Looping -- when a teacher moves with his or her students to the next grade level rather than sending them to another teacher at the end of the school year -- is a phenomenon that is growing in popularity in the United States. Among the advantages touted by looping teachers are students' easy adjustments to the second year with the same teacher; teachers' awareness of students' interests and needs; and the ease of communication between teachers and parents who are familiar with one another. Among the possible drawbacks is that teachers will have difficult students two years in a row; for students, they might have a more difficult transition to the next grade after having the same teacher for two years. For many reasons, students with special needs stand to be the biggest beneficiaries of looping.
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In the Loop: Students and Teachers Progressing Together
Looping was initially advocated by early 20th-century Austrian educator Rudolf Steiner. Despite success in European schools, looping is still considered innovative in the U.S. Included: Looping research, plus comments from kids -- pro and con -- about looping.