Using Mixed-Age Groups to Support Continuity of Care in Center-Based Programs | ECLKC (2022)

Mixed-age grouping means placing children whose age range spans more than two years (Pool, Bijleveld, and Tavecchio 2000) within the same group or class. You might call this multiple-age or multi-age groupings.

Offering mixed-age groupings in your program can provide stability for a group of children with their caregivers over a longer time—also known as continuity of care. Continuity of care is a term used to describe programming and policies that ensure children and families are consistently engaged in high-quality early learning experiences through stable relationships with caregivers who are sensitive and responsive to a young child's signals and needs (Reidt-Parker and Chainski 2015).

Consistency of relationships is critical in supporting young children’s development and learning. Mixed-age groupings create a frame for deepening relationships for staff with children and their families.

Using Mixed-Age Groups to Support Continuity of Care in Center-Based Programs | ECLKC (1)While family child care providers often serve mixed-age groups that range from infants to school-aged children, mixed-age groupings are newer to early childhood education center-based settings. Traditionally in centers, children are placed in like-age groups and transition to an older group at a certain age or milestone (e.g., babies move to toddlers at 15 months or when they can walk; or toddlers move up at age two or when using the toilet independently). Although this practice can be convenient for programs, it depends upon each program’s approach whether children and families receive continuity of care. In some cases, children and families may have to adapt to a new setting, a new group of peers, and a new set of teachers several times during their enrollment in the program.

Use this document to consider the benefits of and strategies for successfully implementing mixed-age groupings within early childhood education center-based programs.

Consider the Benefits of Mixed-age Groups

Working with mixed-age groups does not necessarily mean additional work, but rather a shift in thinking or a change in approach. Several studies show that the caregiver-child attachment relationship is often more secure the longer a caregiver stays with children (Cummings 1980; Raikes 1993; Barnes and Cummings 1994; McMullen, Yun, Mihai, and Kim 2016). Frequent transitions to new caregivers can take a toll on children and families. For instance, each new caregiver must learn to read a child’s cues and to gain the trust of the family.

Providing mixed-age groups can:

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  • Increase the opportunity to build secure, attached relationships as well as support children’s social and emotional development (Ruprecht 2016)
  • Provide ample time for caregivers to learn about the individual needs of the child and to develop positive working partnerships with families (McMullen, Yun, & Kim 2016)
  • Reduce the number of transitions for infants, families, and caregivers
  • Allow siblings and peer groups to remain together over time in a familiar setting

When licensing prevents you from using mixed-age groups, think of other ways to support continuity of care. For example, you may implement primary care or a looping model. Looping is when staff transition with children into older classrooms.

Overcome Challenges & Ensure Positive Outcomes

Mixed-age groups can be both challenging and rewarding. It takes time and effort to ensure positive outcomes for children, families, and staff. Build on the existing methods used to plan and implement individualized, inclusive care for each child.

Use effective strategies to ensure systems, policies, and procedures foster success.

Pilot or phase in mixed-age groups to address challenges and build on strengths.

Select teaching teams who are ready for the opportunity.

  • Teaching staff need to have knowledge of child development and the ability to adapt for the varying needs of each age and stage.
  • Realize that working with infants has different physical demands than working with toddlers.
  • Highlight the benefits for children, families, and staff.
  • Remember, buy-in takes time even when one is excited about the prospect.
  • Consider the impact to enrollment and waiting list protocols. Think about ways to ensure peer groups or siblings stay together.
  • Consider and plan for the financial, human, and other resources needed to support mixed-age group programming.
  • Ensure teaching staff and substitutes have the necessary depth of child development knowledge and the ability to engage with families. They need to be aware of general developmental milestones (children’s tasks, skills, and focus during each age and stage) and able to adapt to children’s individual needs and interests. Budget to allow staff to participate in regular reflective practice sessions and embed reflective supervision into the implementation plan.
  • Review and adapt health and safety policies and practices to accommodate the diverse needs of all children in care. Implementing practices such as active supervision can also help minimize injuries and children being left alone.
  • Consider different ways to aggregate data (e.g., by children’s ages, length of time in program). There may be times when you simply can’t aggregate because there are too few infants and toddlers. Make sure to say that in any reports on program-level child data.

