Benefits of Mixed Age Classrooms

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The tactics that I would propose for a mixed age classroom in a public school would be to integrate elementary students of different ages to provide for a more diverse learning environment.

For example, combining second and third graders in one classroom would allow the students the flexibility to learn at a wide range of levels. Furthermore, the older students would naturally mentor the younger students in each subject matter. In addition, the younger students would work harder to achieve the academic progress of their older peers. The collaboration among students in a mixed age classroom would benefit the learning of both the younger and older students.

According to Ward (2002), at Sycamore Elementary School, a public school in Claremont, California they utilize mixed age classrooms and it is very different from a standard classroom. For example, you will not find rows of student desks in the classrooms. Rather you will see that the students are motivated and collaborating with one another to complete their daily tasks. For example, instead of reading their textbook at their desks, the teachers encourage the students to work in groups to reenact a historical event or build a tomb to recreate Ancient Egypt. Former students have indicated that they work well with others, enjoy challenges and have strategies on how to become successful in life. They attribute those life skills to their education in a mixed age classroom (Ward, 2002).

Reference

Ward, K. (2002). Multiage Education, Why We Need It Now More Than Ever. Retrieved January 16 2008, from http://www.cusd.claremont.edu/~sycamore/pages/multiageresearch.p

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