Thursday, 12 October 2017 15:20

From grade levels to "Flexible Grouping" Featured

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DEXTER - Ridge View community school in Dexter is trying something new.

They are doing away with grades levels to try "flexible grouping."


Principal Jerry Kiesman said "We now have kids who aren't meeting the standards in a certain grade level. So we're enabling them to be in environments of learning that aren't necessarily in their grade level."


Flexible grouping means a student in grade two who's not meeting the standard can go to another classroom for a subject and get the instruction they need .


"We may have children moving up depending how fast they go through the proficiency. We may have children moving down. We may have children in the middle, and they will look at those kids through time frequently throughout the year. So they could move in out up down whatever the needs are" says Kiesman.


Kids don't know that the school is doing away with grades because it's not unusual for them to go to English class with a set of piers, and then go to another classroom with another instructor.


"It's natural for them we never delineated it they don't know any different" said Kiesman.


Students love the no grade system. They feel confident being with other students who are at the same level with them.


Baylee Turcotte a fourth grader said "I feel comfortable because we have a whole group together instead of like little groups."


"That way we learn the same things together" said Genevieve Rich another fourth grader.


Ian Saunders a third grader said "I like it because it's more like one on one time. One students really high up here and another down here you can't really teach the same thing."


It's taken a lot of work, huge amounts of dedication, and communication from faculty and staff.


"Cause we're talking about two grade levels of kids so that's eight teachers and that's 160 kids that we're collaborating with all the time" said Kiesman.


Shonna Narine

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