As I’ve discussed in other parts of my site, my teaching experience is with both small and large groups. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. Ideally all learning should have a mix of small and large groups. All of the following observations are based on my experience as an English Conversation Fellow (A sort of assistant teacher, but sometimes with half classes [10-18 students] and large groups [1-7 students]) and private teacher (groups of 1-3 students).
These observations are not comprehensive. This is just a blog entry to help me think about my experiences and maybe to provide you, the reader, with a novel point of view. My general conclusions were that each kind of group can be good for students, but that hopefully, whether in-school or out, the kids can get some of each kind of learning. They can learn different meta-cognitive and social skills in the different kinds of teacher-student and student-student interactions that each kind of learning experience provides.
As for myself, I’m not sure I’ve drawn conclusions about what kind of group I’d like to teach in future. But it makes me consider which kind of group interactions best use my skills as an educator:
Do I want to get certification and become a bilingual classroom teacher? Do I want to start an educational consultation business using art and language? Do I want to study Art Therapy and work with smaller groups in a more formal setting? Have I finished exploring the possibilities? Which one uses my skills most effectively? Which one would be the most fulfilling for me?
What about you? Have you had similar experiences? Different ones? Where do you like to work? Do you work where you like?