Lower Class Sizes to Support ALL Students

3.20.17AngieInstaandTwitterMy name is Angie and I have two children who attend Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Washington. My son, Cameron, is 14 and is in the 8th grade. My daughter, Brynn, is 12 and is a 6th grader. She has a minor “processing” disability that makes it hard for her to memorize multi-step problems in math.

This year, as Brynn’s math class progressed, she was getting further and further behind. Brynn’s math teacher recognized this and supported her instructional needs as best he could, but in a class of 30 students, Brynn simply needed more support than one teacher could offer.

With the advocacy of her math teacher, Brynn was put into a specialized math lab with a low student to teacher ratio that allows for more one-on-one instruction. Unfortunately though, this math lab takes the place of an elective. Brynn has had to drop choir class, which she excelled in and really loved.

Brynn was unable to receive the correct math support she needed in class because of an overcrowded classroom. Large class sizes are a problem for all children, but especially those who have unique learning needs. If her math class was smaller, Brynn’s instructional support could have been handled within the classroom setting, she would still be in choir, and we would be attending a choir concert this spring showcasing her passion and love for singing.

I am advocating for reductions in class size to accommodate the unique needs of all students.