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Looping

In the practice of looping, a single graded class of children stays with the same teacher for two or more years or grade levels. The students and the teacher remain together as the class is promoted.

At the end of the second (or third) year in the pattern, the children move on to a new teacher while the looping teacher receives a new group of students at the lower grade level. Looping is not used in multiage grouping (because a multiage group does not comprise a single class grade) many schools considering starting a multiage program use looping as a first step.

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Article by Ellen R. Delisio
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