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Re: large class--tips?


Date: Sun Sep 12 2004 - 18:07:48 PDT

In a message dated 9/12/04 9:05:41 PM, writes:

> In Chicago, where I teach, I have a very small room (110 year old school
> when there were only  10 students in a room!!)  with only 30 or so chairs. 
> Because of the "No Children Left Behind" act, the kids are not being bused
> anymore (no funding) , 2 counselors,2  caseworkers, several teachers & aids were
> also let go.  You see, there was no funding for this "No Children Left Behind"
>  nonsense .When the kids were bused, our class size was okay--30 or so was
> the average.  Now...without busing, the class size has jumped up to approx. 47!
>  So, of course,  it's up to us teachers to deal with all of this madness.  I
> asked our Principal if I can get some more chairs (she was shocked--she had
> no idea I didn't have enough chairs !) and I am still waiting.  My solution: 
> The children are sharing chairs, believe it or not!!
> ---

I am in awe of you. Those people in the White House should be required to
come and teach in your classroom for a week before they are allowed to make any
more education policy. I wish you strength.
kathy douglas