I started with three and things were easy. Two weeks into the school year, I got another and things were still going well. Two months ago, I got another one for half a day, which was something I could handle. Two weeks ago, I got another and all of a sudden everything was thrown for a loop. If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m talking about students.
I’m certainly not complaining about the size of my class. I’m pretty sure I have the smallest class in my entire district and I dare say one of the smallest classes ever, but considering the students that are currently on my caseload, things are definitely not easy.
You see, with the newest addition to my classroom, I now have students spanning all the way from kindergarten through fifth grade, operating in a single classroom. Since my room is technically K-6, the range isn’t even as wide as it could be, so scheduling is a tad difficult.
All but one of my students are resourced out or are in their general education room for various parts of the day. This makes figuring out a schedule that truly fits everyone’s needs practically impossible, especially when (not even considering academics) my kids attend four different speech groups, all their individual grade-level specials, all their individual grade-level recesses, all their individual grade-level lunches, and various other activities with their grade-level peers.
And it seems like every time I get to a point where I’ve finally figured out the schedule, have it memorized, and can operate fairly routinely, everything is thrown for a loop because of a new student or someone has gotten to a point where they can spend more time outside the room. I’m not saying I don’t love the new additions to my class or that I don’t personally push for them to be outside my room as much as possible, but it all makes me feel like a time bomb. At some point, it’s all going to explode, right? Well, I hope not!
So as I’m sitting here writing this blog post and staring at my two-page weekly schedule that includes where every child is at all times of the day, I’m wondering how you do it or what your thoughts are on scheduling. Is it as big of a constant year-long headache for you as it is for me? If you’re not teaching right now, is it something you’re worried about? How do you cope with all the craziness in general that is scheduling? And, most of all, am I being more than just a little too much of a control freak here?
In other news, I’m really looking forward to the CEC 2012 Convention & Expo in Denver — I hope you are, too.
And in even more other news, my mini class (prior to our newest student and without the half-day student) went on a field trip to the post office. Here is a fun picture from the trip of my students peeking into the mailroom.