What comes to your mind if asked to list the factors that impact the learning outcome of students? Surely, it will be something along the lines of how well the students are being taught, how well they are preparing for their courses, their practical understanding of the subject matter, and more so. Isn’t it? But what most people fail to recognise is that along with the factors listed above, another very important aspect that determines the learning outcomes and the performance of students is the student-teacher ratio maintained in class.
Now, if you go by the glossary of education reform, the student-teacher ratio refers to “the relationship between the number of students enrolled in a school, and the number of full-time equivalent teachers employed by the school.” We, at Vidsan Charterhouse, recognised as the Best IB Board School in Delhi NCR, have always maintained a low student-teacher ratio of 1:8 as we have evidently seen the multiple benefits it has shown for our students. So, today we will outline some of the reasons why we have always been a strong believer in the importance of maintaining a low student-teacher ratio in class.
It offers the opportunity to provide individualised attention to each learner
Let us start this discussion with the most obvious benefit of a low student-teacher ratio, and that is the opportunity of offering personalised attention to each child. It helps the teachers to be more attuned to the weaknesses and fortes of the students, and thus, enables us to stand in a better position to help them reach their learning goals.
It gives us the ability to tailor the instructions individually
Low student-teacher ratio allows the teachers to know better when children understand the material and when they are finding it difficult. It helps us tailor the instructions individually and address the concerns of each student better since nothing escapes our eyes in a class of only 20 students.
It lets our students participate increasingly in the class interactions
It is noticed that in smaller class settings, students find it easier to express themselves and partake more in the class interactions. We believe learning is not all about constantly teaching them the materials from the books. The feedback we receive in the form of increased class interactions help us in understanding how to meet their learning needs.
It fosters a better class culture of co-operation and cohesiveness
Students in larger class settings often end up forming groups, rather than having a strong bond with each of their classmates. This is what we aim to do away at our institution because a cohesive culture in the classroom is important in ensuring that children also aid each other in improving their academic outcomes.
It enables the teachers to impart knowledge in a more detailed manner
In a small class, students are noticeably more focused and engaged, and there are lesser distractions taking their mind away from the work at hand. It helps our students to dive deep into the topics, as the teachers dedicate themselves in helping each child learn it better and get it right.
The end result is seen in the form of great academic performances
All the aspects we mentioned about a low student-teacher ratio ultimately culminate into better academic performances for our students. Research suggests that a student from a smaller class has at least 8% better reading score than one who is in a medium-sized class. There is increased attention overall on the subject matter by the students and on the students by the teachers, and the learning outcomes eventually turn out to be great.
We, at Vidsan Charterhouse, have always believed that for a child to grow to his/her utmost potential, he/she needs constant attention and support from the mentors. And, that is exactly what we have always aimed to deliver by having a low student-teacher ratio and smaller class settings at our school. It makes us immensely proud to share that the effect of maintaining a low student-teacher ratio is consistently being reflected in the form of the glorious academic performances of our students, and it further emphasises the success of the teaching approaches adopted by us.