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Sam Evers

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Re: Class Size
Posted: Oct 11, 1995 12:11 PM
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Magic number - schmagic number! If you have a group of highly
motivated kids you can teach to as large a class as you can fit in a
room. I'm not really disagreeing with anyone, sure there are
circumstances where its better to have smaller classes - and God knows
its easier on the teacher. But I like what Joan Reinthaler said. If
you've got a group of kids that have a good background and are willing
to work, then the more the better. And if you've got a bunch of kids
with serious weaknesses, then there's no way you're going to be able
to teach effectively to more than just a few. To me its as simple as
that. But then again I'm a simple person - I still teach like they
did in the dark ages - lecture, examples, practice. Funny thing is my
students manage to pass - most even do well.

Oh, and in case anyone is interested, last night I taught a review
session to well over two hundred students, every one of which left
with a better understanding of intermediate algebra/precalculus.
Again, it's a matter of motivation. These were college freshmen and
sophomores who were attending voluntarily, and scared to death of
failing Test 2 - so they were definitely a motivated bunch.

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