Why do schools make kids switch classes at the end of year?

3/4J here are some questions for you and our global audience.

1.Why do schools make kids switch classes at the end of the year?

2. Would you like your teacher to follow you through you to the next level?

3. What qualities make a teacher special to you?

4. Is there a teacher you would love to keep as your teacher forever? Explain why?

Here is the article written by a teacher names Stephanie for you to read and reflect on.
http://traintheteacher.me/2015/06/15/why-do-schools-make-kids-switch-classes-at-the-end-of-year/

Alongside the excitement of scampering off on holidays, I often feel a twinge of sadness at the end of the year as I bid farewell to my class.

Each class I’ve taught has its own personality and idiosyncrasies. Even though I’ve had a large number of kids come and go during the year, there were enough children there to maintain the culture of the class. In two months I will start from scratch building a new class culture with a new group of kids and their families.

It’s a tradition to start the new school year with a new teacher, yet does this tradition align with our beliefs about learning? We spend a lot of time in schools talking about the importance of strong relationships between kids, teachers and families – yet we purposefully keep the time to develop and maintain those relationships short.

What if instead of moving kids on the teachers moved with the kids?

Relationships would strengthen – a big factor particularly in international schools where change is a big constant.
Teachers would have to develop their teaching to fit more around the needs of the child rather than kids making the move into ‘year 4′
It would remove the anxiety of starting a school year for kids and teachers wondering ‘Who the teacher will be? Will they like me?’
In some cases children don’t get along with their teacher and the end of the year can’t come soon enough.Looking back on my own experience with looping there was a child I had a horror first year with and who I didn’t think I could teach for another year. Yet our second year actually was so much better.

Not all stories have a happy ending.

And if the relationship has broken down, make the move (though an argument could be made that if the relationship has broken down to the point the end of the year is far too late).

Is the tradition of moving kids on something that no longer aligns with our beliefs about learning:

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  One thought on “Why do schools make kids switch classes at the end of year?

  1. June 24, 2015 at 1:32 am

    Comment Left by Holly 5/6K
    Hi Mrs Joyce,

    Schools make you change classes at the end of the year because we need to move up a level of learning and also because we need to make new friends.

    I would of liked mrs joyce to follow me through to the next year because she is organised and we are always doing things from around the world and there is so much more about why that I cant put in words because there too cool to think about how to put in words.

    the qualities that make mrs Joyce special is the ways she can get students ingaged is great and with all her friends from around the world that she gets in touch with is great because they all are different and other people in the class are different and some of the people she skypes or gets in touch with are different and most of the time some people have more questions about one person than another.

    I would love to keep mrs joyce because I love the way we do different global projects she is fun to work with and you never get bored theres always something you will love to do for you to do. Also in 2014 I was in mrs joyces class an I went into the school year hating technology but I left the school year absolutely loving it. I knew so many more things to do with it so that is just a few reasons why I would like to have mrs joyce as my teacher every learning year.

  2. Peace
    June 24, 2015 at 9:28 am

    1. Why do schools make kids switch classes at the end of the year?
    They make you change classes at the end of the year because we need to move up a level in learning.

    2. Would you like your teacher to follow you through you to the next level?
    I would LOVE Mrs Joyce to follow me though the next level because she has taught me things that I have never known before, she made blogs for us. She is one nicest teacher I’ve ever had 😉

    3. What qualities make a teacher special to you?
    There personality. Mrs Joyce has a very good personality in a way of teaching. She engages us with global things; such as mystery skype, French lessons, Joel Bergner, Camp Zaatari, Kutoa and many more.

    4. Is there a teacher you would love to keep as your teacher forever? Explain why?
    I would love to keep Mrs Joyce as my teacher because I love the way we get to do look to learns, Haiku Decks, homework. Everything in Mrs Joyce’s grade is so much fun. Everything is so exciting when we meet a new class on Twitter, when Mrs Joyce finds new information and shares it on our blog. Our blog is awesome. We use it for doing homework and looks to learns, it is really fun!!!

  3. June 25, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Hi,
    I would absolutely love it if Mrs Joyce followed me through all my schooling years. She is the most inspiring teacher I have ever been a student for or met. She always makes a way for new opportunitys, and she always was and is posting the latest happenings like the Kutoa Foundation, Kate Varela, Camp Zaatari, Joel Bergner or Look to Learns. I remember when we had a Mystery Skype in China and everyone was trying to guess where the other grade was, it was so fun!
    She has so many qualitys! For example she sets goals and does whatever she can to achieve them, when she found out about Camp Zaatari and she saw the effort put in to the murals she pressed on even further and found out who ( Joel Burgner) painted these amazing murals, and hound out how much more murals he had done around the world and the she managed to acctually Scype him! Me and my classmates met him and his parents over Scype! She is the best! Mrs Joyce is so engaging, she has whoever she is teaching focused on what she is teaching, whatever it may be.😉❤️
    I’m not very good at putting my opinion into words but here is why I wish Mrs Joyce could be my teacher forever!❤️
    Emmi

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