Often in large crowds, our voice cannot be heard. The same is true in a large student to teacher ratio. The smaller ratio found in many private schools can greatly benefit the students’ academics and social/ emotional development. Individualized attention to the students allows for greater growth. The teachers truly get to know each student, which is seen especially true at the Gordon School.
Our average class size is about 14 students. The benefit to a small class size includes students being noticed, enhanced learning and the class becoming a community. In our smaller class sizes, our students are seen and heard by the teacher and their peers. This is evident during parent-teacher conferences when the teacher is able to elaborate and detail specific examples for each student. No student feels left out during discussions, activities or performances. Being heard increases the confidence in each student ultimately enhancing their learning and school environment. Students tend to learn the material faster in smaller class sizes due to fewer distractions within the classroom. At the Gordon School, each child is encouraged to voice their opinion, participate in class discussions and ask questions throughout every lesson and meaningful activity. With a smaller class, our teachers are able to use creative materials and lessons to teach concepts. Last week our Fourth Graders worked together to color and complete a puzzle in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and this week our Kindergarteners used index cards as a way to measure objects throughout their classroom.
These class activities with all students involved lead to a strong community amongst the students. They are comfortable and happy upon arriving in their classroom every morning. Their smiles, hugs, and laughter make their ability to learn easier. The release of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin have positive effects on the children’s memory and the brain’s capability to learn. Our Kindergarten students earn class coins when receiving compliments from other teachers and administrators. Their sense of working together as a collective to earn rewards has only brought their friendships closer. The students in all grades are constantly arranging playdates after school and attending school and synagogue events together. At the Gordon School, the community created by the students extends to the parents7 leading to lifelong friendships.
Interested in joining the Gordon School community? Make an appointment to tour our school and learn more about our program via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 305.854.3282 ext 242.