The more pupils in the classroom, the more the noise and distraction increases, so overcrowded classrooms are bad news for focus and concentration. And pupils with additional needs such as dyslexia may not get all the attention they need. So, what’s the solution? Are there realistic actions that schools can take to address the problems with overcrowded classrooms?
In a class of more than 30 pupils, a shift in approach may sometimes be necessary. Identifying the students who may need extra help is an important first step; these pupils could then be grouped together in a smaller class, or if that’s not possible, offered more attention from a teaching assistant. Structure becomes more important when teaching larger numbers, and a fast pace with lots to engage the students can help keep everyone’s attention on track.
Using technology to bridge the gap
In an ideal world, additional staffing would be introduced to tackle pupil-teacher ratios, but without money in the budget to make this happen, teaching aids can provide some assistance. Interactive tablets can allow pupils to make a contribution at the touch of a screen – so, for example, you could hold a class poll that every member in the class can take part in, without fear of standing up in front of a crowd or feeling self-conscious.
Using low cost technology
Knowledge charger considers a low cost technology to help in the learning industry if used wisely.