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Old 05-30-2008, 08:02 PM
 
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Alright so it's been beaten to death...but I still have a question.

We are moving to Cary/Apex in about 3 weeks. The school that my children have been assigned to is over capacity. I also know that the classroom size is large, somewhere around 25/26. Is there only 1 teacher per class? Or is there a teacher and a paraprofessional/aide? I'm thinking that if that is the case, then this isn't as bad as it appears. Our schools here in CT have about 19-21 kids per class but there is only an aide occasionally there to help out. So, if the classrooms in WC have 2 full time "teachers" it's actually a better situation.

Sorry if this is confusing! Anyone know what it is actually like IN the classroom? Thanks very much for your help!
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Old 05-30-2008, 08:10 PM
 
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Depends on the grade I think? I know both of my kids had aides in K and 1st, but my older child did not have any aides in the class after 1st grade.
My child in 1st grade now (in Cary) has a full time TA in her class.
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Old 05-31-2008, 08:52 AM
 
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In my daughter's school, each K and 1st grade class has its own assistant. In grades 2 and 3, two classes share an assistant.
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Old 05-31-2008, 12:48 PM
 
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I teach third grade in a fairly new school. In grades K-1, each teacher has their own teacher assistant. In grade 2, the teachers share three TAs. In grades 3-5, there are no TAs at all. The average class size in K-2 is 23. The average class size in 3-5 is 25-26. You would think (as I do) that the bigger the class size the more need for an assistant, however, the premise is that 3-5 students are more mature, i.e. easier behavior management for teachers. While that may be true, having an assistant, even part-time for purely clerical assistance would help me tremendously and would allow me to focus on instructional time.

TAs are not intended to be a second teacher, as they are not certified to teach. If a school says that they have 2 teachers in a room and one is a TA, I would ask questions (i.e. exactly what kind of training did the TA receive; does the TA instruct;basically, what are the responsibilities of the TA).
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Old 05-31-2008, 04:37 PM
 
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In our Kindergarten, when the classes hit 26 they got assigned a second part-time assistant to go with the full time teacher and assistant already there.
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