WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SMALL CLASS SIZES?
1. Each Student Gets Individualized Attention
In a smaller class, it is more difficult for students to hide and get left behind in their development, especially while learning a second language. Having fewer students means that each one can get the individualized attention they need from their teacher. They are also encouraged to take part in discussions and driven to express their opinions as they acquire a second language.
2. Better Academic Results and College Outcomes
Research has shown that students in smaller classes have higher grades and perform better on their university entrance exams and college outcomes in their future than classrooms with more than 24 students a class.
3. Student Learning is Enhanced
Not only do students learn more in small classes, but they also learn faster. This means the class progresses through the course material more quickly. Their learning is enhanced by the confidence that students develop in smaller groups. They are encouraged to share their opinions and ask and answer questions, which also benefits their peers.
4. 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.
5. 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. At a multicultural school, students will respect and connect with peers who are from different cultures and countries – a skill that is very important in the globalized 21st century. At Washburn 79% of students are from Puerto Rico, 13% of students are from International backgrounds, and 8% of students from the U.S. mainland.
6. Opportunities to participate
Small groups mean fewer voices, which means the students those voices belong to have more chances to speak up in their class. They can apply the knowledge they’ve acquired as they participate in discussions.
7. Focus on Learning
In learning environments with a limited number of students, teachers can spend more time teaching the material and less time trying to regain the attention of those who are easily distracted. Teachers can also cater to students’ different learning styles and ensure that they stay engaged and understand what is being taught.
8. More Feedback
Teachers have more time to individualize their feedback, ensuring that each student understands the material, can get the help they need, and can reach his or her potential.
9. 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 mentors’ undivided attention.
10. 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. They can really dive into where these ideas come from and enrich their international education abroad. Which means even shy students have the chance to embrace their ideas and share them with the peers.