small class sizes

theflyingglassofmilk  asked:

So I'm seriously looking at a college that doesn't have a big arts program, but I love literally everything else about it. I really want to go into the arts, but it's an extremely small program (as in I'd be working with around 4-5 students usually). But I love the study abroad program, the campus, the people, and everything else. Do you have any advice? (Idk what you'd say... you don't have to answer this if you don't want to it's kind of a weird question)

Hmmm do you know anyone else who’s taken that program in the past? If so can you talk to them about it? Is there a high rate of employability after graduation? Is there good networking within the program despite a small class size? Small class sizes are both a blessing a curse - blessing in that you get to work one-on-one a lot with the instructor, and a curse in that maybe there won’t be enough networking opportunities within the program, so in that case you’d have to network outside of the program. I would go with it if you love everything about the program! You can make it work :D

Hedgehog Opens School for Underprivileged Youth

After a stint as an English teach in the public school system, Albert Spinestein the hedgehog became increasingly frustrated with the inequality of education.

“He saw a lot of kids falling through the cracks,” says Henry Diamond, the superintendent in the district where Spinestein taught for three years. “Every kid should get the same quality of education, but unfortunately, that’s just not the case.”

So Spinestein struck out on his own, and with some family money and donations from the community, opened Hedge County Day School.

“We focus on small class sizes and conscientious enrichment,” says Elena Brogen, a teacher who has taken on two classrooms at the new school, which serves grades one through eight. “We have the time to work one on one with young hedgehogs who need special attention. Just because you’re struggling in school doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a shot at a great education.”

Via AlbertSpinestein

Learn to teach Earth and space science in New York City through the Master of Arts in Teaching Urban Residency Program at the American Museum of Natural History; the first urban teacher residency program offered by a museum.

  • Full-time 15 month program with stipend
  • Small class sizes and one-on-one mentoring
  • Science coursework at a world-class museum
  • Learn to teach in a supportive nurturing environment
  • Work alongside scientists and urban teachers
  • Graduate with real-world teaching experience
  • Ongoing professional support following graduation

Share your passion for science and learning. Learn more on our website, or during a webinar on Wednesday, January 14.

Daddy 5SOS Preference: Teased

Can you do one in the Daddy-verse where the kids are teased because their dads are in 5sos? 

A/N: Enjoy! I love you all and thank you for all your support!


Kayla was one of, if not the, biggest 5 Seconds of Summer fan. She had been since the day she was born, Luke was sure. And she took every chance possible to tell it, too. Since she attended the same small charter school all the 5SOS children did, there was a small class size and everyone knew each other. So everyone just kind of knew that Kayla idolized her dad and that she was proud of him.

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The E-mail Relationship

In high school, with small class sizes and the same classes every day for an entire academic year, it was incredibly easy to maintain a relationship with my teachers. In college, classes are bigger, meet less frequently, and only last for a semester. It is MUCH harder to develop a relationship with professors, especially with a full course load and packed schedule. Office hours are a wonderful opportunity to meet your professors and get questions answered, but my schedule often makes it impossible for me to attend them. However, I have developed healthy working relationships with my professors with “The E-mail Relationship.”

The E-mail Relationship is perfect for the busy student who doesn’t have time to meet with a professor on a regular basis but still wishes to show interest in the class or ask questions outside of the classroom. Here are some important “dos” and “don’ts” of The E-mail Relationship.

  • DO e-mail your professor with any questions or concerns you have about the course.
  • DON’T send your professor kiss-up e-mails that will just clog up their inbox.
  • DO e-mail your professor as far in advance as possible to notify them of any absences or tardiness (preferably for excused absences and stating that official documentation will be forthcoming).
  • DON’T e-mail your professor during class or on the morning of an exam and expect to be excused (barring extreme circumstances, of course; regardless, though, a succinct, honest e-mail explaining why you were late/absent and apologizing even when the absence/tardiness is unexcused shows maturity and responsibility).
  • DO use e-mail as a straightforward, efficient way to reach your professors.
  • DON’T make your e-mails several pages long with unnecessary information.
  • DO use proper grammar and formal writing in your e-mails to a professor. Your address and writing style should be professional. (Let your professor initiate/invite friendly e-mails. Always start formally and adjust as you see fit. Better to be overly polite and formal than to offend someone who controls your grade. Plus, being respectful never hurt anyone.)
  • DON’T send an e-mail to your professor without proofreading it for basic spelling/grammar errors.
  • DO sign your full name and include your class and section somewhere in your e-mail.
  • DON’T make your professor guess who you are and to which class you belong.

I have had great success with The E-mail Relationship. It has allowed me to reach my professors on my own time and for my professors to get back to me on theirs. An e-mail can usually be sent and/or answered quickly, which saves time for both you and your professor, especially if you only had a quick question. There are advantages and disadvantages to The E-mail Relationship, though.


  • Efficiency.
  • Getting your name out there.
  • Honing your professional e-mail skills.
  • Showing your professor that you care about the course.


