There are 70 minutes, 1 teacher, 40 students, and last but not least, budget cuts. Canada isn’t any different when it comes to big classrooms.
Here’s a scenario. Let’s say that the teacher spends approximately 10 minutes with each student. Sometimes the duration is shorter but I have concluded that 8 minutes is the average. From the given time period which is 70 minutes, about 10 minutes are used up for introductions so there are 60 minutes remaining for one on one help.
After you’ve done the simple math, you’ll see how many students have received personal help from the teacher in a given time period of 70 minutes. It’s unbelievable. Out of 40 students, only 7 or 8 students have received help. That is equivalent to around 20% of the class meaning that 80% of the class has been left out. These numbers haven’t been made up to antagonize the public schooling system and instead, are from my English classes.
Let’s face reality. Most teachers aren’t the issue. To be honest, the teachers that I’ve met aren’t bad at teaching and I’ve learnt that they’re hardworking and dedicated teachers. So when they’re with a student, they’re inclined to stay with them for a longer period of time so all questions are answered. I believe teaching should stay this way but when an issue is present, teachers need to make unwanted sacrifices.
Recently, I’ve talked to some fellow American students in New Jersey and they thought that 25 students was a large classroom. After hearing what I’ve went through, some of them were shocked. Of course I was talking to the privileged kids in New Jersey because some other states weren’t doing so well at the moment and it continues to stay the same.
Hopefully, Premier Notley’s residency will help relieve some of the budget cuts that Jim Prentice was acting upon if he stayed in his seat. However, it’s still not enough.
My little introduction to the classroom size might be over but let’s not forget the numbers. Let’s not even call them numbers because these are students’ lives at stake. These are students that want to learn but are discouraged when they’ve noticed that the teacher hasn’t even made it across the classroom.
What is your opinion on this subject? Are you experiencing oversized classroom problems? Please let me know in the comments.