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Composite K/1 class help
Submitted by Admin (06-11-2012)
I find myself in a pickle and would love to hear advice/stories of experience from fellow teachers.
I am a teacher with 20 years experience, mostly in the private system where composite classes do not exist.
I am also a parent of twins who are in Year 1 at a public school. Last year, I was asked by their teacher for permission to put them together in an 'enrichment' class which would be made up of the top 12 Year 1 students (out of 80 children) and the top 10 from Year 2. I was very proud my children had been chosen and readily accepted the opportunity.
However, one week into the school term and only two days into Kindergarten, the school has suddenly (without warning and no communication) changed the class into a K/1 composite. They merged the Year 2 students back into their cohort, took out 2 Year 1 students (without parent knowledge) and put in their perceived (after 2 days) top 10 Kinder kids (also without parent knowledge).
I know this happened because my 6 year old son told me and after two days the school has still to tell us formally.
I am really worried, don't know what to think and don't know what, if anything, I can do! I spoke with the teacher (who is lovely) and with the principal (new guy, in the job 1 week!) who told me he had to follow Dept of Ed regulations and they would do their best not to let them fall behind their cohort!! Wow, way to reassure me!
Help!! Any advice/comforting words??