Does the amount of students in a classroom matter? Many people have many different opinions. Some say the more students the better while others believe otherwise.
Elena Hussein, a 7th grader says “I think that if there is a lot of students in a classroom, it can affect the learning for each
student, because there will have a hard time and they won’t be able to listen when there is a lot of students in a classroom.” Learning can sometimes have its own stairway, but for every stair you will have to complete a different task to succeed to the next stair.
On the other hand, Ahlam Shohatee, an 8th grader attending Unis Middle School, disagrees and thinks that the amount of students in a classroom doesn’t matter. Ahlam says,“I don’t think that the amount of students in a classroom can affect learning, because with a lot of people in a classroom you would have a good amount of help you would need.”As the saying goes,“the more the merrier.”
While Emily Matash, a language arts teacher, says it from her point of view.“Yes, the amount of students in my classroom impacts learning. When the class is large, (above 25) it is much more difficult to give individual help. You have to grade more papers, which gives you less time to plan engaging lessons.” Teachers can’t always interact with the students if there are many kids in a classroom which will make it harder for the teacher, also for the students to understand the lesson(s).
Matash likes to have many activities done to help the students learn an understand the lesson’s better, whether it’s a large or small class. Emily added,”In my opinion, I would like to have small amounts of students per class. This way each student can get the help they need and my lessons can be more fun and engaging.”
Many students have had or have a hard time learning in class because the large class size. Elena Hussein says,“From my ex
perience, I would prefer having a small amount of students in one classroom because if there is a lot of students in one classroom it will be hard to learn the lessons as a large group.” Elena Hussein also noticed and says,“I’ve noticed students doing well in a class, and that is because it was a small class. It is easier to understand the material better.”
Emily Matash, as a teacher, has noticed one thing that most students do when having a hard time. “Most often, it is a student who needs help and they are not getting everything they need. In return, they usually act out behaviorally. Then, other students who are followers start to act out.” Most of us in this world are followers than leaders, which needs to change.
Ahlam Shohatee talked about how classes should be. Ahlam Shohatee said “With the right amount of students in a classroom you could pass the class with the proper grade with all the guidance you have had in your class from the students and the tecacher.” Ahlam also says, that she hasn’t noticed any students that have been affected by the class size whether they were in a small class or large class.
“No students show the benefit of larger class sizes. …Test scores go down while discipline problems go up.”- Bj Brooks
Unis Middle School Journalist