I had 29 students, now I have 28. And I’m not sad. One of my lowest of the low boys moved out of zone and had to transfer schools. Apparently my principal has a NO ZONE VARIANCE policy. Mom wanted to keep him in my class, but they moved clear across town, and for four days she either hasn’t been able to get him or his sister here, or has been late picking them up…….every day. That wasn’t going to fly IF the principal had given them a variance. Mom wanted to keep him here because we are a Title One school and as such, have full day kindergarten. Their new school apparently isn’t Title, so kinder is only half day. The boy NEEDS full day kindergarten, and more, much, much, more, but I don’t need the disturbance he created in my class.
I was reaching the end of my rope with him. He couldn’t keep boundaries, by that I mean, I gave up trying to get him to stay in his chair or in one spot a long time ago. I would have been happy if he had stayed in a zone or area. He wouldn’t or couldn’t stay on task and pretty much did what he wanted in the room. I would tolerate it as long as it wasn’t a violation of another student’s space or materials. But it often was. He wasn’t malicious, he was often even trying to be helpful. You know, by taking all of my carefully stacked piles of papers and putting them into ONE stack. Sort of shuffled as he did it……..The only other name heard in my room as much as my name, was his, ALL the other children knew his name. And you would hear it all day. If it wasn’t me, it was one of the other kids, even the ones in the other kindergarten classes.
The sad thing is, I really liked him, he just drove me crazy and although he was making some academic progress, he wasn’t keeping up with the class. Having 29 kids in the class made it really hard to give him the individualized help he needed.