What's your class size for next year???

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  1. RugRats

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    Our district, as I'm sure most of yours have as well, has let go of MANY teachers. They said that their goal was to cause as little change for the students as possible by cutting budgets everywhere they thought would not impact the student... I don't know. Cutting teachers seems like it would greatly impact students. Maybe I'm missing something.

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    Since joining this district my average class size in first grade has been 22.

    I just received my list for next year... It's starting off at 30! I feel that this will have a HUGE impact on the students.

    I'm curious to see where everyone else stands on class size.
     
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  3. Daisha

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    I have 15, in our school we average (between the 3 1st grade rooms) about 15 to 18 students these past two years.

    30 is way, way too many, but as teachers we are very resourceful and I'm sure you'll do an awesome job!:)
     
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    30 seems like an awful lot of little bodies crammed into a classroom. Greatly impact the students? Oh, I think so!
     
  5. leighbball

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    Wow...30 is a lot. Our 5th grades have had up to 31 at times, but generally our classes in the school are 20-25 kids. I haven't seen my list for next year, but the current K classes are at 19, 19, and 20, so hopefully after registration is said and done, I will have in the low 20's. :)
     
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    Wow that is crazy! In our contract, it states that K-2 classes cannot have more than 24 students in them and that 3-5 cannot have more than 28 students in a classroom. Earlier this year they had to open another 3rd grade classroom to deal with the amount of students we had, which is actually how I ended up getting my teaching job for this year. I hope everything works out for you!
     
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    Our grade 1-3 classes are capped at 20.
     
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    We have been told to prepare for 3 different scenarios... 21, 24 or 28 depending on how the budget and votes work out in the next few months. I won't see a class list until two or three days before school starts. 30 seems like too many kids but 3rd-5th may have that and more here next year.
     
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    Right now our first grade classes will have no more than 20 students and probably closer to 17.

    In K we are going to have around 18 to 20 if they hire another K teacher. If they don't we will have 21 to 24. You are lucky. We don't get our class list until the second week of August.
     
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    I have 28 for next year, which is average. they had 32 this year. Our lower grades are usually around 24 and the upper near or over 30.
     
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    Way too many. I'll have about 15, which seems ideal. Planning for all those kids on their individual reading levels! I don't envy you!
     
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    Last year in my 3rd grade classes I had 34 and 33. This year when they went down to like 27 in each..I was like..woo hoo, they got smaller!

    I work in a VERY transient district. Our last day is tomorrow, I got like 6 new students last week..that I saw this week and that was it.

    I have a class of 27 5th graders which is just awful! I have some really great kids in this class and the 5 that have other problems really ruin it for everyone else....idea of behavior probs. One of the kids had a box taped on the floor around his desk. He was not allowed to leave his box for ANY reason. he was also not allowed anything at his desk, he had to ask for it.


    My district is very stuffed! At one of my buildings they got rid of the library and put it in an area in the cafeteria to make it a first grade classroom. Rumor has it my other building will be doing something similar to make the library into a large multi age special ed class......so when they get paint and clay on the carpet, they can't come yelling to me. lol
     
  13. RugRats

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    Well huh. I thought for sure I'd see more first grade teachers out there suffering with me :). I'll let you all know how it goes... If I survive the first week.

    P.S. Our Kindergarten classes are already at 26/26/25 and school doesn't start for another month and a half. I feel for them WAY more than me. Could you even imagine what 26 little itty bitty kiddos learning to be a student AND learning K curriculum? Oh no!
     
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    I'd rather have a 10% pay cut than a larger class.
     
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    I'm with you, Sarge. I had 24 this year and I felt overwhelmed. The kids were manageable, but the amount of work to grade was what about did me in.

    In my district, over a certain number of kids in first grade (20? 22?)and you are required to have an educational assistant.
     
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    So here's a question. If you've been at a particular number of kids for a long time, and then they up your class size, who's job is it to make sure you have enough desks, books, chairs, math manipulatives, etc. I have tons of stuff in sets of 20.

    All I can say is this. If they want to give me more students, that's fine. But if I have kids without desks or who have to share books, they're going to regret giving me tenure after the amount of hell I raise.
     
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    I had 27 this year compared to 23 last year--BIG difference. Next year will most likely be the same as this year's size...we won't find out until before school begins if we get an additional teacher or not.
     
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    That should be the principal's job!!!
     
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    Thirty is insane! But as a previous post said, teachers are resourceful and we always manage! I had 22 this year (I usually run around 18) and was freaked out at first, but ended up having one of my BEST years! You can do it!

    I have 17 on my roster so far, but will probably end up around
    20ish. Our school is experiencing a lot of growth as a result of expansion along an interstate and "suburb spread."
     
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    Last year I was the one who scrambled to find books and even at one point a desk. This year I'm going to attempt to set my class up for two above whatever I start the year off at so that I have what I need for new kiddos, just in case!
     
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    I spent the first half of the year with 30 first graders. Three transferred (one in January, one in March, one in April) so I'm down to 27. My school is pretty transient.

    Next year, I'm set for 30, too!
     
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    Well, I usually have 22 but I am up to 25 so far...
     
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    I just finished the year this past Wednesday with 21. I am moving to a brand new school in the fall and I have heard that our 1st grade rosters already have 22 students each.
     
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    We don't finish until next week, but the tentative list for next year has us at 25/25/24/24/24. We KNOW we will have to start the year higher as we always get summer move ins. Our cap is 29, so we'll see what happens.

    Our district had to rif 4 people. We have one opening that will go public in a bit because the 4 riffed werern't qualified.
     
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    We don't get our lists until August, but my class last year ended up (after MUCH student movement from school to school) at 16. I have been told that 1st grade classes at my new school (yippee) average 16-18. We'll see!
     
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    next year in K I will have around 22
     
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    I had 25 this past year and that was way too many.. I did flexible grouping for reading which was a pain with 25 kids. I couldn't imagine having 30 kids in my room!
     
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    Wow! 30 is just crazy. I have 20 in my class this year. Next year with all the budget cuts, I will have 22 in the morning and 28 in the afternoon(inclusion). I hope you have a big room. I don't!:(
     
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    The principal at my school told me today that we might have over enrollment of first graders. I figure she wouldn't say anything unless there is a likelyhood of being over 20.
     
  30. Pooh42

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    Class Size

    We may end up with 27+ :dizzy:

    Last year I started with about 18 and ended up with 24 due to a teacher leaving mid-year.
     
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    Legally, here, a first grade class cannot have (stay) more than 20 students. Of course, each principal has his/her own definition of the length of a "transition time" during which the numbers can go MUCH higher while they are "doing the math."
     
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    Unsure about exact numbers but we were told that it would increase by 2.
     

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