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During my internship I was placed into a rural school which used split grades or multiage classrooms There were classrooms with a grade 1-2 split a 2-3 split a 4-5 split and a 5-6 split I was placed in the grade 2-3 split After about a month and a half into the school year the decision was made to make some changes The grade 1 2 and 3s would be separated into their own grade specific classrooms For the remainder of my internship I noticed a distinct positive change in the students after the switch away from the multi-grade classrooms The question that I as left with and will be the topic of my paper is Was the positive change I saw in the students real Or was it a bias I have What are the advantages and disadvantages of multi-grade classrooms The relevance of this issue is based in the students well being As educators we should be focused on what is best for the students If there is a distinct disadvantage to the students within multi-graded we as education professionals should be on the frontlines standing up for the students best interest The multi-graded classroom got their start as the one-room school consisting of many students of different ages and abilities If you had asked a student from one of these schools what grade he or she was in you would likely have received a bewildered look These early schools were non-graded Students of different ages learned and played together as a single class Wragg 1984 With the beginning of the industrial revolution the ideal of mass public education took root and the practice of graded schools began The graded school system provided a means of organizing and classifying the increased number of urban students of the 1800s Educators found it easier to manage students by organizing them into age divisions or grades further solidifying graded school organization Goodlad
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