Positive Features of the K-1-2 Classroom

  • Is built on continuous progress
  • Provides developmentally appropriate activities (age and individual) for children
  • Recognizes that children develop at different rates and learn in different ways
  • Allows for the natural progression of developmental milestones, recognizing that academic skills develop as a child is ready and not before
  • Is designed to encourage collaborative learning (students) and planning (teachers)
  • Affords each child the opportunity for success through whole-group, small group and one-on-one activities
  • Is based on flexible grouping of children
  • Encourages cooperation                                                   
  • Is grounded in active learning and exploration
  • Helps to build self-confidence in young children
  • Fosters positive peer relationships
  • Provides opportunities to help one another and to serve and be perceived as positive role models
  • Provides opportunities for children to challenge themselves to higher level skills
  • Team teaching provides greater opportunity for differentiation and/or individual support as needed
  • Provides a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of young children