The Truth About My Class Size

Are you ready for some "real talk", as my friend Meg says?

I was reading this post from Jillian @ The Starr Spangled Planner, and number 4 {Class Size} on her list got me thinking about some comments I've received this school year about my class size, especially on social media.

Let me break down the changes to my roster this year, thus far.
{+ gaining student, -losing studeint}

22 eager 3rd graders

9.3.15 -male student
9.10.15 +female student

10.5.15 +male student
10.6.15 -female student

11.6.15 -male student from October
11.23.15 -female student

12.5.15 -male student
12.18.15 -female student from September
12.18.15 -male student


2.1.16 +male student
2.5.16 -male student
2.22.16 +female student

Projected 3.18.16 -male student

If you have been counting...that is 13 changes to my roster this year.

I will have 17 3rd graders after spring break.

I don't write this post out of pity or sympathy.

I write this post to let you know that when you're thinking 
"wow, I could do so much with her class size"

I'm thinking, 
"I've lost 8 of my students"
"My students have lost 8 of their best friends"

Every day I go to school not knowing if all of my students are still my students.
Some of my students I never got the chance to say goodbye to.
Others we were told minutes before they packed up their things.

So, the next time you see my classroom of 17 desks.

The next time you see my group of 17 students.

Please don't think 

"She's got it easy...17 kids?!"

I've had to say hello, only to say goodbye a little while later.

It's anything but easy.

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