Corlears' class groups are always changing to meet the learning task. Students often come together in multi-age groups where both older and younger students learn from each other. The age groupings of classrooms at Corlears vary depending on the level and may change from year to year.
Students' class groupings vary each day throughout the week. For example, students might have math project time when they work to solve problems with students older and younger than themselves, and then proceed to a multi-age literacy time where students are grouped by reading level. Later in the day, they might return to their classroom where they are working with their classroom age grouping on an interdisciplinary project. In addition, students work in small single-age groups for skills work in math and word work.
These shifts are deliberate and connected to an understanding of what will most support specific learning tasks. The groupings allow each student’s intellectual, social and emotional development to grow on an appropriate timetable.
An additional benefit of the multi-age approach is that it blurs the line between grade levels and establishes a community that is inclusive, making students of all ages feel safe and free to take risks throughout the school.