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Posted on: Sun, 10/24/2004 - 3:27am
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Quote:Originally posted by Alternative to Mainstream:
[b]I honestly can't remember in the dinosaur ages how large classes were.
I once looked through our old school year book - elementary school - and counted how many kids were in each class. The smallest class size was 34. The largest was 43. Most classes had 37 - 38 - 39.
The first time, as a mom, I saw a class, I asked the teacher when she was getting the other half. lol
I think class sizes, in primary, at my son's school are usually 18 - 22. Not sure how many he has in his class this year. Last year, kindergarten classes were around 27, so the principal very quickly got approval to hire a half-day kindergarten teacher and made a new class.

Posted on: Sun, 10/24/2004 - 3:50am
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I asked my daughter this morning and she has 27 children in her class.
What I did receive from her class (not sure about Jess') is that they have two parent volunteer helpers of some sort. Let me find the letter and I'll post it later. I'm not clear if they're going to be in the classroom or if it's just if you have an inquiry you can contact them rather than 27 or 34 parents calling the teachers.
Going Nuts, you can tell you're a month younger than me! You remember! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
Anna Marie, well, we already know you're a couple (at least) years younger than me, so..... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
So maybe it's okay? I mean if I made it through okay with a large classroom size? But I can tell you one thing, I never had homework like my children do until I hit high school.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 10/25/2004 - 1:39am
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Joined: 05/09/2001 - 09:00

My son'n grade 1 class, 18. My daughter's grade 4/5 split, 23 but there are only 11 grade 4's and even less than that in the afternoon when math and english are taught as 5 of them go to ESL.

Posted on: Mon, 10/25/2004 - 10:11am
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Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

Two children here.
One in 2nd grade, one in K. Mixed-level class. And loving it ;-)

Posted on: Mon, 10/25/2004 - 12:04pm
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Joined: 07/12/2002 - 09:00

5th grade - 21 student - last years class was around the 30 mark...

Posted on: Mon, 10/25/2004 - 9:01pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

About 27 in Kindergarten and 1st grade for Ryan. This year it's holding at 25.
Total population in his school is about 1400+ grades K-3, although the we do have other feeder elementary schools for K-2.

Posted on: Tue, 10/26/2004 - 12:27am
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Joined: 04/23/2000 - 09:00

Let's see Ethan has 23 kids (including him) in his kindergarten class. His classroom is the biggest kindergarten classroom I have ever seen! You cannot even tell there are 23 kids in his class. I have been volunteering in his classroom on Thursdays (I bring my other two boys with me as well, which is an incredible amount of fun [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img] ) and surprising 23 kindergarten children are quite easy to manage [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img]
My worry with some of the larger class sizes that have been mentioned is obviously the lack of being able to teach such a larger number of children AND the space. With some of these larger classes, is there adequate desk space/classroom size?

Posted on: Tue, 10/26/2004 - 1:35pm
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e-mom, I sat in on Jesse's class one morning, and I would have to say that things are kinda squishy. For example, that day, he had a girl sitting in front of him (they change desk arrangements often) and she was a big girl. Well, there wasn't really enough room for her in her chair and any space between the desk so she kept pushing her chair into Jesse's desk. So, yes, it was squishy.
I knew before the day I went in that the class was large and I was actually surprised at how well the teacher manages 34 students. What I have heard from the teacher though is that she really doesn't have time to help children individually with their work. They have to be able to do it with little or no assistance.
On a positive note, even with that, if a child feels that they do need extra attention, they can be taken out of the classroom, for say math, into a smaller group where they can get more personal attention.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]


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