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November 3, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Class size: My personal experience of the benefit of smaller classes

I am a student at a small college in the greater Seattle area. My whole life I attended large public schools, sitting through huge classes where teachers barely recognized my face outside of the classroom. But when it was my time to choose a college, I chose to attend a small university where teachers would remember my name and my face. There are many positives to having a smaller class along with the ones mentioned in The Seattle Times article [“Does class size matter? Research reveals surprises,” Local News, Oct. 28], but I would like to share with you three personal reasons why this has been effective in my life and many of my peers:

  • Not only do teachers know my name, they name my passions, dislikes and where I come from.
  • Because the teachers know you and your stories a wall is let down, and when you need help you feel more comfortable going to your teachers resulting in better grades.
  • You feel heard. In bigger classes, voices often are overlooked and people don’t feel like they can ask the necessary questions that are applicable at certain times. In smaller classes, there are less students asking questions so students don’t feel so timid.

Smaller classrooms are better than big classrooms. I fell heard, accepted and challenged. I fell known, important and smart.

Kaitlyn Horton, Kirkland

Comments | Topics: Class size, education, Initiative 1351

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