What are your opinions on composite classes esp for lower grades(yrs 1-3)?
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11-12-2012 06:15 #1
11-12-2012 06:27 #2
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.
11-12-2012 06:32 #3
Re: Composite classes
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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11-12-2012 06:52 #4
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!
11-12-2012 06:56 #5
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.
11-12-2012 07:01 #6
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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11-12-2012 07:09 #7
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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11-12-2012 07:15 #8Senior Member
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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)
11-12-2012 07:36 #9Senior Member
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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
11-12-2012 07:41 #10Senior Member
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I think they can work really well, but I would like to point out one unfortunate side effect for my daughter in her school where all classes are composite.
She joined the school in yr3 and was put in a 2/3 composite class. She became really close friends with a few yr2 students and everything was great. ... Until this year when she is now in year 4 and moves into a 4/5 composite class whilst her friends are now in year 3 and stay in the 2/3 class, and to make matters worse, the school is divided so years 4-7 have one eating area and one play area, and years P-3 have another eating area and another playing area. Thus she cannot even meet up with her friends at lunch time.
PS: My daughters birthday is right on the cutoff so she is the youngest in her grade, and small for her age as well, which is likely part of the reason she gravitated to make friends with the children from the lower grade who were closer to her age and size.
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