Ever felt the agony of not being able to interact with the teacher in a classroom packed with students; especially when you are an awkward introvert? If you have, we feel you.
The size of classrooms has distinct effects on the learning process. In fact, classroom sizes have always been a topic of debate for education experts. Many experts believe that smaller classrooms have more positive effects on the learning process. In a classroom consisting of less than 25-30 students, the students have more access to the teacher which makes clearing doubts easier for the students. However, to say that bigger classrooms have no advantages at all can be considered a careless mistake.
So, what exactly are the advantages and disadvantages of bigger classrooms and smaller classrooms for the students and teachers? Let’s find out in this blog!
Pros and Cons of a Bigger Classrooms:
Bigger classrooms are considered to be inconvenient and disengaging. But actually, such classroom settings have several benefits when it comes to academic education. Apart from being economically convenient, bigger classrooms are a great way to make education accessible in even the most resource-scarce locations.
In a bigger classroom where there are more group-based activities, the students tend to develop better collaborative skills. Such classrooms also tend to have a range of different opinions. Bigger classrooms can however be inconvenient for the teachers to handle.
Also, when there are too many students, most teachers find it difficult to actually connect with the students.
Pros and Cons of a Smaller Classrooms:
Smaller classrooms, when managed by a great teacher, can enable students to flourish academically. With better individual access to the teacher, smaller classrooms can be way more beneficial to students with different learning capabilities.
Smaller classrooms help teachers experiment and understand new teaching methods better. This leads to better communication between teachers and students.
But, when the class sizes get smaller, the need to have more classrooms, qualified teachers and teaching materials increases. Besides the costs, the individual focus in a smaller classroom can get overwhelming to the students if the class is too small in size.
There are plenty of advantages and disadvantages to both bigger classrooms and smaller classrooms. The unique advantages of both of these classroom settings make them valid. However, the key to achieving truly optimum results in school and helping the students be academically more successful without hurting their mental health is to strike the perfect balance between having too many students or too less students in the classroom.
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