Use effective strategies to ensure environment and materials are safe and meet the needs and interests of each age range served within the group.

Ensure space design includes:

  • Routine care for all ages (e.g., diapering, toileting, bottle and table feeding)
  • Protected spaces for non-mobile babies
  • Gross motor elements for mobile children
  • Best spots for staff to be available to children and able to supervise the group
  • Consider the need for additional equipment and materials. They may need to be purchased, rotated, or stored until needed. Keep in mind safety of the youngest children (e.g., choking hazards). This may impact the budget or facilities design.
  • Teaching teams need to be flexible as they plan and know how to adapt the environment as children’s interests, skills, and abilities change. Remember, infants and toddlers have a rapid rate of development.

Use effective strategies to ensure adult attitudes successfully impact the process and require managerial focus.

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  • Prepare staff and parents when transitioning to a mixed-group setting. Share the benefits and get their input. Involve them in the process when making a program change. Meet with them to share why the change is being implemented, invite questions, and encourage staff and families to share their concerns and to partner with the program during implementation. Allow families to share their insights with staff or newly enrolled families.
  • Provide support and professional development opportunities to offer strategies and address concerns.
  • Consider reflective supervision to offer a place where staff can safely voice their worries or their strategies for adaptation. Supervisors or coaches could be a third party or eye to help teachers over the hurdles.
  • Consider providing out-of-classroom time for teaching teams to talk and plan.

Using Mixed-Age Groups to Support Continuity of Care in Center-Based Programs | ECLKC (2)Use effective strategies to ensure classroom management works for an individual child as well as for the group dynamics.

  • Use the program’s primary caregiving approach to help staff individualize based on children and families’ need.
  • Extra staff can help ease group dynamics impacted by developmental surges (e.g., when babies need extra support due to separation or stranger awareness; when activity levels increase as children learn to walk, climb, or run; or when they assert their demands with hits or bites).
  • Think about ways to implement group management strategies to:
    • Individualize the curriculum to meet each child’s needs
    • Understand children’s behaviors and make environmental or curricular adaptations to limit challenging behaviors. Sometimes what staff perceive to be challenging are normal behaviors that are hard for adults to manage in a group setting
    • Frame curricular planning around routines and learning experiences or think about the day as small group or individually based experiences rather than large-group activities
    • Set up the environment in a way that limits adults’ use of “no’s” or children’s need for constant guidance
    • Provide safe, open-ended materials that offer multiple uses for the varying ages. When children have opportunities for self-directed play, they play longer, are more engaged, and play more independently
    • Ensure safety by having more complex or adult-supervised materials (paint, child-safe scissors, etc.) that are out of reach from younger children but within adult reach and ready for the older children to use

Access and Use Resources

Programmatic Supports

  • Active Supervision
  • Emergency Preparedness and Recovery
  • Head Start Management Systems
  • National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)
  • Preventing and Reducing Suspensions and Expulsions in Early Care and Education Settings
  • Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) Six Essential Program Practices for Relationship-Based Care, 2017
    • Continuity of Care, Culturally Sensitive Care, Inclusion, Individualized Care, Primary Care, Small Groups
  • Sosinky, L., K. Ruprecht, D. Horm, K. Kriener-Althen, C. Vogel, and T. Halle. Including Relationship-Based Care Practices in Infant-Toddler Care: Implications for Practice and Policy. Network of Infant/Toddler Researchers, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), 2016.
  • The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations
  • Understanding and Eliminating Expulsion in Early Childhood Programs
  • Understanding Stress and Resilience in Young Children
    • Breaking Through: Understanding Stress and Resilience in Young Children (video)
  • What Is Quality Data for Programs Serving Infants and Toddlers?

