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Class sizes @ MV

Students in a classroom

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Ellie Keesling

Students in a classroom

Ellie Keesling

Ellie Keesling

Students in a classroom

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According to the Mt. Vernon Corporation, the average number of students in classes has been determined to be 25. I know that the number raises more than a few eyebrows for students and teachers alike.

While some classes seem to have far too many students in them, some classes can still function with an abundance of students, but the question is how well.

“Some classes are too big, but I think it depends on the class,” said Jaici Wright, 12.  “Bigger English and math classes are ok. It’s ok to have a bigger class because there are more opinions in the room. It makes it easier for classmates that are struggling. With other subjects, it is different. In some classes, you learn better with a small group.”

The class size can hurt students’ learning environments.

“Teachers aren’t able to come around and work with each individual student,” said Samantha Bennett, 12.

Other students believe class sizes are perfect and prefer them to stay the way they are.

“Class sizes are at a perfect size,” said Emily Hupp, 12. “It is easier to learn with more people because you can help each other out. It also lets students connect with each other.”

Having so many students in certain classes is difficult for some of the teachers.

“I have 42 kids in my adult roles class,” said Ms. Reister. “I did not have enough seats. We had to borrow desks and books. There are only supposed to be 25 in a foods class, and there are 35 students in mine right now. I can’t alternate food lab days. It is just because we only have so many staff members.”

Classes that have specific labs that need to be done have a difficult time with overloaded classes.

“Safety is the biggest challenge because I have to split my labs in between two days,” said Mr. Zelencik. “It is hard to keep the pacing down while allowing for extra lab days. I have 33 students [in ACP Chemistry] and it limits one-on-one time.”

The counselors also know that class sizes are too big, but there is not much that can be done about it.

“It gets so tricky sometimes,” said Mrs. Johnson. “We just have to put students where the classes are available.”

Class sizes vary from type of class and popularity, and the block schedule makes it hard to always get an even amount of students in each class offered.

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  1. Carly McWilliams on October 29th, 2018 1:17 AM

    Great article Emme!! Keep it up girl!!!

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