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Multiage Education-General Information
Multiage by Anne
Bingham et al, 1995. I just got this book and it's great. Anne
was a multiage teacher for many years and her coauthors, Molly
McCloskey and Peggy Dorta are experienced and articulate. John Tapper
Multi-age and More by Coleen Politano and Anne Davis, Peguis
Publishers. This book is full of specific ideas and strategies
for multiage programs. The authors have also included a number
of helpful blackline masters in the appendix. R. Yates
The Multiage Classroom: A Collection, ed. by Robin Fogarty, 1993. This book
presents a variety of ideas and opinions. R. Yates
The Multiage Handbook: A Comprehensive
Resource For Multiage Practices,
compiled by Jim Grant and Irv Richardson, edited by Aldene Fredenburg,
1996. I just got this great book on multiage classrooms. It is
packed full of articles, info and ideas. Michele Staples.
Multiage Portraits by Charles Rathbone and others.
Multiage Q&A: 101 Practical Answers
To Your Most Pressing Questions
by Jim Grant, Bob Johnson, and Irv Richardson, Crystal Springs
Books, 1996. This book is one of the best background books for
those just beginning a multiage program. R. Yates
Nongradedness: Helping it to Happen by Robert H. Anderson and Barbara Nelson
Pavan, 1993. This is a great book dealing with nongraded education.
I highly recommend it if you are headed in that direction. R. Yates
the Multi-Age Classroom
by Janet Banks, 1995. Much of my own multiage classroom is based
on what is covered in this guidebook. It is full of rationale,
strategies, and tips on everything from assessment to classroom
management and organization. I highly recommend this book to
anyone interested in the details of running a multiage classroom.
A Multiage Classroom: Choice and Possibility by Maureen McCann Miletta, 1996. This
short book describes a successful multiage program for intermediate
age children in grades 3, 4, and 5. The emphasis on choice throughout
the program is highlighted and its description helps set it apart
from the primary classrooms presented in many books. R. Yates
to Manage Your Multi-Age Classroom: K-2
by Sandra Merrick, 1996. Like its companion book (below), this
one is full of practical ideas. Its focus on the youngest students
shows up clearly thoughout and it is obvious that it was written
by an educator with first hand knowledge. R. Yates
How to Manage Your Multi Age Classroom:
3-5 by Angela B. Bolton,
1997. This book is full of practical ideas and usable blackline
masters. It is one of the books I refer to most often. R. Yates
Managing a Diverse Classroom by Carol Cummings, 1995. Here is another
great book for multiage educators. Sections of the book include:
planning for diversity, thematic units, reading, writing, learning
centers, and authentic assessment. R. Yates
Arts / Writing
+ 1 Traits of Writing
by Ruth Culham, 2003. If you teach children to write and you
haven't yet begun using the 6 Trait writing model, or if you
have already begun using this model but are looking for more
support, then this is the book for you. Multiage teachers worldwide
teach the 6 Traits of writing and many of them see this book
as one of the best. R.
Books: An Annotated Bibliography with Activities for Teaching
Writing (6th ed.) by
Ruth Culham (Author) and Peter Bellamy (Editor), 2005. This is
an excellent resource for 6 Trait lessons that combine the use
of specific examples from children's picture books and student
writing practice. In addition to recommending picture books that
provide strong examples of each trait, the lesson plans are easy
to implement. Both the lessons and the bibliography are organized
by writing trait. R.
Workshop (Grades 1-4) curriculum materials by Roseanna
Gonzales, Shelly Hartman, and John Moritz (2004). If you have
been frustrated with your district's math curriculum, whether
it skims across the surface of mathematics in order to cover
everything on the standardized test, or it simply doesn't address
the individual needs of your students, then you need to take
a very close look at The
Roseanna, Shelly, and John have
put together a comprehensive math program designed to supplement
your existing curriculum. The beauty of what they have created
is that it is truly differentiated and will enhance the positive
multiage community you have worked so hard to create, no more
artificially separating children by grade level just for math!
Included with the program is a
comprehensive teacher's guide, a thick binder full of reproducible
materials, and a folder with just about all of the bulletin board
materials you will need all year. All of the materials are organized
into ten cycles or "Rotations." These cycles are each
designed to last approximately four weeks. Within each cycle
are embedded 12 strands: algebra, brainteasers, calendar, estimation,
fractions, geometry, graphing, measurement, money, number operations,
puzzles and shapes, and time. Each of these strands have learning
activities that are differentiated, allowing students to access
the same concept but at appropriately different levels of difficulty.
Once you get the program started at the beginning of the school
year, students can work independently on the activities allowing
teachers to work with small groups and/or individuals.
