Halstrom Blog Post

Smaller Class Sizes Matter

Smaller Class Sizes Matter

It takes a special type of person to be a teacher. The majority of teachers are passionate, committed and genuinely care about the well-being of your student. Distracted, frazzled and overwhelmed are a few words that can also describe the modern-day teacher in a traditional classroom environment. In most public institutions, teachers are outnumbered by about twenty-five students. With so many different learning styles and personalities it is completely reasonable that teachers, no matter how wonderful they are, can feel overwhelmed. While the teacher is not to blame, this system of teaching is not beneficial for your student. A recent study by the National Education Policy Center outlines just how significant a smaller classroom size can be.

Studies have shown that a larger classroom size has a direct outcome on a student’s development. This teaching policy harms every type of student, especially those who struggle with learning challenges. It is almost an impossible task to reach a student and get them the extra help they truly need when teachers are trying to keep the other students engaged. Unless this student reaches out for help or attends after-school review they most likely will fall behind. Unfortunately, once a student falls behind they are less likely to reach out for the help they need.

Watching your child fall behind and struggle is heartbreaking for parents and exceptionally frustrating for students. Smaller class sizes offer your child the ability to ask questions and get the attention they need without feeling self-conscious. Professor Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, who has been published by the national education policy center, details why smaller classroom sizes are beneficial, “the mechanisms at work linking small classes to higher achievement include a mixture of higher levels of student engagement, increased time on task, and the opportunity small classes provide for high-quality teachers to better tailor their instruction to the students in the class.” your child’s education should not be something that brings overwhelming anxiety to them. students should feel confident and excited about their education; therefore halstrom academy believes and embraces the 1 to 1 method.

In 1 to 1 instruction, your child will receive uninterrupted individual attention with fewer distractions. This means the time your child spends in a classroom will be of higher quality and more effective. In 1 to 1 instruction, the teacher is able to get to know the student on a deeper level. This allows an instructor to adapt to their particular learning style and adjust lessons accordingly. In a typical classroom setting, instruction is generally not adjusted or tailored to each student. When children are receiving instruction that is tailored to their learning style, the experience is more enjoyable and communication is more effective.

Strauss, Valerie. “Class Size Matters a Lot, Research Shows.” Washington Post. The Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2014. Web. 15 Jan. 2015. www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/02/24/class-size-matters-a-lot-research-shows/>.