TeacherServer.com
Home | How It Works | Stats
Login | Register
     
 
Topic Go Back
 
     
     
 
Case
Posted on October 9, 2020 5:42 pm
Add to Favorites Add to Favorites

byZubu
byZubu
Reps: 102
Classroom size
Many areas of the country are facing classrooms that are literally busting out at the seams. A report at NEA two years ago discussed how schools in Georgia, in the midst of major funding cuts for schools, had no choice but to lift all class size limits to accommodate students with the faculty the school system could still afford to keep. How can you manage a class that is 30+ students?
 
     
     
 
Reply Submit a Possible Solution
Please read response(s) below (if any) before posting your solution.
 
     
     
 
Solution 1
Posted October 9, 2020 8:26 pm

Dydymy
Dydymy
Reps: 101
You can spilt them into small groups where each student has a role to contribute to the group, If you have six groups of five it seems much more manageable.
Votes: +15 / -0 Vote Up This Solution Is Useful   Vote Down This Solution Is Not Useful  

Comments posted for this solution

Reply Add a Comment
 
     
     
 
Solution 2
Posted October 10, 2020 2:03 am

aParyR
aParyR
Reps: 204
My suggestion is to get them in groups that are more manageable. Have every group complete a different task. This way it limits out of group conversations. Yes it will be more work and planning on you but it will lead to a more successful day. You can also rotate the students if you notice a group is not working well together.
Votes: +9 / -1 Vote Up This Solution Is Useful   Vote Down This Solution Is Not Useful  

Comments posted for this solution

Reply Add a Comment
 
     
     
 
Solution 3
Posted October 12, 2020 11:05 am

upehaS
upehaS
Reps: 203
Teacher would have to go above and beyond to be fully prepared each day ensuring no time where the students have the opportunity to get rowdy. The teacher should break the classroom up into small groups and make their daily schedule fit rotations and group work most of the time.
Votes: +3 / -0 Vote Up This Solution Is Useful   Vote Down This Solution Is Not Useful  

Comments posted for this solution

Reply Add a Comment
 
     
     
 
Solution 4
Posted October 12, 2020 4:29 pm

aVehaj
aVehaj
Reps: 100
Split the class into groups and teach them how to rotate through different centers that relate to what was taught during whole class instruction. During these rotations, meet with one small group at a time to review topics and do guided practice.
Votes: +3 / -0 Vote Up This Solution Is Useful   Vote Down This Solution Is Not Useful  

Comments posted for this solution

Reply Add a Comment
 
     
     
 
Solution 5
Posted December 4, 2020 5:35 pm

Kristen Duffy
Kristen Duffy
Reps: 59
Managing a class this large can certainly feel daunting, I think a good first step is really ensuring that your classroom expectations are clear and consistently enforced. Additionally, it will be of utmost importance that you lessons are engaging for students and appropriately differentiated based on readiness and interest to minimize off task behavior as much as possible. Finally, I would highly suggest trying to enlist parent volunteers to help with some of the "housekeeping" tasks of the classroom so that you can fully focus on the students.
Votes: +3 / -0 Vote Up This Solution Is Useful   Vote Down This Solution Is Not Useful  

Comments posted for this solution

Reply Add a Comment
 
     
     
 
Solution 6
Posted February 24, 2021 2:42 pm

Anastasia Stampoulis
Anastasia Stampoulis
Reps: 102
I have found that now more than ever with the pandemic classroom size has become a big problem. With students coming and going from in person to online and back again it has made class sizes go up. During my last internship my CT was at the point where she was full with no seats left. So many are struggling with this but all you can do right now is your best and hopefully your school can come up with a better plan for accommodating the students.
Votes: +3 / -0 Vote Up This Solution Is Useful   Vote Down This Solution Is Not Useful  

Comments posted for this solution

Reply Add a Comment
 
     
     
 
Solution 7
Posted October 17, 2020 6:47 pm

John Williams
John Williams
Reps: 52
Try to use small groups as much as possible or hands on activities. The more they are able to move and communicate with other students, the less you will have to interrupt and correct the behavior. Also, make sure in the first few weeks and occasionally go over the expected rules and procedures for the class. The more the go over it and understand it, the less attention you'll need to give during instruction time.
Votes: +2 / -0 Vote Up This Solution Is Useful   Vote Down This Solution Is Not Useful  

Comments posted for this solution

Reply Add a Comment
 
     
     
 
Solution 8
Posted December 3, 2020 5:31 pm

Nesyhy
Nesyhy
Reps: 52
I would split them into groups depending on how much they know about a certain topic. I would do stations with these groups. The students who need the most help would work with you first for about 20 minutes. The students who know a lot about the topic can work on higher thinking assignments first. Students who know some but not all can work on better understanding assignments. Then you can have them switch every 20 minutes. You can make these assignments interesting in order to keep them engaged. That way you can work with a few students at a time rather than 30 at all times.
Votes: +1 / -0 Vote Up This Solution Is Useful   Vote Down This Solution Is Not Useful  

Comments posted for this solution

Lauren Toner
Lauren Toner
Reps: 115
Groups and transitional work is a great solution to this larger class size. Making sure to time out the groups is also important.
  Posted on: February 28, 2021 3:57 pm

Reply Add a Comment
 
     
     
 
Solution 9
Posted October 12, 2020 12:47 am

aZySud
aZySud
Reps: 103
I do not believe that is possible. The only thing the teacher can do is do their best!
Votes: +1 / -9 Vote Up This Solution Is Useful   Vote Down This Solution Is Not Useful  

Comments posted for this solution

Reply Add a Comment
 
     
     
