Fla. teachers make mixed-grade classrooms work

03/22/2013 | Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Fla.)

In Sarasota County, Fla., 22 elementary schools include mixed-grade classrooms this year -- up from 14 last year -- as a way to keep class sizes smaller. For teachers, teaching two grades at once can be a mixed bag, requiring two lesson plans, more work and additional pressure. However, there are bright spots, such as when older students work to help the younger ones. One teacher, who was skeptical going into the year, said she has enjoyed teaching first- and second-grade students.

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