How Can Reducing Class Size Create a Better Teaching and Learning Experience?

Former office converted into a classroom at Roosevelt HS.  <em>Photo by, Foxotography</em>
WELA YMCA Youth Institute, is part of the Building Healthy Communities (BHC) initiative funded by The California Endowment. Youth are exploring and investigating how the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) can empower and improve their local school communities.

Team Foxotography:

Daniel Vazquez
Eduardo Gonzalez
Claudia Espinoza

We hope to see smaller classes at our school. When classes are too big students can slip down grades because teachers are too stressed with so many students. Besides that, if a class is too big for the room, it can become a safety hazard.

With smaller classes students will be able to get more one-on-one attention and support from their teacher. Students will improve their grades and graduate from high school in higher numbers. Smaller classes will also provide a safer space for students and teachers, with more room to work and learn. It will be easier for teachers to see what all the students are doing.

We want to talk to people at our school to get their opinions and ideas regarding this issue. Do a prevention on the issue to highlight it's importance to students, teachers and the entire school community.

We propose using the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) funds to hire more instructors for classes that have fewer teachers including, computer science, college prep, ceramics, and A plus certification.

Ultimately we want to change how big classrooms are and have more teachers helping students. Classrooms should be a total of 15-20 students. Any more students and there should be another teacher for that class or move the students to another classroom of the same subject.

Claudia and Daniel

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