Does the idea of a small country school conjure images of the one-room schoolhouse from Little House on the Prairie? Perhaps you’ve lived the small town life and attended a remote school. For most, the one-room schoolhouse is no more than a nostalgic idea from books and movies; but for many it’s part of personal history. Growing up in small mixed-grade classrooms is a rare experience. Teaching in these little classroom communities is highly fulfilling yet uniquely challenging.
In a world full of information, it’s surprising to me that teachers of small schools must weed through loads of irrelevant information to find the help they need. Today’s teacher frequently turns to the Internet for inspiration, lesson ideas, and activities. A quick search turns up oodles of resources easily available just a click away — if you happen to be searching for single-grade resources that is.
Teachers with multiple grade classrooms are an under-represented group on the Internet. There are some of us out there, and the information we so desire is out there… somewhere. Though it’s not easily accessible. Information pertaining to the unique issues of multiple grade teaching hides in unexpected places. We’re an especially busy group of professionals. There’s no time to weed through resources, so when we find a gem it ought to be shared!
My rich background in small schools and mixed grade classes gives me insight from the perspective of student, parent, and teacher. My heart is for small schools and the teachers, families, and children who use them. Join me here as I discuss the real blessings and challenges of teaching, parenting, and growing up in very small schools.