We all know - whether it's from logic or common sense - that smaller class sizes should be better than larger class sizes. After all, who doesn’t like some individual, one-on-one feedback from their teachers? However, the objective and factual reasoning and evidence behind this notion is plentiful and concrete. Let's dive in deeper to find out why smaller class sizes truly are better; for students and teachers alike.
1. Every person is noticed
Have you ever experienced that feeling of being invisible in a large classroom? Large class sizes make it hard for teachers to get to every student and to communicate with everyone. Weaker students may also feel intimidated and afraid to speak up, leading to some getting left behind. Smaller classrooms allow teachers to get to know their students better and to create a positive learning environment where students aren’t left behind.
2. Enhanced learning
Smaller classrooms inspire confidence in students and give them more opportunities to ask questions and to clarify misunderstandings. This way, we can move quickly over materials and create a mutually beneficial learning environment for all students. Individualized feedback and strategies are more easily given as well, leading to higher test scores, GPAs, and personal growth.
3. Teachers are more responsive
In a smaller classroom, teachers can look and observe each student. They can see each student as an individual, and interactions between students and teachers in form of debates, discussions, and group work can be assigned to maximum effect. As not every student and class is the same, it is crucial that teachers are able to adapt in order to conduct their work to maximum effect.
4. Building community
It is extremely hard to connect and form bonds in larger classrooms. Smaller class sizes allow teachers and students alike to bond and form friendships during these classes. This further enhances confidence, communication, and openness in the classroom, benefiting both social life and learning environments. Teacher-student and student-student relationships and bonds are crucial to building foundations for success and future accomplishments.
5. Prioritizing learning
It can be hard to stay awake when you’re at the back of the classroom, far from the sight of the teacher. Smaller classrooms allow students and teachers alike to stay on track in terms of learning and covering course material. Teachers have to worry less about the ones at the back, on the verge of falling asleep. Lessons are also more engaging and interactive, with everyone getting a say!
Smaller classes offer bountiful opportunities to better the lives of students and teachers. They should be a crucial part of any effort to reform our education systems. The evidence is empirical: smaller classes work, larger classes don’t.