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Joan Reinthaler

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Registered: 12/6/04
class size
Posted: Oct 10, 1995 10:53 PM
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So much of what an ideal class size is depends on who the kids are. For
my Junior honors class I would much rather have 25 kids than 10 kids (our
average class size is about 16). They are motivated and able and the
energy and variety of ideas available when there are more rather than
fewer kids is wonderful. However I also have an algebra 2 class of kids
who have had a history of real trouble with learning in general and with
math in particular. There are just 6 in the class. There is time to
address each kid's needs. The atmosphere is quiet, supportive and
non-competative and the kids learn and are successful. It is an
atmosphere that would drive the other kids nuts just as the electricity
of the honors class would scare the slower kids to death.
I suspect that the more able and homogeneous the group, the
more sense larger classes make and it doesn't seem to me that anything I
have said should be new or surprising.

Joan Reinthaler
Sidwell Friends School

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