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Multi-age classrooms

The move towards the establishment of multi-age classrooms that is gradually occurring in Australian schools needs to be applauded. The traditional way of grouping of children in same age classrooms assumes that the teacher is an instructor and the sole focus of learning. However, children learn a great deal from each other. They need to be seen as resources rather than products and provided with opportunities to be teachers as well as learners. Multi-age classrooms provide kids with the opportunity to be both teacher and learner as they work together rather than just alongside each other. Such classrooms enable them to learn problem-solving skills and develop social competencies and the skills of autonomy and independence in a real-life, family-like structure.

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