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Next year I will have 17 boys and only 3 girls in my Kindergarten classroom! I have been teaching for 21 years, 12 of those year in K. However, in all my years of teaching I have never had such a lopsided number! I am looking for any tips, advice, strategies, etc...that anyone has to offer!
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Lots of movement in lessons, extra building toys for indoor recess, and a quiet corner for introverts to escape to now and then
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Are the other classes so lopsided?
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Wow! I've had quite a few lopsided classes but that's kind of crazy! I agree with lots of movement, and keep it very short and sweet at the beginning of the year.
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I had 14 boys and 3 girls one year, and one of the girls was quite a tomboy. I agree with lots and lots of movement. Gonoodle.com is great for wiggle breaks.


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I have 15/5 this year.
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No, just this class is lopsided. One of my 3 girls is a tomboy. It should be an interesting year. Thank you all for responding. I appreciate all the help and tips I can get!
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No, just this class is lopsided.
Then I think placement needs to be re-done so it is more balanced. Who did this??
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I agree that class assignments​need to be revisited. As a mom, I would be unhappy if one of those girls was mine. DS has been in a world of almost all girls in preschool. He needs to be around other boys!

But to answer your question... About 2/3 of my class are boys this year. Lots of movement, lots of manipulatives (I can put letters on anything now!), and lots of structure. My group is extremely physical. We've had to had very defined spaces and strict enforcement of staying in them.
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I work in a private school. We only have one class per grade. There won't be an reassignments, unfortunately I have to figure out how to make the situation work as it is. As I have said before, I have had lopsided classes before, but this is crazy and I am worried.


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Oh, okay, when you said it was just your class that was lopsided, it sounded like the other classes on your grade level were balanced. I get you now!

Pull out the Legos, the NoEnds, use Go Noodle, all the stuff others have said. Consider a couple standing desks (it's usually my boys who choose that option).

And hang on tight for what should be one awesome, noisy, great year!
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Old 05-09-2017, 09:53 PM
 
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Last year I had 15 boys and 6 girls. They were an awesome group! This year I still have more boys, but only by a few.

I did use a fair bit of gonoodle
Lots of boys seem to thrive on competition. Some girls do too. We did lots of activities where they would track their own progress so they could compete against themselves. Sometimes we used graphs. Not sure how that would translate in kinder, though.
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Old 05-09-2017, 09:58 PM
 
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As I have said before, I have had lopsided classes before, but this is crazy and I am worried.
I don't think you should be worried! I just remembered, one of the class I student taught on was an all-boy kindergarten class (in a k/1, if that makes sense). The school only had enough kids for a k and k1 and it just worked out that if they mixed genders, there were so few girls that there would only be 2 or so in each group, so they put all girls together in the mixed class then had a single-sex. (I think that was the rationale, anyways).

Anyhow....Those boys were great! I had a blast! This can work! I know boys often have higher energy/noise levels, but they also often have a lot of team spirit, enthusiasm, and inventive ideas. You can use the competitive thing to your advantage too.
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