The Value of Small Class Sizes

One of Green Hedges School’s greatest assets is its highly-experienced faculty.  In order to ensure that each student is able to receive the maximum amount of instruction and inspiration, we maintain a low student-teacher ratio of approximately 8:1.  The low ratio also allows our teachers to support each child’s learning style as she/he emerges into a capable, confident, conscientious young adult.

Some additional benefits noted by other educational blogs include:

  • EACH STUDENT GETS NOTICED
    In a smaller class, it’s more difficult for students to hide and get left behind. Fewer students means that each one gets attention from the teacher, and they are encouraged and pushed to take part and express their opinions.
  • LEARNING IS ENHANCED
    Not only do students learn more in small classes, they also learn faster. And this means the class progresses through the course material more quickly. Their learning is enhanced by the confidence students develop to share their opinions and ask and answer questions, which also benefits their peers.
  • TEACHERS CAN TEACH
    Teachers at the front of a small class have more opportunities to observe and assess the class as a whole and the students as individuals. Learning is further enhanced when teachers and students can interact spontaneously in the classroom.
  • CLASSES BECOME A COMMUNITY
    With fewer students per class, individuals can connect more closely with their peers and become more confident and comfortable when it comes to sharing their ideas and perspectives. These connections lead to lasting friendships.
  • OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE
    Small groups mean fewer voices and that means the students those voices belong to have more chances to speak up in class. They can apply the knowledge they’ve acquired as they participate in discussions and express their opinions.
  • FOCUS ON LEARNING
    In learning environments with a limited number of students, teachers can spend more time teaching the material and less time getting the attention of those who get distracted. Teachers can also cater to students’ different learning styles and ensure that they stay engaged and understand what is being taught.
  • MORE FEEDBACK
    Teachers have more time to individualize their feedback, ensuring that each student understands the material, gets the help he or she needs, and is reaching his or her potential.
  • STUDENTS AND TEACHERS CAN WORK ONE-ON-ONE
    Students and teachers often work together one-on-one, which gives teachers the opportunity to customize instruction and guidance, and students receive their instructors’ undivided attention.
  • IDEAS ARE SHARED
    With fewer students in a class, there is more time for them to share their own ideas, express their opinions and describe their perspectives and where these come from, all of which enrich their international education abroad.

“We talk a lot about being a small school that provides a big experience and we have small classes so the most I’ve ever had in my class is 16 students. I know every student who comes to my class well before they get there—I know how they learn, I know how they function and even the most introverted or shy students are able to, in a safe, supportive environment, find their voice,” says Grade 5 teacher Stacey Vagoun.

The bottom line is small class sizes here allow us to know every student well, and as we often say “there’s no back row at Green Hedges.”  We provide a big experience with big, lasting benefits.

Source:

http://efacademyblog.ef.com/blog/2015/08/10/10-benefits-of-small-class-sizes/