[k3] Re: Twins in public school

  • From: smcclendon@xxxxxxxxx
  • To: k3@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 22 May 2004 18:14:04 -0500 (CDT)

>I am a 2nd grade teacher. I just recently had twins in my classroom. Our
district as far as I know doesn't have a policy w/placing twins in the
same room. Our principal lets parents request teachers for their
children. To me, I think it depends on how the children are. Do they get
along well, do they depend on each other, how will they feel when they
are separted? There are alot of questions to ask I think before you can
decide what is best for them. The twins I had were great together. The
mother did not have to attend 2 parties during the holidays or worry
about who had homework and who didn't. One of the twins was in resource
and had just found out that she was a diabetic. I have diabetes also, so
they wanted her in my room. The other twin was an average student. They
helped each other and it turned out to be a great year. As they get older
of course, it will be harder to put them in the same classes, due to the
fact of changing classes. I have also had twins that were not in the same
class. This worked out great for them because they needed that special
attention by themselves. I do not have any proven research but would
think it still would depend on the children and how they would benefit
from being together or apart.

> I have a question that I hope you can help me with. I am looking for
> research, publications and some more information about placing Twins in
> the same classroom together who will be starting kindergarten this fall.
> What are the recommendations? What does the research say about this? What
> are your experiences with this in a typical public school in North
> Carolina?  Do school boards or school systems have policies against
> placing twins in the same classroom?  Do you think public schools leaders
> have a right to decide on classroom placement or should this be left up to
> the parents?
> I did a google search and came up with the following article from Ron
> Banks: http://ecap.crc.uiuc.edu/info/pubs/fri/twins.html   but I am
> looking for more information on this topic, perhaps some anecdotal
> records, first hand experiences, action research, and/or methods used in
> placement, etc.
> Thank you in advance for any further websites and/or information you can
> to send me.
> Regards,
> Ron

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