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19 boys and 4 girls on roster Is this normal? Help!
Old 08-24-2015, 04:52 PM
 
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Hi,

I'm a new teacher and I noticed I have a lot of boys on my class list. I have never had so many boys. My co-worker next door is in the same grade and has a more mixed gender class. She says it is going to be horrible for me.It is a second grade class. Should I approach my principal and if so what should I say?


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I have had classes like that (and prefer it the way you have it versus the opposite with way more girls!). It's odd that another grade level teacher has a much more even mix, unless there is a reason some kids had to be in different classes. How even is her mix? I don't know that I'd say anything to the P- especially if you are a new teacher there. Do you have a grade level chair, or a mentor teacher you can approach? If so, I might just ask if that is a typical split, you were surprised to see so many boys in the class and so few girls. I would not complain about it, whatever you do!
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I, too, had a class like that, but the entire grade level was that way. Generally, there is a reason due to certain dynamics. But you. Outdoor just ask the other teacher about it. Tell her you are not complaining, just curious. As Gravekrispy said, better this way than too many girls.
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The class rosters might have been made at the end of last year and the mix may have been more equal. The problem may be that some of the girls moved and the new kids that moved in were boys. It doesn't take much of that to affect your numbers.
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I am new-ish but have been teaching there for three years. The principal is pretty nice. My co-worker with the other 2nd grade has 14 boys and 12 girls.


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I guess even after teaching for three years I still feel new and when I encounter something that has never happened, I stress out. I have taught 3 different grades in those 3 years so I always feel new.
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All three of our third grade classes are like that this year. This has happened before.
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I've had 14 boys and 2 girls, 8 boys and 1 girl, 9 girls and 2 boys, and 7 boys and 2 girls.

I agree with GraceKrispy - more boys is the preferred imbalance! My 9 girls/2 boys class was drama city! I actually like teaching boys and wouldn't bother the principal over it.
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I had 14 girls and two boys in my AP Environmental Science class last year. And the two boys were twins. And there were twin girls, too. All in one class....
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I had classes like that
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My first two years, I had a similar make up but with the girls being the high number and the boys being low. LOVED IT! My third year, I had an even split. HATED IT! Every boy but 1 was either the only child, only boy, or youngest boy. They were spoiled rotten and mom's thought they could all do no wrong. It was pure hell. Last year, I had a similar make-up as you described now. They were all really good kids, though. I'll miss them for sure. This year it's about an equal split again, with maybe 1 more boy. We'll see!


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Had 4 girls and 14 boys last year.
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I'll update once I meet them. Thanks ladies!
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Crossing my fingers they are a calm enough class.
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I've started the year like that. But, for some reason after Labor Day, the principal began to level the classes out. Some classes didn't have everyone on the official list. Some had more. She just explained to parents that they had to level the classes and everything worked out ok.

The list of students from the first day of school was never my permanent class.

Good luck on yours!
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I had 21 girls and 7 boys last year in 5th. The other class had 20 girls and 8 boys. Everyone told me it was going to be horrible with all the drama, and I was really nervous. Guess what? It was an AMAZING year. I absolutely loved that class. Sure, there was drama. But it wasn't anything out of control.

Just wanted to share my experience to show that you never know! It could end up being an amazing class!
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Old 08-24-2015, 09:39 PM
 
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I actually DO think it's worth asking about, especially since you've been there for 3 years. Not only are the genders very skewed, but I notice your teammate has 26 students and you have 23, which is unusual. It might save you from a very tough year, if you check now to make sure the classes are as equitable as possible. Good luck!
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We are capped at 20
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But I've had the same type of ratio. It usually ended up being a great class……no girl BS. You may be surprised!
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Old 08-25-2015, 03:27 AM
 
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I have had classes that are close to that ratio too, but my grade level partner would also have close to the same ratio. We try to make sure the classes are as balanced as possible.


My worst years have been when I have had a small number of girls (4 one year, 5 the next). Not because of the behaviors of the boys, but with only 4 girls there was a lot of girl drama, even more than typical second grade caddyness.
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I would ask nicely
Old 08-25-2015, 03:27 AM
 
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You've been there long enough for the admin to know you, so if it's bothering you, I would ask to meet and see if there are reasons for the class to be the way it is.....maybe the P would have some strategies in dealing with this. Maybe you could propose more movement breaks, or hands-on learning, etc.... knowing your class make-up and see if she agrees. I would do it in an open, and non-accusing way. You are concerned, and I would think admin would see that you are a caring teacher who wants to do her best. Good luck.
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I would ask
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The reason I would ask is because of social opportunities for the girls. Girls need friends, and if those 4 don't mesh, there isn't a pool of other girls to bond with.

Maybe since you have 3 less, the next 3 girls to enroll will be yours? But I would find out, for the girls' sake. Teaching wise, it wouldn't matter to me. More activity, less drama, as a rule. I'd take it!

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I never cared
Old 08-25-2015, 04:29 AM
 
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that much about the gender of the kids. I did like to have more boys, less drama and less long winded explanations of what went wrong in some minor incident. On the other hand, I did care about how many of the students had some issue, learning disability, social anxiety etc. that is what makes it difficult to meet their needs and spend time on the lessons and not the issues.
So, don't worry yet, they may be a nice group of students.
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I had that
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Last year I had 16 boys and 5 girls. Another year I had 17 boys and 4 girls. I've always been "boy heavy" in my classes.

It's not going to be a bad year. Sheesh that's negative. My favorite years were the ones I had only a couple girls. You just do more hands on things, get active, teach more kinesthetically. Less girls=less drama.
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it is ok
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to say that you noticed… better speak up now than later.

I am new. I have 15 girls and 5 boys. 25% have IEP's.

Good luck with your class.
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Old 08-27-2015, 08:54 PM
 
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My older son's class is like this 17 boys and 4 girls. They only have one class in his grade level and most of these kids have been together since preschool, I remember in kindergarten the teacher asked me to watch them for a bit while he did something. I am a sped teacher, I have had tons of experience with early childhood as well as behavior issues......it still was tough. They are good kids, but that many boys.....
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