Thursday, June 23, 2022

Another New Kid

As third period walked in, the class cheered. 

"We have a new student," they informed me.

When we started, the class had seven students. On the second day, we got an eighth. The following week, we got two more, bringing our class total to ten. 

They felt a little too "seen" with such a small class. So new students joining was cause for celebration. 

The majority of them have the same math class the previous period. (There are two periods and five teachers. That they have their whole day together was going to happen.) So, they would have known there was a new student as he would have been in their first period class. 

Now, I don't mind getting an extra student. A class of eleven isn't a big deal. But I had just gotten caught up...

The class is "graded" on two assessments. I did the pre assessments on the first day. As new students joined, I had to then test them each as they entered. 

I had finally gotten all the assessments done. Graded. (It took the aide days to get the spelling assessment graded.) Input into the spreadsheets provided by the district. 

And then one more student...

*shakes head*

This is, of course, normal. But it doesn't make it any less irritating. Fingers crossed that I get no more new students starting. It's almost time to do the post assessments.


  1. There's always catch up to do when new students arrive, and they do change the dynamics of the class, so there's that kind of adjustment. I do understand why the students would welcome newcomers. Fewer chances of being singled out by the teacher.

    1. That group does like to talk, though. And they'll pull me on tangents at any opportunity.

  2. They wait until you've caught up the new student, then they send in another one.

  3. Replies
    1. And guess what they sent me this week...

  4. Maybe it's not the first time this has happened to you, but it doesn't make it any less annoying.

  5. I remember doing pre and post tests on participants in the youth literacy programs I taught once upon a time. Some of those kids impressed me with their scores..

  6. It doesn't sound like it would be much benefit to the student if they arrive right before the post-assessment.

    1. It isn't. But it's a short program, and these are kiddos that don't really do the whole school thing well, so it was to be expected.


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