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Managing Large Class Sizes

The education budget in most districts has forced teachers to handle increased class sizes. Virtually every study on this matter has pointed to small classrooms as being most effective at teaching students the material and other life skills, especially at the elementary level. Teaching one-on-one is most effective and adding more students makes the job more difficult. However, there are strategies that teachers can master to help their students and themselves.
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Managing Large Class Sizes
  • Mark Weimer says:
    Classroom management plays a key role in dealing with large classrooms. The less time spent in disengaging activities such as transition time between subjects, dealing with disruptions, and preparing during class time, the more time can be spent engaging students.
  • Mark Weimer says:
    This video suggestions techniques for managing large classrooms, focusing on student freedom and initiative within a strong, defined structure.
  • facultyfocus.com
    facultyfocus.com

    When Teaching Large Classes, Think Like a Tutor

    7 minute read
    Mark Weimer says:
    This article suggests a rather different approach to overcoming the difficulties of a large classroom. Instead of addressing the issue with group activities, this article suggests that teach with questions and encouraging students' own metacognitive awareness can lessen the strain of a large classroom.
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    Essential Strategies for Teaching Large Classes

    5 minute read
    Mark Weimer says:
    This excellent article highlights some great strategies when faced with a large class. It summarizes common difficulties and offers suggestions that will lessen the stress on the teacher and encourage more student involvement in classroom management.
  • Mark Weimer says:
    This student created short video is a brief overview of the pros and cons of the class size. In short, smaller class sizes are more expensive but much more effective on many fronts.
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    Tools for Teaching: Managing a Large Class Size

    5 minute read
    Mark Weimer says:
    This short article gives four tips on how to handle large class sizes. It suggests how teachers can assess student understanding faster to better allocate time and how to minimize the negative effects that large classrooms can have on the teacher-student relationship.