Benefits of Having Small Class Sizes In Elementary Schools

October 10, 2019
written by Angie Prieto, Ideal School

When children begin elementary school, they join a completely new world that will allow them to enter into endless new adventures and experiences. Nevertheless, it can be a bit overwhelming for students if they have to share the classroom with a very large number of people. For that reason, currently, some institutions have been dedicated to working with a “small group” method that brings many benefits to the education of each person.

Among its most outstanding advantages are:

– Much more selective attention: many people consider that educational systems that work with small groups encourage personalized education. This is because the teacher will have the opportunity to pay more attention to all the students in a particular way since he will not have to deal with dozens of them.

– Better evaluation: the teacher is still a key piece in the learning process, so this method will allow him or her to evaluate with much more precision if the strategy they are using is providing the desired results, likewise, work with small class groups will help the tutor to have better conditions to analyze the specific qualities of each student and their performance.

– Dynamic activities with greater integration.

Groups with a small number of students favor the integration of members. This happens for two reasons, the first one is thanks to the fact that a collaborative environment is created among all the members, and the second reasons is related to socialization factors, for example, a shy student feels more comfortable participating if there are few people. In addition to this, teaching methods that are based on small groups have a greater tendency to develop activities with more dynamism and creativity.

– Results achieved in less time: the individualized approach that this type of education follows, gives students the opportunity to progress much faster and more effectively thanks to the fact that they participate more, have greater access to content and can maintain direct contact with the teacher for longer. It is proven that a student who receives more personalized attention regarding a specific topic can understand it much more easily.

– Confidence and resolution of doubts: one of the difficulties faced by school-age children with more frequency is shyness. Many of them are not able to express if they do not understand a lesson or have any questions in class, so, as a result, that part of the information is lost. When it comes to small class groups, students are thoroughly guided and they always feel more confident to ask the teacher or a classmate for assistance to solve doubts and concerns in a timely manner.

– Conversation as a fundamental pillar: although many people do not take it into account, the conversation is one of the fundamental elements of every educational process. In other words, a student must actively interact during their classes in order to obtain a bigger amount of information and understand the content in a better way. Small class groups motivate students to talk more and interact with the rest of their classmates. The main idea of ​​this method is that the student can participate and, at the same time, apply the knowledge learned.

The factors that dictate the number of students that each group should have depend on the type of academy in charge of the educational process. An online school usually has smaller class groups than a traditional school. Moreover, the type of content to be taught should also be considered; the more personalized the teaching is, the better a child can learn to speak or write in another language, for example, and it also happens with other subjects.

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