Understanding Multiage Classes at P.F.E.
The purpose of this page is to help parents and S.C.A.S.D. staff gain a greater understanding of multiage education at Park Forest Elementary School. We encourage you to use the term multiage as opposed to "split" classrooms as the term multiage embraces our philosophy of a community of learners. "Split" implies that there are simply two groups working under the same roof and does not accurately portray the cooperative nature of our work
There is a great deal of information and multiage research available on the web.
Below are some links to get you started.
|Implementing the Multiage Classroom||This site provides a quick and easy to read list of practices used by multiage teachers.|
|Enhancing Learning Through Multiage Grouping||Here you will find an informative overview of multiage education, additional links, and audio recordings of multiage teachers.|
|Working in a Multiage Classroom||Explore the benefits and potential problems of multiage groupings. This site was created by the National Association for Elementary Principals.|
|Components of a Successful Multiage Classroom||Read some scenarios from a multiage classroom and become familiar with the philosophy behind multiage education. This article is written by an experienced multiage teacher.|
|Looping||Discover the benefits of spending more than one year with the same teacher in this Pittsburgh Post Gazette article.|
I recommend this site as a starting point for other educators. I think you may discover that multiage and straight grade teachers share many philosophies and practices.