To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Subject: Re: Re: Multi-age classoom teaching
Angela, what a great, complex question! In some ways you've answered your question. If the students already understand the 2nd grade curriculum, and if they are bored, then I can see NO reason to make them follow that curriculum. You certainly won't hurt your students by teaching them more and by teaching them concepts they are ready to understand. On the other hand, if your school does not support your philosophy of "accelerating" the students in the areas where they are ready, the students could find themselves in a tough spot when they get to their next teacher. My advice would be to supplement the curriculum (for both the 2nd and 3rd graders) with activities and projects which allow them to use their mathematical understanding, discover patterns, and solidify concepts. Use the activities in your teaching guides as well as ideas you find on the Web or in books. This also might be a good time to open the conversation up to other teachers (and the principal) in your school. Ideally you would all agree on a philosophy that will work for your population of students. Good luck!
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