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Two years ago, I was opposite band, so my class was called non-band. I was up to
33 kids that hour 7th and 8th grade combined - all the non-band kids. What made
it really bad was I had these counter/islands in the center of my room (old
home-ec room) so I couldn't even see all the kids at once, no matter where I was.
I didn't even have 33 chairs, and no space to put one if I acquired one. It was
total chaos. I complained to the principal almost daily about how unfair it was
to the kids who chose art over band. My principal finally visited my class and he
realized that I wasn't just complaining for the sake of complaining. He had no
idea my class had grown to that size, nor how bad the seating was. He focused on
improving my class situation the following year and I ended up with 1/3rd of the
students for 12 weeks. I had honestly forgotten how much I enjoyed middle school
kids until last year!
> I went back today for the first day of school for teachers. They told me I
> am getting at least 38 7th graders in a block for 90 minutes!! I had plans
> but I don't think I will be able to do a lot of the things I used to do with
> 7th grade becasue they will be packed in like sardines.
> What kind of loads do the middle and junior high teachers on this list
> usually have?? Anyone have this many or more....I am curious...maybe I need a
> sympathetic shoulder ......misery loves company.
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