If you are looking for a way to
effectively differentiate math in your multiage classroom, I
strongly recommend that you try out The
Note: Unlike the other
items found on this page, The Math Workshop is ordered directly
from the publisher. By following the links above you will find
specific ordering information on their website.
Learnings of Mathematics: What Students Should Know and be Able
To Do (Grades 3-6).
by Janet C. Banks, 1996. This is an excellent guide on how to
teach math in a multiage setting. The book provides an organizational
framework, allowing you to still use the text and materials your
school already has. It includes continuums for five strands of
math and samples of the type of work students should be doing.
I found it invaluable in helping me transition my math program
from a grade-based to a multiage-based approach. R. Yates
Mysteries (Grades 2-5)
by Jack Silbert, 1995. Using humorous stories to engage students
in mathematical problem-solving, this book is excellent for small
heterogeneous math groups. The students in my classroom always
love it when we get to "do a math mystery." R. Yates
Reading Instruction & Resources
for Multiage Classrooms
Keys to Comprehension: How to Help Your Kids Read It and Get
It! by Susan Zimmermann
and Chryse Hutchins, 2003. This great book explains in an easy
to read and straightforward manner, how to help kids learn to
really understand what they read. It is written for parents as
well as teachers and is a great companion to Mosaic of Thought.
I have featured it with my class' parent book club and it was
a big hit. R.
Reading Inventory by
Mary Lynn Woods and Alden J. Moe, 1998. I use Woods' and Moe's
reading inventory to assess my intermediate elementary students
quarterly. The information I gain not only helps to inform my
instruction, it also gives context to my students' academic progress.
This is an excellent tool. R.
Leveled Books: Supporting Transitional Readers in Grades 2-5 by Karen Szymusiak and Franki Sibberson,
2001. This book answers the question, "What do I do to best
help students who have become competent with basic decoding and
comprehension strategies?" It includes mini-lessons, grouping
strategies, samples of student work, and even book suggestions
for instruction. I found this book a great help as I refined
reading instruction in my intermediate multiage classroom. R. Yates
of Thought: Teaching Comprehension in a Reader's Workshop by Ellin Oliver Keene and Susan Zimmermann,
1997. This is the book that is revolutionizing reading instruction
in the U.S. and elsewhere. Not only does it present a way to
teach reading that is very multiage-friendly, it also gives a
solid foundation to something that really wokrs! I'm well along
the path of using the ideas presented in this book and am excited
by what I see with the progress that my students are making.
Reading Games by Connie
Madsen, 1999. If you are searching for ways to teach your youngest
students specific reading skills, this book is for you. Included
are over 26 games complete with instructions and blackline masters
that not only target specific beginning reading skills, but also
integrate math skills as well. This book is great for K/1 or
even K/1/2 classrooms. R.
That Work: Teaching Comprehension to Enhance Understanding by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis,
2000. Where Mosaic of Thought gave me the foundation,
Strategies That Work gave me the details that I needed
to comprehensively implement a truly successful reading program.
This is one of the books I have relied on most to transform how
I teach reading. R.
Homework, Team-Teaching, & other Miscellaneous Information
Teachers, Creative Students
by John Baer, 1997. This book is an excellent introductory resource
on engendering creativity in your classroom. There are many techniques
and structures you can use that will help your students employ
creativity in their learning activities; this book will help
guide the way. Note:
Although Creative Teachers, Creative Students has recently
gone out of print, ordering it will enable you to find a used
copy. R. Yates
Empowering the Child: Nurturing the Hungry
Mind by Raymond
H. Hartjen, 1994. This thought-provoking book advocates self-initiated
learning and provides arguments that support many elements of
nongraded education. The author draws on a unique set of resources
which I found to be both convincing and refreshing. R. Yates
Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom
by Susan Winebrenner, 2000. This book could just as easily be
titled "Teaching Kids in the Multiage Classroom."
used by effective single-grade teachers to meet the needs of
talented and gifted students are almost exactly what multiage
teachers use to meet the needs of all of their students. This
book is full of easy-to-use practical strategies that will help
you meet the needs of the older and more talented children in
your classroom while not neglecting the rest of your students.
Teaching by The Northern
Nevada Writing Project Teacher-Researcher Group, 1996. Many multiage
programs use team teaching as a strategy to help meet the needs
of their diverse classrooms. This book can help you plan for
everything from finding a team teaching partner to explaining
the strategy to parents and administrators. R. Yates
Note about the selections above:
In addition to the books I have
read, there are several that other multiage educators have recommended.
When possible I have included their comments. If you have read
a book that you would like to recommend that is not listed here
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