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Are Age-Flexible Classrooms the Future?
- May 18, 2017
- Posted by: yorktown
- Category: Student-Centered Learning
Age-flexible classrooms are among the best school programs, yet among the few. The reason is that the multiage or age-flexible classroom has yet to find its way into the mainstream as the ‘norm’. Still considered an anomaly for the most part, age-flexible learning environments may be among the few, but they are proving to be among the very best.
There’s more to it than just getting them out the door at graduation. Too many high schools students are not getting what they need to succeed. At Yorktown Education, we believe in helping students discover what they enjoy doing the most. Once they are in touch with what inspires them, we provide an environment that doesn’t hold them back, but rather encourages and supports them. Students achieve at high levels in subjects where they are most skilled and interested.
What this means is that not only do our students share learning among their peers, they may also be sharing with students who are younger or older than they are. For the last thirteen years, Yorktown has proven that age-flexible classrooms work. We believe that it is more effective to not educate by grade level, but rather by what students ‘love to do’ — what inspires them, motivates them and stimulates their curiosity.
With our program our students are able to rise to higher levels than the same aged students at other schools. So we know that age-flexible classrooms achieve results.
As younger students find help in a subject from older students, older students recount ways in which they have discovered their own natural skills for mentoring – and often without even realizing that’s what they’re doing. It’s a skill they may not be aware they have until it is proven by doing. Teachers trust the process of letting these relationships develop on their own, realizing it works to everyone’s advantage.