Professional Development Supports

  • Behaviors
    • Dual Language Learners Exhibiting Challenging Behaviors
  • Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) Training Modules
  • Developmental Milestones (ages birth to 5 )
  • Early Essentials Webisode Series
    • Building Relationships, Environments, Responsive Interactions
  • Growing Healthy Flip Chart
  • News You Can Use Series
    • Environment as Curriculum
    • Mirroring the Early Parent-Child Bond
    • Transitions
    • Developmentally Appropriate Practice
  • Tips for Keeping Children Safe: A Developmental Guide
  • Understanding Stress and Resilience in Young Children
    • Breaking Through: Understanding Stress and Resilience in Young Children (video)

Parent and Family Supports that focus on various age groups. These could help families understand the provider’s varied approach with children in a mixed-age setting.

  • Family Health Tip Sheets (available in seven languages)
  • Healthy Habits for Happy Smiles: Oral Health Handouts for Families
  • Parent Tip Sheets and Parent Cards: Welcome to Group Care

Know Licensing and Head Start Requirements

Licensing regulations on the child-staff ratio and group size for mixed-age groups vary from state to state. Use an electronic search engine to access information about your state or territory. Access the National Database of Child Care Licensing Regulations.

“Forty-seven states allow child care centers to have mixed-age groups of children. All of these states have requirements about child-staff ratios for mixed-age groups, and more than half have requirements about group size for mixed-age groups. Most states base mixed-age group ratios and group size on the age of the youngest child in the group” (National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance 2015, 11). Learn more in the Research Brief #1: Trends in Child Care Center Licensing Regulations and Policies for 2014.

The Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) support programs, particularly those serving infants and toddlers, to pursue mixed-age groups in center-based settings. Access the full text of the HSPPS. Go to Subchapter B Part 1302 for center-based and family child care ratios and group sizes.

Relevant excerpt about center-based ratios, group size, and continuity of care from 45 CFR § 1302.21(b):
(1) Staff-child ratios and group size maximums must be determined by the age of the majority of children and the needs of children present. … Where state or local licensing requirements are more stringent than the teacher-child ratios and group size specifications in this section, a program must meet the stricter requirements. …
(2) An Early Head Start or Migrant or Seasonal Head Start class that serves children under 36 months old must have two teachers with no more than eight children, or three teachers with no more than nine children. Each teacher must be assigned consistent, primary responsibility for no more than four children to promote continuity of care for individual children. A program must minimize teacher changes through a child’s enrollment, whenever possible, and consider mixed age groups to support continuity of care.

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References

Ahnert, L., M. Pinquart, and M.E. Lamb. “Security of Children’s Relationships with Nonparental Care Providers: A Meta-Analysis.” Child Development 77 (2006):664–679.

Barnes, M.V., and E.M. Cummings. “Caregiver Stability and Toddlers’ Attachment-Related Behavior Towards Caregivers in Day Care.” Infant Behavior and Development 17 (1994): 141–147.

Cummings, E.M. “Caregiver Stability and Day Care.” Developmental Psychology 16 (1980): 31–37.

Katz, L. G., J.A. Hartman, and D. Evangelou. The Case for Mixed-Age Grouping in Early Education. Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1990.

McMullen, M. B., N. Yun, A. Mihai, and H. Kim. “Experiences of Parents and Professionals in Well-Established Continuity of Care Programs.” Early Education & Development 27 (2016):190–220.

National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. Excessive Stress Disrupts the Architecture of the Developing Brain: Working Paper 3. Boston, MA: Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University, 2005/2014.

Pool, M., C. Bijleveld, and L. Tavecchio. “The Effect of Same-Age and Mixed-Age Grouping in Day Care on Parent-Child Attachment Security.” Social Behavior and Personality: An International Journal 28 (December 2000): 595–602.

Raikes, H.. “Relationship Duration in Infant Care: Time with a High-Ability Teacher and Infant-Teacher Attachment.” Early Childhood Research Quarterly 8 (1993): 309–325.

