Thursday, August 20, 2009

Reflections from Open House

1) Even though I have the "low group," I have the largest 5th grade class. I'm at 24 right now (after one requested to be switched from another teacher, simply because I'm awesome). That may not seem like a lot, but when you're struggling with the slower students, it sucks. Everything takes us longer, and they need more individual attention. Yeah, so give me the most students, and give the on-grade-level and HIGH kids smaller classes. Awesome.

2) Overall, it's a good group of kids. There are a couple of "talkers"--I can already tell that I'm going to have lay the smack down early on--but for the most part, I'm excited.

3) I have like 17 girls and 7 boys. Again--AWESOME.

4) Almost a quarter of the class are younger siblings from previous that's cool.

5) About a third of the class are new to our school, and most of them are from private Christian schools in the area. I don't know if that's because we're an A school, because families are "downsizing" due to the economy, or a combination of both, but it will be interesting. (Surprisingly, kids from private schools are usually behind those in the public system.)

6) I'm exhausted...and going to bed. Ten pm for me is like 6 pm for other people....but I'm wrecked. My work here is done.


anna said...

You can DO IT!

Is the number in the other classes quite a bit lower? Can they rearrange so you have fewer? Sounds like you're stuck now.

Why are there so many more girls than boys? Are the girls harder to work with? I would've thought the opposite.

Jen said...

Girls have more "drama" know, "so and so isn't my friend anymore" or "so and so looked at me and laughed and hurt my feelings" or whatever. if boys have problems with each other, they just hit each other in the face and then they're fine. ;)