Re: ME:Why is the ratio 2:1 is the limit?

From: Eugene Matusov
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Date: 14 Oct 1996
Time: 15:47:23


Hi Dave--

You wrote, "I don't mind the lack of structure as long as there are not more than twice as many children as there are educators. At that ratio I believe things will work themselves out. "

Why do you think so? Some educators suggest that group in 5-6 students works best. Does the 2:1 ratio works best for you? Do you feel with more than 2 kids you lose your comfort zone?

I also have a question regarding to your proposal, "Here is my idea: before the children arrive the educators get together and get a general idea of who will be doing what (this person will be overseeing a boardgame, someone else will be helping kids write a letter on the computers to "The Wizard", etc.). As each child arrives, while we are slapping a name tag on him he will be presented with the different activites we came up with and he will be allowed to choose from them. Upon choosing, he will be introduced to his educator and to the rest of that educator's group. Then the group goes off to play. If a child becomes disinterested in the activity, he is free to leave and join another group as long as he informs his current educator and the educator he wishes to go to. "

I did not get how this helps to reduce the kids-eductors ratio. Please, expend.