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Raikes, H., and C. Edwards. Extending the Dance in Infant and Toddler Caregiving. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company, Inc., 2009.

Reidt-Parker, J., and M.J. Chainski. The Importance of Continuity of Care: Policies and Practices in Early Childhood Systems and Programs. Chicago, IL: Ounce of Prevention, November 2015.

Ruprecht, K., J. Elicker, and J. Choi. “Continuity of Care, Caregiver-Child Interactions, Toddler Social Competence and Problem Behaviors.” Early Education and Development 27 (2016): 221–239.

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FAQs

What are the advantages of having a mixed age group in a Montessori school? ›

Encourages kids to build strong bonds with others not of their own age (much like how older and younger siblings interact). Teaches peer-to-peer interactions (children are more apt to learn from their peers than from adults). Better social and academic skills than traditionally schooled children.

Why do we have mixed age groups? ›

Mixed age grouping can provide older children with the opportunity to be helpful, patient, and tolerant of younger peers' competencies, and thus give them some of the desirable early experiences of being nurturing that underlie parenting and helping others who are different from oneself.

What is continuity and why is it important? ›

As children grow and develop, a continuity of learning is essential for ensuring that early academic success and development are built upon by consistent educational experiences. Vertical continuity refers to the consistency of care and education up through the programs that children experience as they grow up.

How do you teach mixed age groups? ›

Provide activities, games or toys which children have access to at any time to ensure everyone can remain involved. Encourage older and more confident pupils to act as mentors to support their younger classmates. Keep groupings flexible; they may change from activity to activity over the course of the day.

How do mixed age classes work? ›

Mixed age classes occur when a single teacher instructs more than one year-group of students in the same classroom. Mixed age grouping is most commonly found in 'small' primary schools because there are insufficient teachers to organise the range of year groups into single-grade classes.

Why do Montessori classrooms Group different age levels together? ›

Grouping children of different ages encourages them to develop strong social and collaboration skills. In mixed age classrooms, the younger children learn from the older children, and the older children learn to serve as role models.

Is Montessori a mixed age group? ›

Montessori environments are prepared for multi-age groupings of children. These groupings operate very like family environments, providing key learning and development opportunities in two ways.

Are multi-age classrooms better? ›

Research has shown that students in multi-age classrooms were found to have higher self-esteem, more positive self-concepts, less anti-social behavior, and better attitudes toward school than their peers in single-grade classes.

What are two advantages for working with multi-age groups? ›

- Children develop a sense of family with their classmates. They become a "family of learners" who support and care for each other. - Older children have the opportunity to serve as mentors and to take leadership roles. - Children are more likely to cooperate than compete.

What are your thoughts about multi-age grouping and learning? ›

Children in multi-age groups will develop friendships and engage in learning just as they would in same age settings with the added bonus of being able to access peer support and lead learning for other children. These opportunities offer children the opportunity to develop more sophisticated social skills.

What is cooperative learning in mixed-age groups? ›

This type of group work is formally termed cooperative learning, and is defined as the instructional use of small groups to promote students working together to maximize their own and each other's learning (Johnson, et al., 2008).

What is an example of continuity? ›

The definition of continuity refers to something occurring in an uninterrupted state, or on a steady and ongoing basis. When you are always there for your child to listen to him and care for him every single day, this is an example of a situation where you give your child a sense of continuity.

Why the continuity of child care is very important? ›

Research has shown that children have better educational and developmental outcomes when they have continuity in their child-care arrangements because safe, stable environments allow young children the opportunity to develop the relationships and trust necessary to comfortably explore and learn from their surroundings.

What does having continuity mean? ›

Continuity is the presence of a complete path for current flow. A circuit is complete when its switch is closed. A digital multimeter's Continuity Test mode can be used to test switches, fuses, electrical connections, conductors and other components. A good fuse, for example, should have continuity.

Is a term commonly used today to describe mixed-age group? ›

Multi-age is a term commonly used today to describe mixed-age groups. o The meaning of multi-age is “Use multi-age to mean two or more grade levels that have been intentionally blended together to improve learning".

