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The Benefits Of Small Class Sizes

In today’s day and age, it’s not uncommon for class sizes to reach numbers that top 20 students. This can be beneficial.

However, it can also be problematic and lack benefits, depending on the students in the class and individual personalities.

So, what are the benefits of smaller class sizes, then? Here are a few.

Classrooms become a community

It’s easier for students to connect with their classmates and teachers when there are fewer people to make connections and form bonds with.

Smaller class sizes allow the classroom to become a community, making it easier to make friends, focus on work, learn, and build social skills.

One on one time

With fewer students in the classroom, teachers’ time is spread less thinly among them. This means that each student can benefit from one-on-one time with teachers – more so than he or she would in a large, busy classroom.

Every student is noticed

Often, in larger classes, there are a handful of students who seemingly “slip between the cracks”. That is, who don’t get noticed and who don’t speak up/share their opinions.

In smaller classes, students are encouraged to participate in discussions.

Fewer disruptions

When a classroom has 20 plus students in it, it’s hard for teachers to keep control of the class. Even the most organized, loved teachers have hard days that seem to be more discipline than learning.

Having a smaller class size can cut down on the amount of disruptions that a classroom has each day, leaving more room for learning.

Even better yet, a smaller class size means fewer distinct personalities and personality clashes, which, quite frankly, are bound to occur regularly.

Coursework adaptations are easier

In large classes, it’s harder to alter the way materials are taught. Not only is there too many students to truly sit and get to know, but there’s also a wider variety of learning styles to adhere to.

In a smaller class, teachers can get to know students more quickly and work to find a set of coursework presentation styles that work for the majority of the students.

In addition, the coursework itself can be altered. For example, if a group of students is already great at adding? The teacher can quickly go over it, do a bit of refreshing, and then move on to another subject. 

Personalized feedback

When there are fewer students work to mark, teachers have more time to go over the work with the students.

This means that the student gets more thorough, personalized feedback that helps them moving forward.

A happy teacher

Generally, smaller class sizes mean less stress on the teacher. Less stress means that the teacher in question is likely to be in a better mood, less stressed out, and enjoy his or her job more than he/she would otherwise.

This benefits the students because a happy teacher and an overall happy atmosphere within the classroom is conducive to efficient learning, problem solving, and relationship building.

Technology and learning in the early years

Technology is all around us today and even in our youngest children’s lives. In recent times, many discussions and debates have made their way around the world around the challenge that parents face when they inevitably have to introduce and manage technology with their own children at home.

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Did you know?

As high as 40% of families with children under eight years old own some kind of tablet or device!

This insight gives rise to the following question

What role does technology play in early childhood environments?          

As we move forward as a technology steeped society, on the positive side many teachers believe that technology does have a place in early childhood environments. While many educators have never received the necessary training for using technology in a structured effective way or feel confident in their abilities with technology, the trend suggests that there’s a big opportunity for teachers to up-skill and the need for a framework to equip educators with the basics and competencies to carry out effective education, in a fun, new age way.

However, although teachers believe in the value and benefits of technology in learning, there tends to be a lack of technology on the curriculum. So I believe that, technology as a subject and also as a tool that children can use in their formative years should be part of their learning in order to best equip them for today’s world. Besides that, many secondary schools and all universities and colleges use the latest in computer hardware and software so there’s no better time to give children a head start equipping them academically with a skill to take with them later in school and indeed in life.

The caveats

  • Screen viewing time that children have with devices and what this means for them in early childhood environments
  • Potential adverse effects of technology on the reading habits of children
  • The correlation between obesity in children and using technology
  • The relationship between technology and playing


From what I can see, one thing is for sure – that technology is here for the long haul and teachers’ challenge lies in better understanding how it can be embraced in supporting children’s development and learning. Teachers are open to technology assisted learning but more emphasis should be placed on supporting it financially and on the training of teachers in how to use technology for teaching.

3 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers

As teachers, we are always striving to find more effective ways to plan our lessons, complete our marking and spend less time behind our desks. There are so many guides out there that present all the different things you can do to become an ace teacher, but really it boils down to 3 main things

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  1. Put the students at the centre of their practice

Every teacher is taught that they should plan from specifications and then create objectives, what is it that you want the student to learn?

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