Grades

    Re: To: Jessie
    Flacka

    Are you by any chance in PWC? I always thought the "rule"
    about a class with 25 or more was a PWCS rule, not the
    law.

    On 8/24/14, Jessie wrote:
    >
    > That is too many children in a K class without an aide.
    In VA,
    > it would not be legal. A class with over 25 gets an aide
    (of
    > course, sometimes they work around this and make 2
    teachers
    > share an aide half day). My number 1 advice to you is to
    > provide space between the non-compliant students.
    They often
    > feed on each others behavior. At the tables, on the
    carpet, and
    > in line put well-behaved students between your non-
    compliant
    > ones. That gives you a better chance of not having to
    stomp out
    > fires all day and do some real teaching (better chance
    for them
    > to learn, also!).
    >
    >
    >
    > On 8/24/14, AmyVictoria wrote:
    >> Wow! I can't even imagine having that many kids, 2
    different
    >> age groups and especially 20 boys! We don't have
    mixed age
    >> groups in my area. You have to be 4 to be in PreK and
    you
    >> must be at least 5 to start Kindergarten. The 2 age
    groups
    >> are so different and have such different needs, so I
    applaud
    >> you for taking on such a task. All I can say is do your
    >> best. You are only 1 person. If I were you, I would
    invite
    >> some parent volunteers in to help you. Normally I
    don't use
    >> volunteers because I find it easier to just do things
    myself,
    >> but in your case you are going to need help. Also,
    having
    >> parents in the room will let them see exactly what you
    have
    >> to deal with and maybe they will be vocal about you
    situation
    >> with your administration and school board. I hope
    things get
    >> better for you.
    >>
    >> On 8/23/14, K. Fair wrote:
    >>> I have 27 students (7 girls, 20 boys... and about half
    of
    >>> them are still 4). It is a TK-K class in which the State
    of
    >>> California expects curriculum to be different for
    these two
    >>> age groups. I guess I am just looking for some
    >>> encouragement. We have been in school 5 days and
    have
    >>> been working on structure and routines. I want to
    start
    >>> teaching, but am finding it difficult with boys who
    blow on
    >>> each other, kick, hit, whine, are defiant, and have
    very
    >> short
    >>> attention spans.
    >>>
    >>> Anyone else out there with this battle?