CHAPTER 1: LEARNING AND TEACHING IN THE MULTILEVEL CLASSROOM
This resource examines the research base underpinning multilevelclassrooms in which one teacher is responsible for students of abroader age-range than is generally found in the traditional single-grade classroom. It provides pedagogical and practical supports toassist the
(students, teachers, administrators,and parents) in taking advantage of the unique opportunitiesmultilevel classrooms provide. The instructional and assessmentapproaches suggested for these classrooms are also best practices insingle-grade classrooms.
Definitions of Terms
In this resource, the term
refers to student-centred classrooms in which students learn across two or moregrades and are taught by the same teacher for two or more years. InManitoba, these classrooms are generally referred to as
. Some schools/divisions/districtsalso use the term
whenone teacher has a broad age-range of students for two or more years.
Reasons for Establishing Multilevel Classrooms
Decisions to create multilevel classrooms are based on pedagogicaland/or demographic considerations:•Some schools/divisions/districts choose multilevel programming forphilosophical reasons. These deliberately formed multilevelclassrooms emphasize a continuum of learning, rather thanmaintaining grade differences. In such classrooms students workwith the same teacher for two or more years.•In communities with low student populations, all Early Yearsstudents, all Middle Years students, or all students fromKindergarten to Grade 8 may be taught in the same classroom.These classes, like the deliberately formed multilevel classrooms,may also emphasize a continuum of learning.•Other schools may have two or more grades assigned to the sameteacher to manage shifting enrollment. These classrooms are oftenviewed as a temporary measure within a school.Regardless of whether multilevel classrooms are created forpedagogical or demographic reasons, they can be seen as assets thatpromote quality learning.
Application ofBest Practicesto MultilevelClassrooms
In this resource, theterm
refersto both parents andguardians and is usedwith the recognitionthat in some casesonly one parent maybe involved in achild’s education.