  • Does NOT replace going to class. (I debated putting this on here because it’s common sense, but you need to go to class. It doesn’t matter how often you e-mail the professor if you’re constantly missing class and consequently failing the course. The E-mail Relationship is a course supplement. Make good choices.)
  • Does not allow your professor to put a face to a name.
  • May be insufficient for answering certain questions. For instance, if you miss a week of class and need help mastering the content that you missed, it’s probably best to schedule a meeting with your professor. If office hours don’t work with your schedule, most professors are more than willing to meet with you at another time. Just e-mail them!

Regardless of how you reach out to your professor, reaching out at all shows an interest in the course and in doing well, which goes a long way with professors. Don’t be afraid to reach out to them if you are struggling. Most of the ones that I have encountered are incredibly kind and understanding, and they are especially willing to help you if they know you care about their class. E-mailing them gets them to recognize and remember your name, which is a big deal. I had a really strict professor give me a two-day extension on some homework problems when I was dealing with personal issues, simply because I asked. He gave it to me without question, except to ask if I was all right; our pre-established E-mail Relationship probably helped me secure that extension, since this was not the first time he heard from me. Remember, professors are people, too! Don’t be afraid of them, and remember, e-mail is your friend.

Let me know if The E-mail Relationship works for you!


Hello class!

My name is Richard Smith, you may call me Mr. Smith, and I’ll be your English teacher for the year. Umm… small class size. There’s only 11 of you?

How to get into the best school possible

1. Be a student who puts in effort towards your schoolwork and outside activities, striving to find the things that make you curious and passionate, and giving school the appropriate weight amongst all of the other things in your life.

2. Decide How You Define “Best” by exploring what is most important to you in you education. Pay special attention to things like what kinds of environment you tend to like academically and socially. Try to go a step further and recognize why some things are important (is it personally important to you to have small class size, or is it just something you’ve heard you should want).

3. Take stock of your academic credentials and then find schools that match your package academically. Know that extracurriculars are great and important and a vital part of your application, but that they won’t work miracles if your numbers aren’t in range.

4. Talk to your parents about finances before you start applying. Know what your full picture looks like, if there is any money saved, if you qualify for financial aid, if your parents will co-sign a loan, if your planned future career will make taking loans out a good or bad investment. Be realistic before you get your hopes up for a school you just can’t afford because “best” is also absolutely about best price.

5. Put a great deal of effort in on your applications and start early. Work on your essays, put thought into your supplements, give your teachers months to get your recommendations together. Spend time cleaning your resume to make the best possible use of the space the commonapp gives you. Try to be submitted a month in advance to give yourself enough time to fix any problems that might come up.

6. Wait. Distract yourself. Apply for scholarships (even small ones! they add up!) in the meantime.

7. Consider your options. Its more than likely if you picked good realistic schools that you’ll get a few to choose between. Compare financial aid packages, take the time to call the offices and do the “Your rival gave me 5K more a year, but I really like you better but that’s a lot of money” game. Visit the schools and go to admitted students day. Talk to people. Get a real feel for the schools that you might be attending.

8. Pick the school that your heart wants. You might be leaning towards one school or another when it comes time to pick, so listen to your heart. You often really want one school, but just don’t want to discredit the other options too early. Listen to your heart (but give your wallet a megaphone!)

How Søren and I first became acquainted

My interest in the writings of Kierkegaard came about in a most unusual way. I registered for an Introduction to Ethics class taught within the philosophy department of Queens College in the spring term of 2016. I chose to register for the particular section out of the several offered because it had a a very small class size and was clearly not going to be one of those impersonal 101’s with a hundred (or more) students. On the first day of class I learned that the topic was going to be very different than I had expected—the ethics of love. That was all I had to hear, I was sold. Then it got even more special, we would be learning about love via philosophical works by seven authors in the order of The Silk Road: The Song of Songs (the authorship is contested), Plato’s The Symposium, Rumi’s Bridge to the Soul: Journeys into the Music and Silence of the Heart, Kant’s Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, Kierkegaard’s Works of Love, Buber’s I and Thou, and Irigaray’s To be Two

Aside from Rumi, I had never had exposure to any of these great thinkers. With a previous background in art and, to a lesser degree, feminist theory, the closest thing to any knowledge of philosophy was limited to art criticism: Simone de Beauvoir, Sartre, Baudelaire, Derrida, Breton, Sontag, Barthes, Paglia etc.

Then, there was the professor, Abigail Doukhan. Her teaching style and passion for the subject matter was impossible to resist. Her kindness was evident from the start, but it became even more obvious after I learned that I was very ill and would most probably need to miss much of the semester, if not all of it. Out of so many professors, she was the only one who gave me the chance to finish a class—which took a lot of effort on her part. 

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willowfae82 replied to your post “never been this angry”

is there a number or email for a superintendent that we can use to contact to help get her fired. that is fucked up.

Oh, I’ve got it. Thank you very much, though. It’s a small, private school that I thought would be better for him because of the small class size. It is/was in many ways but I’ve had trouble with this woman before. The person who started the school is someone I’ve known for many years and taught with when we were both new teachers. She’s on it.