Share your stories about class size

Here are some photos and video links from yesterday’s activities.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23POxNx0VLk

ImageDedicated Hidden Creek Elementary staff sharing class size posters.

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Orchard Heights staff sent this photo to South Kitsap board members. Other elementary school staff members did the same. This was to remind them that split classes are going to be nearly impossible to teach once Common Core Standards begin to be implemented.Image Sidney Glen members gathered outside to share their numbers including a kindergarten with 29. Image

Marching SKEA members head out of SKHS down to Mile Hill Road to share their numbers.Image It is not at all unusual for secondary students to have 25 in their classes. Imagine this teacher’s classroom each day as she tries to ascertain whether her students are able to converse with one another in Spanish. Image

SKEA members wave to honking supporters on Mile Hill Road.

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Special thanks to members of the WEA Chorus for getting things rolling and keeping them going with class size songs.

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6 thoughts on “Share your stories about class size

  1. I graduated in 2008, but even then there were class size problems. I remember the first day of my sophomore year I took ASL 1, and I couldn’t find the classroom so I was late. When I got there there were so many students that I didn’t get to sit at a table or desk, I sat in a corner.

  2. Thank you, Marielle. It is good to hear from you. Because of the cuts, there is no longer ASL 3 (so much for those who needed it for college credit or entry into an interpreter training program, they are out of luck), and Ms. Cordy has ASL 1 and 2 classes of over 30 students. I was one of the teachers who got cut, so I am no longer working at South Kitsap. 😦 Thank you for telling your story…..it needs to be heard.

    • Lori; Thank you for adding your story. Even with a tentative agreement, we will still keep working for decent class sizes – our members from the inside and me from the outside. We have wonderful parents and other community members who are ready and willing to support teachers in any way possible.

  3. Hang in there Lori. I totally agree with your comment! As you increase the students to teacher ratio you start losing classes and staffing and in some cases the (cte enhanced) funding. The Biggest Loser in all of this are the students and their opportunities.

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