Small classes allow Finnish students to receive extra help, especially those who are struggling. The focused attention allows for all students to excel rather than fall behind.
In schools, class sizes can range from anywhere from 18 to 35 students, meaning teachers having to split their time equally between 4 to 7 groups of 5 students. Given the choice, all teachers would prefer and be more productive with one group of 5 students where they would be directing and facilitating that group 100% of the time.
Our school has a maximum of 5 students in a class. The class will never increase above this teacher-student ratio. The smaller class density means teachers focus on your child. The student participation is vastly increased with low class sizes.
Such class sizes will ensure more detailed care and attention by the teacher with the student. The teachers are also more invested individually to ensure that a student succeeds. Small classes allow students to receive extra help, especially those who are struggling. The focused attention allows for all students to excel rather than fall behind.
Students feel more secure in smaller classes. With less judgement and a greater trust, students feel more comfortable taking academic risks, offering opinions and answering questions. The reflection and discussion that follows this, allows for greater understanding and growth. Increased student participation means active learning and translates to higher achievement.