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Multi-Aged Classrooms & Individual Mastery

In a multi-aged classroom, which favors individual mastery, students do independent learning at their desks and also work in small groups at centers. Each student stays busy throughout the period and is able to go at the pace that’s good for him or her. With certain subjects the teacher plans centers for the students to shift to throughout the period. The teacher either takes students individually or in groups for individual instruction/motivation or, depending on the subject, the students approach the teacher one at a time when they’re either ready to move on or need assistance. This style helps the students become active learners, not merely passive listeners. Further, it is not required that students proceed in learning at the group pace. Using these methods, students receive the help they need to grasp the concepts in which a deficiency might not have otherwise been identified or addressed in a more traditional classroom setting. Students are also able to go faster in areas that they excel keeping them from becoming bored or wasting educational time.

A current thought in education today is that group learning is actually more advantageous due to the collective discussion that occurs. This is one reason why we work as a multi-age group for subjects like science, social studies, and moral lesson. A student’s level of learning goes deeper instead of remaining on the surface as it likely would when learning from traditional academic exercises.

Multi-Age Classroom Benefits

Multi-Age Classroom Benefits

  • Students can be grouped by ability even if they are in different standards
  • Students learn to relate to children of all ages
  • Inter-Generational Mentoring (peer-teaching and receiving)
  • Senior and Junior students learn the value of giving and serving each other
  • Senior students gain leadership experience, responsibility and confidence
  • Junior students also gain confidence when they can share what they know with older children and are affirmed by them
  • Junior students gain mentors in relationship with their seniors