Key Resource: Working with Multigrade Classes

Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa and The Open University (2016) Key Resource: Working with Multigrade Classes. [Teaching/Learning Resource]

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What counts in teaching is not the size of the class, nor the age or grade of the pupils in it, but the quality of the teaching. In this key resource, the document is some suggestions for teaching classes with pupils of different grades. Active learning strategies for multigrade classes The following teaching strategies are for whole class or mixed-grade groups: Round: Each pupil has a two- or three-minute opportunity to express his or her point of view on a given topic while others listen. For older pupils, the topic can be controversial or thought-provoking, such as ‘Education is valuable for my daily life.’ For younger pupils, choose a simple topic, such as ‘What I like about school.’ This activity will provide you with a range of viewpoints to consider when delivering your lessons, as well as building a sense of ‘safe participation’ and confidence among your pupils.
Brainstorming: Ask pupils to think individually about an issue or problem – for example ‘Why is water becoming scarce?’ or ‘How can we improve our school?’ – and to list its possible causes. Stress that people working together can create more than an individual alone. Simulations and games: Ask pupils to role-play a situation; for instance, ‘What would you do if you were confronted by a bully?’ By creating situations that are momentarily real, your pupils can practise coping with stressful, unfamiliar or complex situations. Peer teaching: Randomly select pupils to find out about a specific topic and then teach the basics of the material to a partner, group or the entire class.

Item Type: Teaching/Learning Resource
Learning outcomes: To encourage peer learning
Search terms: Open Educational Resources (OER), Multigrade classes
Subjects: Education-Traditional and online learning
Level: Subject Resources > Teacher Education
Program: Working with multigrade classes
Access: Open
Depositing User: COL Staff
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2021 15:25
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2021 12:42

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