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Any Advice how to Prepare?
Old 07-27-2016, 05:26 PM
 
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This will be my tenth year of teaching Kindergarten, typically our class sizes are around 20 kids. This year I will have 26 kids with no aide and I have high needs in my classroom this coming year. The most kids I have every taught was 23. What logistically changes when the number of students increases? Any ideas or advice for me? I only had 24 seats so I brought in two extra tables because I can't stand it when my tables are all full and there is not a empty chair at all. Thanks in advance.


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Wow! 20 children would be a dream!

To prepare:
have great classroom management in place and children know the routines.
try to increase your small group size so you dont' have an extra group to fit in each day
find ways for children to be independent
create a "chill out" space for those who need time to regroup
change your mindset that this will be a problem; you can do it!
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Especially if the child has ASD.

Google the TEACCH method on Pinterest. This was a lifesaver for me this year during guided math and guided reading when all are expected to work independently. I work up to about 10 minutes of independent stations 15 minutes is pushing it in K! Only my student with ASD needed this much structure. The SPED teacher helped me set up visual schedules and task cards needed in the beginning. The social worker pushed in during choice center time and recess to help with social skills.

Go slow in beginning. Don't do anything they can do themselves.

Reconsider all systems for organizing materials so that they can get to work right away and not wait.

I color code all subjects and have everything ready to go. For example green is writing. All folders are green and baskets are green and have all the table needs to work on writing.

Hope this makes sense. I too like one extra seat at each table, so that I can move to the table, rather than have the students move.
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