How Classes Have Changed Since Seniors Have Left


Johnathan Thompson

As the end of the school year is around the corner, students are completing final assignments, and teachers are putting in final grades before semester exams. While many students are basically on cruise control, there is actually a change in the classroom environment that may not be noticeable until one sits and thinks about it. With all the seniors having graduated, many students are gone and many courses offered across WHS have seen a decrease in classroom sizes.

Tristan Hammack, junior, described his class, trigonometry, by saying that it “is easier and it’s more lonely.”

Since more students over the years are now taking classes that integrate all four-grade levels, what was once an average class of 25 to 30 students can now consist of less than 10.

With smaller class sizes there are less conversations taking place, less work that needs to be graded, and less of an attention span needed. It seems that as the class sizes get smaller, more students are concentrating harder on the task at hand and pay more attention.

“I am more focused on my work because there are less people that have to grasp the lesson and they may pull you down.” Tristan Hammack, junior, said.

“My classes became quieter and the material is easier.” Kent Mauney, junior, said.

But it is not only the students that are being affected by this change in the class. Teachers now seem to be more calm and relaxed now that half of their class has graduated.

When asked if teaching has been easier since there’s less students, Mrs. Chafai, physics teacher, said, “It usually is. It’s easier and you can be more informal.”

It seems, as the classes get smaller, the students’ efforts get larger. Smaller class sizes appear to benefit the students by increasing their focus towards the lesson and leading to greater productivity with class work. Teachers can be more laid back which creates a more empty, yet knowledge filled classroom environment.