Pine community School purposefully provides Multi-Age learning
groups. We believe learning is socially constructed, enhanced by
access to peers with differing skills, strengths and ability levels.
Therefore, our curriculum is currently sequenced according to
developmental needs of the student. Learning groups are fluid
and dynamic. The group’s membership changes, as the students’
needs change. All students are encouraged to work with students
in other groups to provide peer support and opportunities for
developing positive relationships within the school [Pine
Community School: Arana Hills, Australia].
A MAC is not simply a group of different aged students placed in
the same classroom. Instead it is a well organized and thoroughly
thought out program designed to take advantage of the natural
diversity created[Leier, Marion. Port Williams Elementary:
Annapolis Valley Regional School Board].
A MAC offers many opportunities for students to develop skills
intellectually, socially, and emotionally. Students work in a
collaborative environment, paralleling the workplace. Students
design and produce projects that are authentic assessments of a
theme- or problem-based curriculum. Students collaborate on
these projects much as team in an office assemble a
presentation. Social interaction is imperative within these
teams. Practice within the educational setting prepares students
for the contemparary work force. A MAC offers all students a
chance to assume leadership roles in the areas in which they
excel, regardless of age [Natural Science Academy: St. Paul Park,
Their classroom -- with lessons in hard work, discipline,
cooperation and understanding -- is often visited by educators as
a model of inclusion. But it can't be replicated unless you buy into
the philosophy that education should mirror society rather than
prepare students for it (Briggs, T. W., 2003) [Millard Elementary
School: Pikeville, Kentucky].