It is no secret that there is a serious shortage of teachers. What does it mean that our schools urgently need more teachers? heavy class. What happens when our schools run into funding problems and can’t add an additional required teacher to the payroll? Overload category.
Here are ten points that show that large class sizes negatively affect students.
1. It is our busiest seasons that distract us.
More people means less time for one-on-one meetings. In either case, teachers need to divide their attention according to the number of students in their class at any one time. If a student is one of eighteen in a class, they will undoubtedly receive more personal attention than a student in a class of thirty.
2. The estimate is too heavy for assignments and feedback to be meaningful.
There will be fewer projects and hands-on learning and more multiple choice assignments. Have you ever marked assignments for six classes with more than 30 students each? It’s not a quick job, and frankly, there’s not enough time in the day. Therefore, when teaching very large classes, one naturally turns to tasks that are easy to correct. This is detrimental to the development of critical thinking in students. Of course, there will be open surveys and projects, but they will be few, because it is very crowded with a group of thirty people.
3. Exam results in overcrowded classrooms are lower on average.
Studies show that classroom overcrowding has a negative impact on students’ exam results. It is a proven fact. For example, students’ reading and math skills are significantly higher among students in the lower grades: 9% more on average!
4. Behavior problems exacerbate with class size.
It can be said, without a doubt, that our pupils do better when they are fewer in number, for many reasons: we can all see them clearly. We have plenty of time to make phone calls to parents when we need to control a child’s behaviour. Students sit with a greater distance between them, which reduces confrontations in confined spaces. The list is endless.
5. The number of students has an effect on our emotional energy.
With fewer students, we are less stressed. And when the teacher is less stressed, so is the class. The mood of the teacher has a downward flow effect in all aspects of the classroom. It’s just easier to maintain a good attitude in a more manageable environment.
6. Big classes make good discussions difficult.
The discussions are less deep. In the big class, not every student has time to contribute to the discussion. Nor do we have the mental strength to remember who contributed and who did not. As a result, discussions tend to be less deep and more “superficial” when teaching to a larger audience.
7. Student progress is not a priority.
As teachers, we want to be able to effectively track each student’s progress, which means not only their test scores, but also their social skills, academic performance and emotional well-being. However, when there are too many students to monitor, many details escape us.
8. More students means less flexibility.
Large class sizes severely limit the teaching style that a teacher can demonstrate. During our training, we learned about different teaching methods and were looking forward to implementing them in our own classrooms. Then, when we entered classes with more than 33 students, we quickly realized that all we could do was use the “whole group” approach.
9. Students in overcrowded classrooms are unprepared for future education systems.
Students will not leave our classrooms ready for other modalities. If they leave a crowded classroom and move into a smaller class with “small group” projects and constant participation, it will come as a shock to them. This class size is simply not conducive to our goals in the education system.
10. A cluttered classroom is a bad learning environment.
Finally, this is simply not the environment we want for our children; So we don’t want it for our students. Loaded lessons are a recipe for disaster. It is a stressful environment that makes us live in a space that is noisy, overwhelming and difficult to manage, and is not compatible with learning.
Can we open our eyes to the poor quality of service we provide to our students? We don’t need another new software or “quick fix” approach. We need to lighten the burden on our teachers so that they can once again give individual attention to students. This would change the rules of the game in our schools! It is our students who suffer when teachers leave the profession and funding dwindles; Large class sizes are a byproduct of this massive loss. In the meantime, we are dealing with this issue very casually.