Monday, July 18, 2011

Larger Class Size

This year my school no longer has the low class size grant (due to being in a low socio-economic area) so my class will be going from a maximum in previous years of 17 students to a maximum of 28 students. It used to be that the class sizes changed in fourth grade. The students in fourth grade seem to have a huge problem with getting quite a bit less attention.  I was wondering if anyone else has had this kind of experience and had ideas to help the students get used to the larger class size.


  1. I teach third grade in Georgia and have always had at least 24-25 kids in a room each year. The class sizes are only around 20 in lower grades at my school. One thing I do that I find helps them is to group them in the classroom. I set them up in teams before the first day begins and they stay in those teams for six weeks. I also use the teams for my classroom management. I give points/etc for behavior and things. By the end of the year, they have been grouped with every other kid and the small groups give them the closeness that came from being in a smaller room.

  2. Thanks for the ideas. I think having them in groups will be very beneficial.