I love teaching a split grade class. I know this may not be a popular opinion in teaching but there it is. The reality is, many of us teach split-grade classrooms and although it has its challenges it also has some amazing benefits. A Colleague from my school board wrote this last year about lovin the split. In it, she lists these as the amazing benefits of split grade teaching
These are amazing benefits but how can it be done? How do I teach a split? is a question I often read on Facebook forums.
My Philosophy for Split Grade Teaching:
Tip #1: Teacher as a Guide
I think it is important to understand as a teacher how you will teach. The old lecture style of teaching where the teacher is the giver of information is not the most effective way to teach today’s students. Perhaps it was before the internet but not today. Students have access to more information at their fingertips than ever before and that information is instant. However, the information is not always correct or there is so much how does one person really sift through it to find the answer that they are looking for. As a teacher, there are times for direct instruction and there are times for student inquiry.