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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Soothing Your Fears

    Are you concerned that a multi-grade classroom will not challenge your students? Will they achieve the same academic succcess that students in a single grade classroom have the potential to achieve?  Will the range of abilities be so great that it's impossible to meet all their needs?
    Research evidence indicates that being a student in a multigrade classroom does not negatively affect academic performance, social relationships, or attitudes.  For example, Miller (1990) reviewed 13 experimental studies assessing academic achievement in single-grade and multigrade classrooms and found there to be no significant differences between them.
   Last year my district took a hard look at our students' spring data from NWEA (Northwest  Evaluation Association) that was gathered from our 21,000 elementary students and found that our students in multi-grade classes achieved just as well academically as our single grade classes. In fact a tiny bit better overall. We haven't analyzed the data from this year yet, as it has been so busy finishing the 2010-11 school year, but we will soon and I'll report our findings to you.
   Though I work mainly as our District's Mathematics Instructional Coach, I mentor the 178 multi-grade teachers in our district.  I want to learn more and I want to share what I've learned these past years, so post your thoughts and questions and let's learn together!



  1. Hi again,
    I am presently wrapping up a Master's Degree with a course completely devoted to Multiage Education! I'd be happy to share some of the resources and put you in touch with my professor, who is a highly regarded practitioner of multi-age education.

    I too am a math coach and support may teachers who find themselves in combined grade/split classrooms. It would be great to have someone new to network with!


  2. I'm also in the northwest suburbs and I'm teaching a 1/2 split next year! I feel so lucky to have found your blog. We don't do Everyday Math at my school (we use Houghton Mifflin Math), but I will definitely follow you and I hope to learn a lot! :)

    Magnificent Multiagers!


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