Students Learn More at Toronto Independent High Schools

Students Learn More at Toronto Independent High Schools

Research shows that smaller class sizes are directly related to higher student achievements. The benefits of keeping class numbers low are indisputable for students of all ages, yet public high schools in the Greater Toronto Area continue to contain classes with large numbers of students. Toronto independent high schools, on the other hand, have historically kept classes small. They know that learning flourishes in settings where students and teachers have enough time and space to do their work. 


Advantages of Small Classes


In a smaller class, the teacher can use more effective teaching techniques. Open-ended discussions, for example, are far more productive in a small-group setting. Complex projects can be assigned, as the teacher will have time to help students on an individual basis. With fewer students, a teacher can assign more writing projects and provide more in-depth feedback. Small class sizes also allow teachers to recognize learning difficulties early on and address them more easily. Special programs can be created and implemented efficiently, which would be near to impossible in a large class setting. Studies have proven that a teacher can cover far more material in a class with fewer students. 


One of the major advantages of fewer students per class is that the teacher forms closer relationships with his or her students. This enables the teacher to identify each student's strengths and weaknesses so that the curriculum material can be geared towards maximizing individual learning. The teacher is able to ensure that each student understands the class work and any homework assignments. This personal attention can give students the confidence and ability for great achievements.


A second concern is the student-to-faculty ratio. Many think this phrase refers to smaller class sizes, but in fact this number reflects the total number of students in the school in relation to the total number of faculty. This includes librarians, guidance counselors, and other school resource personnel. Top Toronto independent high schools work towards lowering both class sizes and student-to-faculty ratios to ensure that all students receive the attention they require from school staff.


Learning by Doing


One of the best teaching strategies is to allow students to "learn by doing.” If students are studying a scientific principle, it’s far more beneficial for them to do an experiment themselves than it is for them to merely watch the teacher demonstrate one. Sitting by and taking notes leads to a much shallower understanding of the concept, and chances are, details will be forgotten. Once a student actually experiences something, both learning and retention is much stronger.


With evidence mounting that small class sizes and low student-to-faculty ratios improve student academic achievement, it's clear that parents should investigate Torontoindependent schools. Why not give your child the kind of education that will help him/her maximize learning and achieve academic success?


Education is the key to a child's future success and independent schools are in the forefront of educational innovation. 

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