2019年11月17日托福独立写作范文：Do younger students should focus on lessons for less than one hour or for a longer period。
When children are 5 to 10 years old, they probably just enter the primary school and have just started their long journey of learning. They have a lot of potentials and if those potentials are explored properly, they all could become quite somebody and an active contributor to the society in the future. Therefore, there’s a heated discussion about how to explore those potentials. Some people claim that those children should be given classes of more than an hour to stretch their abilities of concentration to better prepare them for their future challenges. However, from my perspective, classes for those 5 to 10 years old should not be longer than one hour.
First of all, shorter lessons could help children concentrate better in class. Though some people may advocate the idea that children have various kinds of potentials and longer classes could be a way to stretch their potentials on concentration, it is not quite true. Children, especially at a very young age, are physically unable to focus on one thing for too long and their attention could be easily diverted. For example, when children lost a toy and were throwing a tantrum, parents usually comfort them by diverting their attention to something else and children may completely forget about the lost toy very soon, which means children couldn’t really focus on one thing for a long time. If they are forced to have classes of longer hours, they may not be concentrating, though they are still sitting in the classroom. Therefore, the time will be wasted. However, one hour class could give children a chance to be diverted to something else during the break before they are asked to focus and learn again.
Moreover, classes of longer hours could hinder students’ study. Teachers prepare their classes based on the class time, which means, for a one-hour class, teachers would prepare enough materials for one-hour; for a two-hour class, teachers would bring enough things to teach in a two-hour session. Consequently, students are supposed to learn more in a longer class period, which means potentially, students may gather too many questions during the longer-hour class to even know where to start to ask. For example, a teacher might only ask students to remember five sentence structures in one-hour class, but would require students to understand five sentence structures plus some reading skills, like skimming in a two-hour class. If a student didn’t understand one sentence structure out of the five, he/she wouldn’t get the chance to look at the notes again or ask teachers before finishing learning skimming, which could make him/her forget about his/her question completely. In this case, with time passing by, we couldn’t expect this kid to get a good grade eventually.
Furthermore, children may lose interest when the class gets too long. For example, a teacher is throwing a Math lesson of two hours. Children may have to deal with additions and subtractions for the whole two hours during which they are supposed to solve hundreds of Math problems, which could be rather boring. Consequently, children may decide that they no longer want to have any Math classes. In contrast, when the Math class is only one-hour long, children only have to deal with a few Math problems after the teacher’s explanation. The class will end before they even realize it and the interest in Math can last longer. It is just like no matter how much children love one kind of food, they should never be given a lot at one time, otherwise, they will lose interest quickly and may never want it any more.
Since classes of shorter time period are helpful to make children of 5 to 10 years old to concentrate, to benefit their study and maintain their interest in the subject, it is surely better to offer shorter classes to children.
It is typical that teachers lecture or lead the discussion while students listen and take notes for most time of the day. there is a better and efficient way that teachers spend all hours of the day in the school to students-lead discussion and project-based(that teachers can give help as they need.)