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Re: getting dumped on

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Teri Sanford (terily)
Fri, 15 Jan 1999 15:25:43 -0600

I know how you feel. This is my first year with any upper level kids (usually I teach
K-5) and I got a new group of 6th graders at the beginning of this semester. So far (6 days
into the semester, block schedule) I have not had a consistent group of students. I have
not been given a roll sheet, either. I have had to call the HS campus (they are bussed to
my elementary classroom at the end of the day) every day to see where so-and-so is today or
if they have dropped my class, or why so-and-so is in my class today and hasn't been, etc.
VERY FRUSTRATING. But in our system, they only have three choices as electives in 6th
grade: drama, art or band. Many of them came from drama, which sometimes has over 50 kids
in a class. Some tried band and didn't like it. Anyway, they get dumped in here because
its the only other alternative. Also, many think it is just a play time because that's all
they do in band/drama, due to the large numbers of kids. My only saving grace IS the fact
that I'm at the elem. I can say that my limit is 24, because I only have 24 brushes,
chairs, etc. Luckily, in Texas, elementary class size is limited to 22 and I thought I was
smart buying a couple of extra of my supplies. Glad I didn't OVER buy, I might have 30 kids
in here!

Hang in there, grit your teeth, and definitely have your say with the principal!