What is multi-age grouping? ›

Mixed-age grouping means placing children whose age range spans more than two years (Pool, Bijleveld, and Tavecchio 2000) within the same group or class. You might call this multiple-age or multi-age groupings.

What is this term that refers to the practice in primary education of teaching children from a number of grades in one class? ›

The term 'multigrade teaching' generally refers to a teaching situation where a single teacher has to take responsibility for teaching pupils across more than one curriculum grade within a timetabled period. Schools with multigrade classes are referred to as multigrade schools.

What are some problems in teaching mixed ability classes? ›

Motivation:

-There is a lack of motivation among some students in the class. -Low-level students feel they are treated unequally in mixed ability classes. -It is difficult to ensure that all students are challenged and interested. -High-level students feel they are treated unequally in mixed ability classes.

What are the advantages of combined school? ›

Studies show that a co-educational experience better prepares students to interact with a diverse mix of people. Children growing up in collaborative co-educational settings gain confidence in who they are.

Why do primary schools mix classes? ›

Creating opportunities for children to learn and play with a wider variety of peers. Enabling greater social interaction between children as they move through the school. Ensuring that each of the classes remains balanced in response to pupil development.

Which age group is considered for Montessori education? ›

Montessori education generally begins between ages 2.5 and 3 years, and most schools do not accept children into the curriculum if they fail to meet the age criteria.

What age group is Montessori for? ›

What ages do Montessori schools serve? Currently, most Montessori programs begin at the Early Childhood level (for children ages 2.5 – 6 years). However there are also programs for infants and toddlers (birth – age 3), Elementary-aged children (ages 6 – 12), and Secondary students (ages 12 – 18).

What is the importance of having vertical grouping in a Montessori environment? ›

In order to develop individually, children need to be free to learn at their own pace. It is therefore an aid by vertical grouping to develop individually, since they can follow and guide each other from different levels of development rather than their current age group.

What do you need from your teacher to be successful? ›

In order for a teacher to be successful, they have to develop and utilize the following skills.
  1. Relationship Builder. ...
  2. Classroom Management. ...
  3. Organization/Time Management. ...
  4. Excellent Communication Skills. ...
  5. Understanding of Technology. ...
  6. Empathy/Compassion. ...
  7. Flexibility. ...
  8. Lesson Planning.
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What is the difference between Waldorf and Montessori? ›

While both Montessori and Waldorf schools believe children need a connection to the environment, they are different in that Montessori focuses on real-life experiences and Waldorf emphasizes the child's imagination and fantasy. Waldorf schools were founded by Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian scientist and philosopher.

What's the difference between Montessori and preschool? ›

In a traditional preschool, kids more or less learn the same things at the same time, in the same ways, and are expected to meet the same benchmarks. Montessori preschools are focused more on individualized learning. There is less overall structure and more freedom for children to learn at their own pace.

What is the purpose of multi age classroom? ›

A multiage classroom provides a safe, nurturing space for children to develop academic skills as well as social-emotional skills. A focus on collaboration, leadership development and a project based curriculum helps prepare children to contribute and thrive in a democratic society.

What is the goal of multi age education? ›

Multiage schooling is a strategy which enables schools to continue to serve their function in educating the local community when student enrolments are too low to support one or two teachers per grade level (Cornish, 2010).

Are combined classes good? ›

Research has shown there's no difference in academic achievement between children in split classes versus straight grades.

What is the importance and benefits in teaching multigrade classes? ›

Children who remain with the same teacher and primarily the same class for multiple years enjoy a stable and reliable environment. The mix of ages and abilities provide many opportunities for students to collaborate and learn from each other. Older students can take on more mature roles, mentoring the younger students.

What are some advantages of grouping participants by developmental stages? ›

Some advantages include developing new skills, developing students' self-confidence and problem-solving skills, and gaining a greater understanding and acceptance of differences.

