Multiple Grade Contained Classrooms

Discussion in 'Multiage' started by *Schoolmarm*, May 25, 2015.

  1. *Schoolmarm*

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    I teach 1st and 2nd grades this year. I've never taught a straight grade and probably won't if I stay in the school I'm in. When I look for other multiple grade teachers online or resources for them, I can't seem to find much. Are there other teachers here to network with or share resources?

    There must be some sort of instructions to running the three ring circus somewhere!
     
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    I am a newbie teacher and my first-year job is going to be in a 1st-2nd grade room either. I don't know that I can offer a lot of help/resources since I am just starting out, but if I think of anything I will let you know!
    Thanks for starting this thread!
     
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    Hey there, misswteaches! Let me know how it goes and if we can help each other in any way. I'm starting my 4th year in a combo class this fall. I've done 2/3, K/1, and 1/2 so far.
     
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    Thanks!
    Right now I am trying to figure out how to do reading. I'm thinking of doing three groups: 1st, lower 2nd, and higher 2nd. And now I have to decide what I will do with each group....
     
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    Have you ever heard of the Daily Five? It's a great book that helps structure multiple levels of reading very easily. Keeps the kids engaged and quiet while you work with a group.

    I used it last year and will be using it again this year.
     
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    I have, and I love the sound of it but my school doesn't use it and I'm not sure if they would be okay with it -- they are classical education-based. It does sound like a perfect solution for multi-age classrooms, though.
    Hopefully I can discuss it with the principal this week. Will let you know what happens! :)
     
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    I would suggest ability grouping for reading instead of grade grouping. Do you have sets of guided reading books that you can use in small groups?
     

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