MIP PART C Proposal for possible interventions at St. Michael’s Research of the advantages of multigrade education shows that the multigrade classroom settings which are sometimes called family groupings contribute to students actively engaging with the teachers, helping and asking each other as well as listening. Some of these advantages are:
A multigrade setting breaks down barriers of age and gender, therefore children respect each other as individuals, not according to age or grade level. Younger children use older children to acquire knowledge. Provides children with opportunities to find others of matching abilities. Creates a platform for children to excel socially in the classroom as this creates an environment for academic achievement.
Having these as some of the advantages thus entails an aim of avoidance of separating the children but to rather keep them grouped together and instead enhance the quality of their learning by:
Eliminating ‘classroom mentality’ and stimulating teaching and learning by moving away from the usual pattern of neat rows and desks and incorporating group settings and seating arrangements. Addition of multifunctional furniture such as chairs and tables incorporating storage features. Use of different tangible objects around the classrooms to stimulate the learning for students. Constructing mini-jungle gyms outside for their recreational activities. Planting vegetable gardens which will be maintained by the students to give them responsibility initiatives and sustainable activities. Outside classroom platform for the students to engage with the natural environment during some lessons.