When you have a wide range
of age, ability, maturity and interests among the class, it is very important that your classroom is highly organised and
structured. Everyone needs to know where to find things, how to store things, where to sit for different activities, where
to put completed work etc.
The multigrade classroom may
look quite different to a traditional classroom. Instead of desks in lines, all facing the chalkboard, you may see:
-Desks organised into small
-A space in the centre of
the room, or perhaps some marked spaces around the room where groups can sit on the floor and work
-Workstations or learning
centres, where individuals and groups may go to complete activities. These will be made by the teacher and could include maths,
writing, language centres, or focus on the theme being taught.
-Resources kept on shelves
around the outside of the room, in boxes which are labelled to help the group identify what they need
-Boxes or folders for students
work to be kept in
-Plenty of examples of individual and group work on display
-Whatever the physical arrangement, multigrade
teachers need to be flexible in their approach and their classroom space may be reorganised often.