In the UK, a class will typically comprise 30 mixed ability learners. If the lesson is sixty minutes long, the maximum one-to-one teacher time any student can expect to receive is therefore just two minutes – notwithstanding any routine tasks of taking registers, defining objectives, recording lateness, addressing off-task behaviour and admonishing students without pens.
In theory, excellent teaching and learning can take place in a class of any size. But, in reality, it can take a significant amount of time to produce regular, meaningful assessment feedback and thoughtfully differentiated lessons for larger learner groups.
There is no easy answer but sometimes solutions can lie in the judicious use of modern technologies, together with proven classroom management strategies.
Solutions such as NetSupport School provide teachers with the tools to monitor, control, assess and collaborate with their students, keeping them on task and maximising learning outcomes.