Smaller classroom sizes

Essay by pokergod19High School, 10th gradeA+, March 2005

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Classroom sizes are becoming increasingly larger. Is this affecting students ability to perform well in class? I would definitely say so. Given a choice between a classroom with 20 students and one with 30 students, who would argue that the 30-student classroom is a better environment for learning? Obviously smaller classroom sizes are better and there are a few reasons for this. Smaller class sizes would allow teachers to devote more time to the individual needs of each student. Students pay attention better in smaller classes and they get feedback on homework and tests in a timelier manner with a smaller class size.

With a smaller student/teacher ratio students will pay attention better because there are far less distractions to worry about. With a huge class there are people talking and not paying attention. The teacher can't really do anything about it because they are usually overwhelmed with so many students. This is not the case in a smaller classroom though. Therefore more time is focused on teaching rather than telling students to be quiet and pay attention.

In a smaller class students learn better because teachers can spend more time helping each student individually. This is true because there are less people, so there are less people to have questions and be confused about the material. The teacher can make sure everyone in the class understands what they are teaching. What usually happens with a big class is some people get good grades but most people get average or poor grades. In a smaller class the percentage of good grades would be much higher. With a big class it is hard for the teachers to answer a lot of the kids questions because there are so many people that to answer all the questions the day would...