Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Pros and Cons of Looping

A recent discussion of "looping" provides a basis for discussion on a practice which has some applications in our district (the 1st & 2nd grades classes at Pierce) and the 3/4, 5/6, 7/8 classes at Covington. See the discussion here.

Flexibility is key, say experts.

A second-grade teacher for years, Melissa Fleischer wanted to know how first-graders were prepared, so she moved back a grade with the idea of staying with her class for two years.
Then she thought she’d just stick with them to third grade. Then fourth. Then fifth.
“We just sort of kept rolling,” says Fleischer, an instructional coach at Bailey’s Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences in Falls Church, Va. “The community we had established with the kids was just amazing.”

The practice, known as looping, has grown in popularity over the last several years as tougher federal standards pushed educators for new ways to boost student performance. In a looping class, the teacher advances to the next grade level with the students, typically staying with the class for two or three years before looping back.

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