What does effective multigrade teaching involve? ›

WHAT DOES EFFECTIVE MULTIGRADE TEACHING INVOLVE? Systematic, well-organized and planned instructional delivery and grouping.

What is a benefit of a mixed-age classroom? ›

Research has shown that children in mixed-age classrooms have increased social and emotional understanding, engage in both collaborative and independent learning with greater ease, and have more positive peer interactions than their counterparts in single-grade classrooms.

What are the advantages of having a mixed-age group in a Montessori school? ›

Encourages kids to build strong bonds with others not of their own age (much like how older and younger siblings interact). Teaches peer-to-peer interactions (children are more apt to learn from their peers than from adults). Better social and academic skills than traditionally schooled children.

What are the different age groups? ›

Age Categories, Life Cycle Groupings
  • Children (00-14 years) 00-04 years. 110. 00-04 years. 05-09 years. 120. 05-09 years. ...
  • Youth (15-24 years) 15-19 years. 211. 15-17 years. 212. 18-19 years. ...
  • Adults (25-64 years) 25-29 years. 310. 25-29 years. 30-34 years. 320. ...
  • Seniors (65 years and over) 65-69 years. 410. 65-69 years. 70-74 years. 420.
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What steps should the teacher adapt in order to ensure effective implementation of collaborative learning in the classroom? ›

What Are The Best Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers?
  1. Establish clear group goals. ...
  2. Keep groups midsized. ...
  3. Establish flexible group norms. ...
  4. Build trust and promote open communication. ...
  5. For larger tasks, create group roles. ...
  6. Create a pre-test and post-test.

What are the benefits of group learning? ›

What are the Benefits of Group Work?
  • Pool knowledge and skills. ...
  • Articulate ideas. ...
  • Listen with intent. ...
  • Broaden perspectives. ...
  • Effective for critical thinking. ...
  • Build interpersonal relationships. ...
  • Positive learning experiences. ...
  • Career preparation.

What are the advantages of using collaborative learning as a strategy in class? ›

The benefits of collaborative learning include:
  • Development of higher-level thinking, oral communication, self-management, and leadership skills.
  • Promotion of student-faculty interaction.
  • Increase in student retention, self-esteem, and responsibility.
  • Exposure to and an increase in understanding of diverse perspectives.

What are the 3 conditions of continuity? ›

Note that in order for a function to be continuous at a point, three things must be true: The limit must exist at that point. The function must be defined at that point, and. The limit and the function must have equal values at that point.

What is an example of continuity and change? ›

Continuity and change – some things change over time and others remain the same, for example, aspects in the local community that have either changed or remained the same; changes to the lives of Aboriginal peoples with the arrival of the First Fleet.

How do you solve for continuity? ›

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What is continuity and why is it important? ›

As children grow and develop, a continuity of learning is essential for ensuring that early academic success and development are built upon by consistent educational experiences. Vertical continuity refers to the consistency of care and education up through the programs that children experience as they grow up.

What is continuity of learning and transitions in childcare? ›

CoP's are designed to progress in contextualised and responsive ways. The CoP relationship will facilitate transition strategies for children as they move between settings, providing continuity of pedagogical approach and coordination between early education providers, schools, and families.

What is continuity of learning in early childhood? ›

Continuity of learning occurs when learning builds upon prior learning, through age-appropriate experiences and pedagogy. This is strengthened when early childhood educators and school teachers understand what and how children learn in both settings.

What is an example of continuity? ›

The definition of continuity refers to something occurring in an uninterrupted state, or on a steady and ongoing basis. When you are always there for your child to listen to him and care for him every single day, this is an example of a situation where you give your child a sense of continuity.

What is a good reading for continuity? ›

Understanding the Results. Know that a reading of 0 indicates perfect continuity. If your multimeter reads 0 ohms, it means that there is perfect continuity in the wire, fuse, battery, or device. Most multimeters will beep continuously when testing a connection with good or perfect continuity.

