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    What are your opinions on composite classes esp for lower grades(yrs 1-3)?

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    Different for every child I think.

    For my own- he thrives on achievement and being pushed, and is in the higher end of average for his grade so as long as he was the lower of the 2 classes I think it would be good for him.

    But, I do very much think it's a child by child basis.

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    I'm not a big fan. DS was put in a K/1 when he was in year 1. He excels acadamically so it was only to his detriment.
    I guess if he was in the lower grade it might be to his benefit- although i'm still not a fan overall.

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    I don't like it at all.

    I think the children in one year level are usually very different, some high achievers, others struggling ect, so schools should focus on a more "personalised' program, something extra to keep high achievers motivated and support programs for those struggling, that'll keep them busy enough- they don't need a whole extra year level thrown in!

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    The school that my children attended this year is a school composed entirely of composite classes.

    This year mine were both in the lower grade (Prep/1 and 2/3 classes) and it worked wonderfully as my two are both above average, and DS spent the second half of the year in the Year 1 sight word and reading groups, and DD1 did Year 3 spelling etc etc.

    Also, they used to work with the other classes in their 'Neighbourhood' as they called them, for example every math session all of the Year 2's in DD's class went into the next door class and all of the Year 3's came into hers.

    I would probably have more reservations if they were in the higher year of the composite, but this school seems adamant composite are a great thing.
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    They can work well if they are put in the right one.

    All my kids have benefited from them, but they we chosen very carefully.

    J, H and G need to be in the bottom class so they could run ahead and be more challenged.
    M needs to be in the top class as it can give him more confidence.
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    They're great for grades 1-6 IMO - so 1/2, 3/4, 5/6.

    There are so many abilities in a grade that any straight grade 1 class would have students with Prep, grade 1, grade 2 abilities in them anyway. Teaching should be differentiated to cater for all student needs.

    Composites also allow for children to have behaviour modelled by older students and to mix with a range of kids, abilities and groupings. Straight grades lend more to the teacher teaching to the middle of the curriculum rather than truly personalising.

    I would always opt for children to be in composites rather than straight grades. Straight grade teaching is traditional and can be very blinkered in it's approach.
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    As a teacher, I believe they can work quite well! Older students can help younger, some older students may need revision of the yr befores concepts, they learn and grow from each other etc etc. with the new prep from June->June most kids can b different ages even in a straight class. I think multi-age should only b within two grades though (eg a 1/2 multi-age) not over three grades (eg 1/2/3 multi-age)

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    I think it largely depends on the child. For us it was terrible - it happened twice. First when DS was in year 2 (2-3) and again in year 6 (6-7). Both times it was a disaster. If your child is either not as socially mature as the children in their age group OR was born towards the end of the year you can have a situation where they are in a class with kids who could be up to 2 years older than them. Didn't work for us - but like I said depends on your child.

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    I hate them. Our SD who struggles with reading was in a composite prep/1, then again a prep/1, then a 1/2- always the older child in the composite- at the end of grade 2 she is still struggling with basic grade 1 readers and the teacher who is a total ditz and she has had all 3 years has just realised she is in grade 2 not grade 1 and is not in fact average for her reading but a full year behind. And should have been doing reading recovery as we asked this year. Before anyone jumps down my throat we have SD every second weekend in which we read at least twice a day and have paid tutors as well as buying lots of reading games etc. just annoys us the school forgot what year she was in.... Wouldn't have happened in a straight class
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