 
Solution 10
Posted December 7, 2020 11:13 pm

MazuZy
MazuZy
Reps: 66
Using collaborative groups would be super helpful with a large class. If you split students up into small groups, each doing a different activity, and have them move from station to station until they have completed them all, they will be engaged in different activities. One station can include you so that you see and interact with each group of students.
Votes: +0 / -0 Vote Up This Solution Is Useful   Vote Down This Solution Is Not Useful  

Comments posted for this solution

Reply Add a Comment
 
     
     
 
Solution 11
Posted December 8, 2020 5:01 am

yZadyT
yZadyT
Reps: 53
I agree with everyone's postings about splitting the class into smaller more manageable groups. Each group could be responsible different tasks around the classroom and this could switch each week. I'm sure this is tough situation, hang in there!
Votes: +0 / -0 Vote Up This Solution Is Useful   Vote Down This Solution Is Not Useful  

Comments posted for this solution

Reply Add a Comment
 
     
     
 
Solution 12
Posted February 24, 2021 3:07 am

uqebed
uqebed
Reps: 100
Creating small groups/pairs of students is something that could be done to help accommodate class size limits. Doing this would also allow students to have an extensive opportunity for cooperative learning.
Votes: +0 / -0 Vote Up This Solution Is Useful   Vote Down This Solution Is Not Useful  

Comments posted for this solution

Reply Add a Comment
 
     
     
 
Solution 13
Posted February 24, 2021 6:32 pm

SeGyHu
SeGyHu
Reps: 201
I would use desk arrangement to your advantage. I would utilize the "U" shape or pods to help keep all students engaged and focused.
Votes: +0 / -0 Vote Up This Solution Is Useful   Vote Down This Solution Is Not Useful  

Comments posted for this solution

Reply Add a Comment
 
     
     
 
Solution 14
Posted February 28, 2021 4:01 pm

Lauren Toner
Lauren Toner
Reps: 115
30 + students:

Requires cluster seating aka group network seating. Place your students in groups of 5 to 6 and then mix and match the students until you see where each student fits best within each group. Group work allows for presentations, and peer responses, and peer learning, also it now can offer a great way to accomplish centers and transitions within those centers.
Votes: +0 / -0 Vote Up This Solution Is Useful   Vote Down This Solution Is Not Useful  

Comments posted for this solution

Reply Add a Comment
 
     
     
 
Solution 15
Posted February 28, 2021 5:11 pm

Brenda Perez Prieto
Brenda Perez Prieto
Reps: 102
To have room in the classroom you can have students seating in groups to be able to more around. You can also reduce the work areas such as a math area or reading. In the mean time they can do it from their desk until there is more room in the classroom
Votes: +0 / -0 Vote Up This Solution Is Useful   Vote Down This Solution Is Not Useful  

Comments posted for this solution

Reply Add a Comment
 
     
     
 
Solution 16
Posted February 28, 2021 9:19 pm

eMaTaj
eMaTaj
Reps: 101
Split the students into "teams". Rotate team leader every so often so all students have a leadership role. Students can work more collaboratively and learn teamwork skills and management strategies. Win- win situation.
Votes: +0 / -0 Vote Up This Solution Is Useful   Vote Down This Solution Is Not Useful  

Comments posted for this solution

Reply Add a Comment
 
     
     
 
Solution 17
Posted March 1, 2021 1:17 am

maVeqy
maVeqy
Reps: 201
Arrange desk for small groups and plan to encourage cooperative groups and discussions. This will encourage productive talk and behavior. Makes it easier to listen to collective student responses and address them.
Votes: +0 / -0 Vote Up This Solution Is Useful   Vote Down This Solution Is Not Useful  

Comments posted for this solution

Reply Add a Comment
 
     
     
 
Solution 18
Posted March 3, 2021 3:39 pm

VePyHy
VePyHy
Reps: 101
To manage a class with 30+ students, you have to make sure that you set the rules and procedures during the first day and week of classes. The students need to know what kind of behavior is expected of them and what can happen if they misbehave. The students should be placed in a way that they cannot be disruptive and if they are, they will be moved. It is best to have students sit traditionally rather than in groups so that conversation is limited during lesson time.
Votes: +0 / -0 Vote Up This Solution Is Useful   Vote Down This Solution Is Not Useful  

Comments posted for this solution

Reply Add a Comment
 
     
     
 
Solution 19
Posted March 7, 2021 6:40 pm

yDyVuB
yDyVuB
Reps: 201
Breaking kids into smaller groups where there can be more group projects can assist with students keeping each other on task. Along with this, the teacher can move to the groups to have knowledge checks instead of moving to each individual student to see who has questions. It will maximize time allowed for the teacher to resume teaching and make sure that everyone is still being helped.
Votes: +0 / -0 Vote Up This Solution Is Useful   Vote Down This Solution Is Not Useful  

Comments posted for this solution

Reply Add a Comment
 
     
     
 
Solution 20
Posted December 3, 2020 5:43 pm

MusyWy
MusyWy
Reps: 54
That is hard becuase its not up to you but the district. And classrooms are only so big. I would try to organize the class in groups or rows, how ever your classroom will fit. Then stick really well to a managed schedule by following when math is when science is, when to pull and work in small groups. Have structure and a routine set up from the beginning and stick to it. Commuicate with the students how they think class is going and how they would like to work and see the room set up.
Votes: +0 / -1 Vote Up This Solution Is Useful   Vote Down This Solution Is Not Useful  

Comments posted for this solution

Reply Add a Comment
 
     
     
 
Reply Submit a Possible Solution
Please read response(s) below (if any) before posting your solution.