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Success for the young

The debate on classroom sizes has come to my attention. Several studies show that students in smaller classes have improved results on performance and learning. Personally, I’ve experienced classes with small and large classrooms. I’ve found that smaller classrooms are better than large classrooms. Large classrooms always have interruptions such as: peers coming to class late, peers leaving the classroom to go to the bathroom, peers talking, or overcrowded and peers not being able to find a seat. Like most students I felt intimidated to ask the teacher questions due to the embarrassment amongst a large class. Unlike with smaller classes, I was engaged to classroom discussions and raised my hand more when I was uncertain.

According to class size matters studies from Tennessee, Wisconsin among other places small classes in Kindergarten through third grade did better in all areas. Their scores were higher, had better grades, and improved attendance.

Having young children have smaller classrooms last throughout their education field increases their learning ability. By eighth grade the students that experienced small classrooms were almost a full year ahead of their peers with large classroom experience.

National survey of educators determined small class sizes have improved the method of quality teaching. In 2008 survey concluded that a total of 97% of teachers thought that decreased sizes of classrooms would be an effective method for both students and teachers (class size matters).

Eric Digests recognizes the strengths of student relationships in small school students. They have a slimmer chance to develop  discipline problems for teachers and peers. Typically parents and school staffs have a better relationship and a better chance to know each other in a smaller school. This creates teachers to be more knowledgeable about their students, their talent, and each child’s individual needs. Therefore this helps recognize any problems that could occur before they happen. Providing an advantage for safety for the children and the staff.

Common since tells you that smaller classroom creates more one on one time with each child. This could create an obvious downfall for some students. They may feel that they don’t have any privacy, but parents need to be engaged in their children’s life by knowing in home and school life. This could protect the children from sex and drug use. This also creates a problem for the child’s privacy about any learning disability. Some children may skip class or receive a bad grade and the teacher may tell the parent before the child gets a chance to.

Results have shown that for students that attended four years of small classrooms in kindergarten through third grade resulted in an 11.5% of graduated students. The study also showed a relevantly strong relation between math and reading achievements in K-3 and graduation from high school.

Students that attended smaller classes have achieved improvement in all acedemic areas rather than the large classes as shown in Table 1 . These students were rated with more effort in classrooms and taking a greater initiative with learning activities and less disruptiveness than peers who had been in larger classes.

Having additional classrooms built for smaller classes could be a multi-billion-dollar proposition, and not to mention the cost of additional teachers needed. California enacted class-size-reduction incentives in 1996, the state spent almost one billion dollars a year on the program. Incentives do not cover the entire cost of smaller classrooms (Kennedy). Some school districts may not have the resources or the money to provide for the classroom.

The small classroom benefits depend on teacher-student ratio of around 1 to 15 through 18. For example, 28 to 25 students show no significant advantage (Chen ).

This debate really comes down to money and student privacy issues. Considering the world has money but wont give it to schools, we spend it on unnecessary items. We spend more money on entertainment and pointless items. How about we put more money into our local schools for the improvement on education. Having smaller classrooms, more classrooms, and hiring more teachers? After all education is the way for success. If our younger generation can begin their lives with smaller classes that can give them more one on one time with their education. Then we will have more educated people with successful lives.

My questions for my viewers is “Should we have small or large classrooms, does it matter to you, and what kind of experiences have you had in small and large classrooms?”

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  1. Vincent Schneider
    December 6, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    I agree 100% with this blog post. The classroom size can and is a big factor in the education process. Many parents do not realize that in fact, teachers do have huge class sizes all through the day. This could lead to some poor outcomes for both the students and the teachers. Kids who receive more attention will know what they are doing compared to the one who does not receive as much attention.
    Plus, all the interruptions that will occur with a large class. The larger will have more class clowns, which means more interruptions. With less interruptions, the quicker the assignment is understood, and the students can be on their way with other worries. With large classrooms the teacher has to do that much more work. When it comes time for grading it can and most likely is dreaded by teachers who have large classrooms.
    The same applies for the students. When that deadline is close they all are in a frenzy to turn in their work, and sometimes papers get lost or unfortunately in some cases stolen. Not to mention the lack of sleep all the students get the night before it is due. As a former high school student my classes was not very large, which meant I received more attention and understood the work a lot better. One of my very good friends from high school and now college roommate came to Chesapeake, Ohio from Arizona. His classes at Arizona held at least 200 students in each class, compared to the maximum 20 at Chesapeake. He said “the smaller classrooms are better for learning than the large ones, that was one of the reasons I decided to move there.”
    Also as a former student, the class clowns didn’t only bother the teachers. It seemed like every class of mine there was at least one goof off in the class. After awhile it got old, sure the first time was funny the teacher even laughed, but when it is a constant thing it is awful. The class clowns always made it so difficult to pay attention and give it my all. The class was always loud because you knew that someone was going out in the hallway or argue with the teacher. Then the teacher has to take time out of her plans for teaching in order to take care of an immature student. The teacher would always apologize to the class, but she shouldn’t have to.
    Even though it is hectic for the teachers the students suffer as well from all the interruptions. I was fortunate that I only had one every class or so, but just think about the people who attend schools who’s class is at least 200 students sometimes more. The chance of receiving help is slim, and the chance of getting a lot of immature students increases. It should not be that way. It is not fair to the students or the teachers to have to be in such large classes that doesn’t get as much done.
    In conclusion, I agree that the classroom size should reduce. Having too many students is not to the teachers or students advantage. Many of the students often go without having a question answered, which could result in a bad grade. Therefore the classrooms should be smaller not only for the benefit of the teachers, but the students as well.

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