January 2013 “Shout Out” Comments
- Class Size
I teach 2
grade and meeting the needs of a large class size is near impossible! My 32 studentsrange in reading from a DRA score of 2 (kindergarten) to 4
grade reading levels. I haveabout 1/3 of them at or above grade levels leaving 2/3 well below. I have 7 English LanguageLearners and 7 more with documented learning disabilities. The work load and energy requiredare daunting! This is my 13
year as a teacher. Gets harder and harder every year!
Our kindergarten classes have between 30-35 students. Four sessions, two ESOC, two bilingual
Spanish/English. There are so many students crammed in the classroom there’s hardly any room
to move around and they
have to go to the bathroom in “shifts” because they aren’t enough
stalls, room in the hallway or adults to manage them all at the same time.
This year kindergarten class sizes went up to 35 and we are nearing 40. With a change in busroutes it ended with 36, 24, 26, and 28. We struggle to serve kids not making grade level inintervention and a need for more chairs and desk space. We could really use another session forkindergarten.
I’m low at 24 students (2
grade). Kindergarten is 32, 30, 25, and 26. 4
grade is in 30’s.
Just had our science teacher tell me that he has 38 students in one class and smallest is 35.
I am trying to work with small groups in reading, writing, and math. These groups are 6 studentsor less. During this time I am focusing my instruction to the specific levels of my students. Whilemeeting with my groups I also keep/manage the rest of my class to work on practicing theirskills. All of this with 1 adult, 26 kids and levels ranging from kindergarten to 2
grade in a 1
At Roberts our classes are capped at 20 with 2 adults in the room (1 certified and 1 IA). Mostclasses are averaging 15 at the end of the semester. Our students have access to lots of 1-on-1help which makes them feel very successful. Many of our students want to stay when theirexpulsions are up because they finally feel like there are adults who care about them and knowthem. We are an example of how small class size can make a difference!
Classrooms have as many as 36 students. We are experiencing a large number of disciplinaryissues.
I have 32 students in kindergarten lit squared. The room is small and I have circle tables that sit4 each. My room is wall-to-wall tables, chairs, and bodies. There is no room to walk from one