Exploring the many options available to you and finding the ideal Learning Environment for your child is an important step in making sure they are receiving the best education for them. A student’s learning environment influences their ability to focus and retain information, both crucial to receiving a high-quality education.
Learning environment also has the power to make or break their schooling experience. A child’s experience in school has the ability to define their view of learning for the rest of their lives. For this reason, it is important that parents and teachers go out of their way to make the school experience of each child a good one.
One of the most important factors when it comes to the ideal learning environment is class size. While every student can benefit from some group lessons alongside scholars with similar interests, most students work best when most of their schooling is done via one-on-one lessons. This ensures the teacher is focused solely on the one student in the room and all lessons are based on the student’s strengths, weaknesses, and pace of learning. Large class sizes tend to be detrimental to most—if not all—students, as it is difficult for instructors to focus on all the children in the class and cater to their needs.
Peer pressure is a huge factor when deciding on the best learning environment for a particular child. Many children are very susceptible to the pressures of their friends and classmates, while others may be able to brush such things off without a problem.
Because it is imperative that scholars are focused on their schooling and not the other children around them, it is crucial that parents take their child’s personality into account when looking at class sizes. Too many kids in a classroom often leads to students becoming distracted by social pressures and the desire to fit in or “be cool”. In small class sizes and individual instruction settings this hurdle is virtually removed from the picture, allowing students to leave behind the pressures of other kids and focus on improving themselves instead.
When choosing a learning environment for a young person, the attention span of the student should be taken into account. Some children do well working for 2–3 hours at a time without a break, while others need to work in 15-minute segments with some sort of small break in between. In the traditional classroom setting it is all but impossible to provide each student with the lesson length they require. For this reason, it is important to find a school, class, and teacher that cater to your child’s particular attention span or look for individual instruction for the student.
Individual instruction is often the most logical way to go if your child’s attention span doesn’t conform to what traditional classrooms deem “normal”. This is because teachers working with one student at a time have the freedom to work in blocks of time that take advantage of each child’s best focus time and allow each student the breaks they need to only work when they are at their personal best.
Another important consideration when exploring environments for your student’s learning is rigor of instruction. While some students may need a rigorous school schedule and lesson plan to feel they are moving ahead, others may prefer to take a slightly slower approach so they can really absorb all the information provided. Children who are still working on learning the English language will need a less rigorous approach in order to have time to comprehend lessons in a language that may still feel foreign to them.
Every student has a different approach to learning, and it is important that these unique traits are taken into account. This can only truly be done in a one-on-one class setting, and teachers working in a group setting must take every student’s needs into account and attempt to average out the lessons to suit the majority of children in the class. Therefore, if your child requires a pace that is faster or slower than average and has a very hard time adjusting to the pace of a class, it is generally best to explore one-on-one lesson options.
Finding the right learning environment for your child not only allows for improvements in school work, but also boosts the self-confidence of children who might otherwise believe there is something wrong with their way of learning. Therefore, it is highly important that parents look carefully at their options before choosing a school for their child and reassess as their child grows.
If you are interested in finding small class sizes and one-on-one lessons for your child, please contact us at Tenney School.