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Presentation Outline

Russell Yates and Heidi Mattern

My former teaching partner and I made a transparency of the following outline to act as a sort of agenda for our first parent information meeting. It helped keep us and the parents focused on the information we wanted to get across.

Multiage Information Presentation

Why do we want to make this change to a team-taught, multiage classroom?

  • Currently we have students for only one year.
  • We have no opportunity to learn from other teachers.
  • Students learn in spurts, at a varying rate, within a structure that moves them sequentially from grade to grade.

What we've done to prepare for this change?

  • Taught 2nd and 3rd grade classes.
  • Read books and articles, visited multi-age classrooms, attended workshops.
  • Implemented some multiage techniques in our classrooms this year.

How will we teach two grades at once?

  • Classroom layout
  • Begin with 3rd grade subject matter in science and social studies.
  • Students will work with one of us to learn specific skills, as needed.
  • Students will work side by side on projects, and whole group or small group explorations.
  • Examples: math, reading, projects (space, animals, social studies).
  • All essential skills and content area will be covered for each grade level.

Here is one of parents' biggest concerns: "My child needs enrichment," or "My child needs extra help. How will you meet his or her needs?"

  • The issue is not so much which grade levels are in a class, but rather, what is the teachers' program, style, and philosophy.
  • Time is provided each day to pursue learning at students' own level and pace.
  • Materials are available for students who need extra practice, and for those who have mastered skills and need to move on.
  • Students will be taught how to work independently, and with others.
  • Research shows multi-age classes benefit ALL students academically and emotionally. Older students act as role models, and younger students are stimulated to meet the expectations of the older students.

We want to become facilitators for children's learning, not just dispensers of knowledge

  • Provide models and methods for sharing what students learn.
  • Build upon students' interests.
  • Arrange classroom so individuals and groups can work independently.
  • Emphasize responsibility.
  • Active learning and creation of products: (Models of habitats, plays, videos, experiments, class books).

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