Teachers, students have class concerns

Isabella Arenas

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As the bell rings, hundreds of students make their way into first period class. Within minutes classes are packed, some with up to 38 students. Especially in high school, dozens of classes are filled with many students, in that class lots of noise, crowdedness, and sometimes not even enough seats.

In such huge classes, many have complained and argued that it is at risk for creating a difficult learning environment and added on stress to some students. Not only do students experience the real struggle of an overly sized class, but so do teachers who have to spend time settling down the class and taking attendance, and re arranging students to prevent talking and more noise. Overall, big classes can affect someone’s learning environment in many ways.

“Some classes I have are crowded and hard to get up and do things,” sophomore Gabriel Rivera said. “Most of my classes are pretty big but the biggest I have is about 35 students and a few don’t have a seat for themselves.”

Many students over the years have said that standing in front of big classes can be really nerve racking when in comes to presenting a project or simply explaining a problem. With this, many students don’t want to participate in presenting assignments because of the stress caused by too much people in the room. In smaller classes students can be able to share ideas and ask questions about topics with less pressure put on them. Since students feel more motivated to participate in small classes, they tend to get more out of it.

“It can be really noisy and hard to concentrate in big classes,” junior Miranda Talamantes said. “I noticed with smaller classes you can more likely get work done and it can even be easier to present assignments since there are not so many people staring at you.”

In large classes, teachers have been seen struggling to a point where problems may have been arising. Because a teachers’ time is so valuable, especially with many students, they can further struggle to address these problems. In a small class, teachers can have the chance to spend more individual time with their students and become more understanding of different students’ strengths and weaknesses. Plenty of teachers have mentioned having a less amount of students can give students a higher chance of passing the class and not having to worry about summer school.

“Big classes can be extremely frustrating, just by even trying to get everyone quiet so I can start the lesson,” math teacher Sydney Johnson said. “It could be hard and makes me a bit sad that I’m not able to get around and help everyone sometimes.”

According to both teachers and students’ small classes can be easier on both students and teachers to get to their yearly goals. Such as, passing a class or having your students pass. It can also help with concentration and overall just performing great.