $100 a day if they went over the cap which is 22. So if you had 23 you'd get the $$ and if you had 24, you'd get $150. Some teacher's made pretty good money. Unfortunately, if you teach 5th, you are out of luck. I don't think the district will be doing it again this year.
     
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    The most I've had was 30 students which I had for half of the year last year before they got another teacher on my grade level. That cut it down to 18 students.
     
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    I'm secondary and have 5 (occasionally 6) classes per day. My largest ever was a 9th period Intro to Calculus with 45 kids.
     
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    31 for me in a split grade 5/6 class. When my son was in grade 8, there were 38 students in his class and 37 students in the other.
     
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    22 during Student Teaching. I remember when I was in school we never had less than 26-28 kids.
     
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    I had 49 last year in a combined kindergarten
     
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    When I taught 4th grade every year I had 34 or 35 students. Three years ago we finally had another teacher, then I had 22 students. That was one of the main reasons why I wanted to move down to first grade. We can't have any more than 25 students.

    Laura
     
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    30----and I still have 30! Inner city school and that is the max...they would give me more if they could.
     
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    I had 23 my first four months of teaching in 2nd grade. Last year I had 17 in 3rd grade (but it felt like more with that group).
     
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    I had 36 one year and last year I had 34. Never had a class under 29. This year I wll be at a new school and I am told I will have 24. Woo Hoo!
     
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    24 in fourth.
     
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    28 in 3rd
     
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    why is this? We have the same issue at our school in 4th and 5th. I don't quite understand the reasoning behind allowing these two grades have high numbers.:confused:
     
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    In Ontario, we have provincial testing in grades 3 and 6 -- the focus is often on providiing the "best" for these grades. We have government caps on class sizes in grades 1-3, so unfortunately, grades 4, 5, 7 and 8 suffer.
     
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    27 5th graders in a module (very cramped!)
     
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    I had 29 4th graders last year. I really feel that after about 25, it's just too many. I found that I had to change my methods a bit and it was very hard for me to stay organized. The worst part was that my kids really needed my attention. I worked aboard a Marine Corps base and throughout the year, all but 4 of my students had their fathers deploy to Iraq. It was not a fun year, and the large class size did not benefit us in any way.
     
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    I had about 50 students in a high-school PE class I subbed one time. I didn't know any of the students and they had no ID on them because they were in PE uniforms. While taking role they all said they were each other, so I had them line up and they could only tell me one name. This worked for a while, but after I took role a bunch of them split on me. How was I supposed to find them, I didn't even know their names, and I couldn't leave the remaining class to go find them! Anyway, at the end of class I took role again, which they were giving me wrong names again (it was obvious from the looks of other students), SOOOO....when I turned in the class role to the office, I just let them know that the class split and that I wouldn't teach PE anymore. I had that down in the first place, but they called me for chemistry...yeah right, one chemistry class...three PE!
     
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    32 first graders!
     
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    25 kindergarteners !
     
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    28 Kindergartners! It wasn't the number of them that made it hard, it was how much space they took up in a fairly small room. Our school did add another teacher in January, so it was only half a year.
     
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    In 2nd grade internship, 25. In my regular class, 18 (yet I have 19 this year). In ability groupings (high math last year), 24. For some odd reason, I LOVED it!

    The fewest... 14. Last year, yet I only had 4 boys. I am thanking my lucky stars for my 9 this coming year!!
     
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    31 second graders when I was student teaching, which makes me so amazed and so happy to say that I will have 21 first graders this year. Ten less kids. Yay!
     
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    Even 5 less students makes a big difference! :) Also, five extra students can make a tremendous difference in making a more varied classroom environment!! Last year, I had 14, yet I prefer 19.
     
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    48, in an 8th grade Language Arts class. Some of them had to sit on the floor and lean against the wall. Plus, these were the non-participatory students (no band, choir, journalism, orchestra, etc) and their attitudes were. . . . shall we say, "not so good?"

    Did I mention that 41 of them were boys?
     
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    WoW! I am more thankful than ever for the class size reduction in Florida!
     
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    Mamacita wins! :)
     
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    Or maybe we should say she loses! LOL!
     
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    30 - 30 is the maximum number of children allowed in a class for years reception, one and two here in the UK. For the older years (3 to 6) there is no legal maximum but most schools will not take more than 35 a class. our current head teacher prefers not to take more than 32.
     
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    I had 25 2nd graders in a modular last year. This year my current list is only at 17. Our governor stated that K-3 classes are not to go over 21 and he put teeth into it this time because they only have 10school days to open a new class before they start losing state funds. ;) Our principal has said we will stay at cap size. It is amazing the difference that 8 students make from the end of last year to the beginning of this year.
     
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    The most I ever had was 28 students - I can't remember if I was teaching 1st or 2nd grade then.

    I've been teaching 1st for the last 6 years & we usually have 24-26 students per class.
     
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    I've taught 4th grade for the past 18 years. The most I've had was 28, but I had a full time aide. This year will be my first year teaching first grade and currently have 13 enrolled!!
     
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    Number of students

    When I taught 4th is parochial school I had 36....YUCK!! We couldn't even move around the room.
    This year I will have 16 4th graders in public school!!!
    :angel:
     
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    being a PE teacher, i get an entire grade per class period. i had 92 first graders last year. luckily, i have another full time teacher and a teachers aid.
     
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    The charter school my kids at at now caps classroom size to 25. The normal school district caps classroom size at 35.

    This makes a HUGE difference in the communication styles used (and amount) with parents and kids.

    Thank goodness for the SMALL classrooms.

    (Last year my kids were in class sizes of 14 and 16)
     

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