Teaching Multigrade Class

Communicate to parents through a class website. Plan to teach each lesson in half of the time (or less). For example if you would spend 1 hour on math in a single-grade class, spend ½ hour teaching and helping the 1. Grade before spending a ½ hour teaching. The teacher used a particular strategy and technique in teaching multigrade class. This strategy is the lecture. She used this technique when introducing a topic, defining an issue, explaining. Teachers in multi-grade teaching schools need to be very flexible in their management of classrooms to fit particular teaching situation, the physical environment and the composition of the class.

Teaching and Learning in Multigrade Classrooms: What Teachers Say
The Irish Journal of Education / Iris Eireannach an Oideachais

Teaching Multi Grade Classrooms

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This paper presents the results of an exploratory study which examined the perceptions and beliefs of 75 teachers regarding four-grade multigrade classes in two-teacher schools. The study investigated the degree to which positive and negative perceptions of the multigrade setting which had been identified in research elsewhere were common in the Irish context. Findings were similar to those of previous studies for the most part. However, Irish teachers identified considerably more positive features of multigrade teaching.

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The Irish Journal of Education considers for publication articles on any aspect of education – philosophy, history, comparative education, curriculum studies, etc. Reports of experimental research and articles which have a particular relevance to education in Ireland are especially welcome.

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The Educational Research Centre was established on the campus of St Patrick’s College, Dublin in January, 1966. The setting up of the Centre was a means of widening the scope of, and making for greater continuity in, research efforts in Ireland. The Centre works at all levels of the education system, from pre-school to third level.

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A multi grade class is defined as a class composed of two or more grades less than one teacher in a complete or incomplete elementary school. But when was this system introduced in the Philippines setting?
The Multi Grade System has been implemented since 1920’s. it has always been covered by policies on monograde class organization which resulted in multi grade classes. The multi grade system has been with us for quite sometime but it is very obvious that we have not regarded it as a very viable alternative delivery system to provide access to basic education as well as quality education by providing complete grade levels in all public elementary schools.

Teaching Multigrade Classes

While DECS (now DepEd) officials then had always recognized the existence of multi grade classes, it was only under the leadership of Secretary Armand Fabella (1993-1994) that the multi grade program was launched as a systematic and viable means of meeting the goal and providing education for all.
The existence of the multi grade classes in our country is also embodied under the provision of the Philippine Constitution. Considering the present thrusts of the government to make at least elementary education truly accessible to all particularly to children in remote barangays, a policy has been made and declared to build a school in all school-less barangays where enrolment and population growth trends warrant the establishment of a new school, and develop and /or implement the Multi grade System of Delivery, so as to enable children to complete their elementary schooling particularly in areas where it is uneconomical to put up a six-classroom building.
From then on, multi grade classes became truly a part of our educational system. at present, some of these multi grade classes were already converted to monograde classes due to increase of enrolment while other areas of the country are just starting to put up multi grade classes.
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