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January 2013 “Shout Out” Comments- Class Size
January 2013 “Shout Out” Comments- Class Size

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January 2013 “Shout Out” Comments
- Class Size
 
I teach 2
nd
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
th
, 5
th
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
th
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
nd
grade). Kindergarten is 32, 30, 25, and 26. 4
th
 
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
nd
grade in a 1
st
 grade class.
 
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
 
side of the class to the other. There is almost no storage. I have to pay for a 10x10 storage unitto keep my teaching and personal materials in.
 
As an ELAS, I go into a lot of classrooms. I am totally amazed at the large classroom size. With somany students, it is difficult to monitor and adjust teaching for those not keeping up.
 
I have 33 students in a 4
th
/5
th
blend. There is not very much room to move in the room. Our 3
rd
-5
th
class average is 32! We have over 33 students in both sessions of kindergarten. Since thebeginning of the school year our school has added 70 students.
 
My classroom is designed for 30 kids. I have had as many as 45 in a period. I can’t move aroundthe room easily, we can’t exit quietly. Students can copy and I can’t move them.
 
Two 4
th
grade classes: 33 and 34. Two 5
th
grade classes: 34 and 34.
 
A teacher
has so many students with IEP accommodations to sit near instruction that she can’t
have them all in front.
 
The room is so full that it is harder to get around. 28 cubbies for 31 kids, etc. It becomes difficultto separate kids.
 
I have 31
kids’
3
rd
and 4
th
graders. Not enough room for them on the carpet for read aloud.
“Small groups” are supposed to be 4
-6 kids. If I want to meet with groups for reading and mathand see every student my groups are 7-10 kids. Way too many to get any good interventiontime.
 
My class size is 27. I’d like to be able to spend more time during writing to help my students. It’s
hard to read student stories and spend the in depth time the need to improve on what goodwork they have done. During the reading block I would like to meet more often with mybenchmark students. As it is, the students who are below benchmark are my focus. Mybenchmark students feel left out and have verbally told me so.
 
I’m
working with more than 30 students (up to 34) in kindergarten, 1
st
, and 2
nd
. As a result,students cannot possibly receive the education they need and deserve. As an example, the
majority this year’s 2
nd
graders (32 in each of 2 rooms) were reading at kindergarten level at thebeginning of the year. Even now, mid-year more than half are still significantly behind. It isnearly impossible to do right by kids who really need extra help.

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