As I observed successful multiage classrooms in Canada and Washington State before the creation of the multiage class my own kids would eventually take part in, I noticed that every child was on his or her own individual path of learning in a continuum that mutually supported the greater social structure (in this case, the other classmates) around them. I realized I was witnessing a touch of that "village." Many different ages and skill levels interacted, competitiveness naturally melted away, and the higher forms of human interaction--such as the desire to help others--came forward. When there is no obvious unit of measurement to be compared to, competitiveness has less fuel to grow on.Read the whole article here.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
An Ode to the One Room Schoolhouse
An oldie but a goodie from Mothering magazine:
Posted by Kelly Coyle DiNorcia at 5:35 AM