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Multi-age Class

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I teach a k/1 class for the first time this year. Next year I am going to be the 1/2 teacher. I was wondering if anyone had advice on how to teach mathematics in a multi-age class? How do you structure your math class? My school uses a set books based on the curriculum for each grade level. This year I have tried to combine the concepts from both grades. My kindergarten students ended up doing more of the first grade math, but I do not like the way it is going. Next year, I want to teach math differently. I thought about creating units in math based on the "big idea" and differentiating based on abilities. It just seems like a lot of work to create for one year. I would love feedback and/or ideas on this. Thanks!

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Mary Kate Land
Montessori 4-6th grade teacher
Blogger 2014

In a Montessori classroom, where multi-age groupings are the rule, your idea is one of the tools we use to manage our lessons. All students participate in a key experience, but the follow-up activities are level specific. Even though you may not have combo classes in your future, you certainly will have students of varying abilities and they may need differentiated follow-up. So your work will have legs beyond this school year.

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