It isn’t uncommon for traditional public schools to have 25 or more students in a class. Even for students who do well in school, parents often wonder if their child is getting lost in the shuffle.
While some children, and teachers, do just fine in large classes, others need a smaller setting for a variety of reasons. From helping students effectively grasp the concepts being taught to improved social interactions, there are many benefits to small class sizes.
What Are The Benefits To A Small Class Setting?
Not all children learn the same way, and at the same pace. With smaller class sizes, teachers get to know each student as an individual and assess the student’s learning style. If a child is struggling to understand a lesson or not responding to a particular style of teaching, teachers can identify this early on and employ additional approaches to help the student.
Teachers are also able spend more time answering questions and helping students understand the material in a way that resonates with them.
If your child is easily distracted, a class with fewer students can have a big impact.
Smaller classes have fewer distractions for many reasons including a quieter room – even less noise from papers getting shuffled around or fewer pencils being sharpened can help a child stay focused. Teachers are also able to answer students’ questions faster, address distractions when they first begin and spend more time keeping students engaged instead of managing the class or spending time on discipline issues.
With fewer kids in a class the teacher can engage the entire class in discussions or conversations about the lesson. It isn’t the same group of kids who always speak up while the others stay quiet or are afraid to answer. In small classes everyone has a chance to be heard and benefit from what their peers are saying as well. Not only does this help students learn the material, they are also learning interpersonal and decision-making skills that help prepare them for life outside the classroom.
At Brook Road Academy we utilize the conversational approach. Our teachers don’t lecture, instead they lead a discussion that invites participation which helps to build our students’ confidence in their abilities and in themselves. If you drop in on a typical class you will see how our teachers make a special point of welcoming a wide range of opinions. Students learn that it’s okay to take a chance to offer a different viewpoint and join the discussion.
This approach benefits many types of students, including those with diagnoses such as ADHD, depression and Asperger’s Syndrome as the environment provides opportunities for positive social interactions they won’t find in most traditional school settings in the Richmond area.
Contact us to learn more about our approach or find out how a small private school like Brook Road Academy can benefit your child.