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From: Kristina

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2001021814:35:04
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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