How often do you hear teachers requesting for smaller classes? Does grading assignments and tests for big classes make you stressed and tired? It has be proven that reducing class sizes improves grades and behavior for most students. Issues that concern the staff is that we would have to hire more teachers and find more classroom space. Reducing class sizes is a good educational effort for the students of Valley Center Schools because it would positively change the behavior in students, students will receive more one-on-one time with teachers, and our teachers would want smaller classes.
In the small environment of private schools, they have smaller classes. Many parents want their students to be able to optimize their learning as much as they can. Many send their students to private ... ... middle of paper ... ...rparts on standardized achievement tests” (CAPE). In closing, private school is a better choice for parents when choosing where to send their students. It can cost more, but has a better pay off for students who have been sent to a private school.
Although there are many pros of using computers in class, there are also some negative aspects. Many people think that computers take away the emotion in classroom. They feel like classwork should be given out by pencil and paper. Computers in class can be a huge distraction, such as playing games online in class, sending messages and etc. Using a computer in class can also give a student poor writing habits.
Regular students in school also debate to themselves to make the decision of dropping out from time to time, from the stress levels of piling assignments. Larger high schools also can be difficult for students who attend, which gives them less one-on-one attention from teachers. Immigrants even, have a much more increased chance of dropping out from school from the transition of moving from one country to another. Teachers playing a roll and becoming more helpful and understanding of trouble students have outside of school, such as connecting and being open with their students, could make the largest difference. Schools should provide programs for tutoring, mentoring, and counseling for kids to have for and outside to help them survive through school (Smink, “A Proven Solution for Dropout Pr... ... middle of paper ... ...d completing school should be one of them.
Some of them use sports as a reason to get out of doing their homework, but several teachers offer time in class, and early morning tutoring for those students who are struggling or may not have time to do assignments away from school. Although many students feel it is unnecessary and a waste of time, homework can be very beneficial to these students whenever it comes to review or test taking times. Many students feel that doing homework can be a waste of time. They think that since teachers sometimes don’t go back over the homework the next day, or whenever they collect it, if they collect it at all, that it can be considered futile. Other students deem that they could be doing something, in their mind, as more productive such as sports, or other extracurricular activities.
Their education should not be rushed because it is important for them to understand and learn everything put in front of them. High school is a time for leaning with guidance and help, and on block schedule, the teacher has the time to give that help to an individual without neglecting the class as a unit. The students are also carrying a lighter load. They have more time at home to really focus and study the material they learned at school because they take fewer classes. Students can take classes that help them reveal who they want to be, or classes that strengthen their college applications when their school is on block schedule.
Small Classrooms One of the things that many teachers at Grace Dunn Middle School complain about is the large number of students they have in each class. Likewise, I face this situation in my classes; and since the start of observation there have been a few more additions, thereby making one class twenty-five in total. There are disadvantages for teachers and students in large classes; yet schools, especially in urban districts, still allow them. Although not all large class sizes signify poor academic and social performance, classes with students that are at-risk or classified cannot provide them with proper education and attention. However, in small classrooms, teachers have better management and use more interactive teaching approaches; and students perform academically higher and exhibit positive social skills.
Overall, educators believe that these methods to create smaller classes will allow teachers to help their students (Dixon-Krauss & Januszka, 2008). Other studies have been criticized, such as the Glass & Smith study because the final report was seriously flawed and was not reliable information (Mitchell & Beach, 1990). The cost of reducing class size is enormous, which leads some schools to look for other alternatives. This included hiring more teachers, asking for volunteers, and extending the school day or year. Clearly, students overall benefit in a small classroom environment and small classes encourage a sense of family and community between students and their teachers.
Teachers, who handle students with EBD, should consider using motivational teaching strategies. It is unfortunate that most of these students are often exposed to negative experiences in school and this reduces their morale in studying and they do not feel the need to strive and excel in their academics. It is therefore required that the teacher, implements strategies that are motivational and encouraging for the students to increase their want to study and visualize success. Rewards and positive feedback from the teacher will go a long way to ensure that the student becomes a better performer and participates in class activities more often. (Lewis & Sugai, 1999)
Low ability students tend to prefer this method as it is much more forgivi... ... middle of paper ... ...mpared to a big lecture. In discussion, students should be ready to be called on since the group is smaller, but one would not expect that in a lecture hall where a student can be anonymous. To test these theories out, there would need to be two classrooms of students learning the same things, but each class would be structured differently. One class would be a lecture class, and the other class would have lectures, discussions, and daily work to keep them involved. Comparing grades and course evaluations at the end would determine which class seems to be better suited to the needs of students.