What are two advantages for working with multi-age groups? ›

- Children develop a sense of family with their classmates. They become a "family of learners" who support and care for each other. - Older children have the opportunity to serve as mentors and to take leadership roles. - Children are more likely to cooperate than compete.

Are multi-age classrooms better? ›

Research has shown that students in multi-age classrooms were found to have higher self-esteem, more positive self-concepts, less anti-social behavior, and better attitudes toward school than their peers in single-grade classes.

What are the advantages of combined school? ›

Studies show that a co-educational experience better prepares students to interact with a diverse mix of people. Children growing up in collaborative co-educational settings gain confidence in who they are.

What are some problems in teaching mixed ability classes? ›

Motivation:

-There is a lack of motivation among some students in the class. -Low-level students feel they are treated unequally in mixed ability classes. -It is difficult to ensure that all students are challenged and interested. -High-level students feel they are treated unequally in mixed ability classes.

What is the importance and benefits in teaching multigrade classes? ›

Children who remain with the same teacher and primarily the same class for multiple years enjoy a stable and reliable environment. The mix of ages and abilities provide many opportunities for students to collaborate and learn from each other. Older students can take on more mature roles, mentoring the younger students.

What are your thoughts about multi-age grouping and learning? ›

Children in multi-age groups will develop friendships and engage in learning just as they would in same age settings with the added bonus of being able to access peer support and lead learning for other children. These opportunities offer children the opportunity to develop more sophisticated social skills.

What is the goal of multi-age education? ›

Multiage schooling is a strategy which enables schools to continue to serve their function in educating the local community when student enrolments are too low to support one or two teachers per grade level (Cornish, 2010).

Are combined classes good? ›

Research has shown there's no difference in academic achievement between children in split classes versus straight grades.

Do students take all their classes in multi-age groups? ›

The multi-age and co-teaching model helps facilitate this kind of teaching and learning. Do students take all their classes in multi-age groups? No, they experience most of their specials classes (art, music, science, etc.) in single-aged groupings.

What are the disadvantages of mixed school? ›

List of Disadvantages of Coed Schools
  • Can Result to Distraction. One of the downsides of mixed schools where there are both boys and girls is that students might not be able to concentrate with their studies. ...
  • Boys Differ from Girls. ...
  • Academic Performance. ...
  • Early Relationships. ...
  • Less Confidence. ...
  • Attention Given to Students.
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Why are mixed schools a better option? ›

A mixed gender school expresses more diversity within the school and it teaches equality. Students will be able to express themselves as they wish, being a girl, boy, transgender, nonbinary, gay, lesbian etc.

How can the community be involved in promoting development of all learners? ›

Services like tutoring, after-school activities, and daily volunteers can be led by community members and organizations to further support the needs of families within the greater school community. Community involvement is one way to help schools prepare students for future success.

What is the importance of school and community collaboration? ›

Most important, schools have the potential to build well-educated citizens ready to take on responsibilities as contributing community members. By working together, schools, families, and communities can prepare for a more promising future.

What are the benefits of working in mixed ability groups? ›

In a whole class appraoch, mixed ability classes allow the opportunity to accept, discuss and listen to others' diverse perspectives. Mixed classes are useful for topic introduction, general direction, read-alouds, closure and team building.

How do you handle mixed ability classes? ›

Here are some ways to help deal with mixed ability classes and ensure all your students experience success in their language learning journeys.
  1. Invest time in getting to know your students. ...
  2. Personalize your aims and objectives. ...
  3. Allow students' first language (L1) ...
  4. Vary tasks between individual, group, and pair work.
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What is mixed ability grouping in education? ›

In mixed-ability grouping, school children of differing capabilities are educated at the same pace, in the same class. It creates equal expectations for all the students in the class and offers them the same resources.

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Birthday: 1997-05-20

Address: 6485 Kohler Route, Antonioton, VT 77375-0299

Phone: +3213869077934

Job: Sales Analyst

Hobby: Kayaking, Roller skating, Cabaret, Rugby, Homebrewing, Creative writing, amateur radio

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