QUOTE (feliz6 @ 24/11/2012, 04:37 AM)
what are the negatives you keep hearing about? I can't think of any potential negatives in a composite class that wouldn't also exist for a regular class.
My bold - because I think it needs to be said again.
The spread of abilities exists in a straight grade as it does in a multiage, except there will be more. A good teacher will cover these abilities in a straight grade and a multiage. A slack teacher will teach only to grade levels, maybe offer help to those who are struggling and probably ignore needs to higher achieving students - in a straight grade AND a multiage.
Multiage also allows those students from the higher grade who may be finding things difficult to be able to work in a group of kids with similar needs and skills rather than on their own or with one other.
PLUS there is the benefit of having friends a year older/younger - increases social skills.
My very bright daughter was in a year 1 of a Prep/1 multiage - and she was constantly challenged and extended by her teachers.
For me the benefits far outweigh any perceived negatives.