Does Class Size Matter

Why was the geometry class always tired? because they were all out of shape(pun intended)…  Speaking of school, do you think class size really matters ?

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In this article I will show the real affects of class size, positives and negatives. The First issue everyone thinks about is getting individual help. In a smaller class size that is a possibility, this is because the teacher student ratio is low.  Many of the most celebrated charter schools that the corporate reformers celebrate cap class sizes at 18 or less, such as the high-performing Ichan charter schools in the Bronx and the Harlem Children Schools. But that isn’t always the case. Such as, class sizes in our inner-city public schools, they continue to grow larger each year.

 

In research on early elementary school students, small classes usually mean fewer than 20 students, while for high school students the definition of “small” classes is usually larger. There are similar differences in what makes small classes for college writing instruction. In addition to how many students make a smaller class, researchers use different strategies for assigning a class-size number. It can mean the number of students enrolled in the course, the number of students completing the course, or the number of students completing major course assignments . There is a shifting relationship between class size and teacher workload. Making smaller class size can, for example, increase teacher workload if the number of students per class is lowered but teachers are assigned one more class per day.

 

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After polling Amelia high school with the question, “Does class size matter?”, these are the results…….

 

Yea- 51

No- 2

Here is what some of the students had to say…..

Anthony Gennings said,” I prefer to have a very small class size, or else I do not get nearly as much help”

Jake West said,” I think it matters, but I would be fine in either”

 

Overall, research shows that students in smaller classes perform better in all subjects and on all test when compared to their other students in larger classes. In smaller classes students tend to be as much as one to two months ahead in , and they average a better grade. There are also a lot of cases where students can do the same in either  class setting . Which can throw off all of what people are trying to say about class size making a difference. Small class sizes have the most affect on elementary school students, and it becomes better the longer students are in smaller classes. That is, students who have smaller classes in early elementary grades continue to benefit from this experience even if they are in larger classes in upper elementary or middle school.

 

The advantages of smaller classes go beyond test scores and student interaction. Having smaller class sizes will basically set them up for success in life. Researchers have found that reducing class size can make kids more interactive, improved citizenship, and decreased crime and welfare dependence. If part of a small class,  students are much more likely to go to college. This benefit is best for those of the less fortunate community.

 

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