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    ByDesign Science Multi-grade Cycle Charts and Resources - North American Division Grade 1-Grade 8
    "The ByDesign program provides resources for the multi-grade teacher. The resources align the topics across grades 1–4 and grades 5–8, allowing a teacher with multi-grade combinations to teach the same topic across grade levels. This is accomplished...

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    Lifeline - A Handbook for Small School Success Kindergarten-Grade 8
    This valuable North American Division small school teacher/principal manual includes checklists, ideas, options, important things to do and remember, problem-solving strategies, teaching strategies, and professional development information. The handbook can...

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    NAD Multigrade Classroom Kindergarten-Grade 8
    "Are you a multigrade teacher looking for all the NAD multigrade resources in one place? This site contains smart resources created to support multigrade teachers and their students as they navigate their complex role in a small school setting." Resources...

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    SoSmart - NAD Social Studies Management and Resource Tool for Multi-grade Classrooms Grade 1-Grade 8 New!!
    "The SoSmart manual is designed to assist the multi-grade teacher in planning and teaching social studies. Four cycles for both lower and upper grades incorporate the North American Division Social Studies Standards and content from the approved social...

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    Teacher Bulletin Kindergarten-Grade 12
    Prepared by the NAD Atlantic Union annually, Teacher Bulletin provides busy teachers with creative units for multi-grade/multi-age elementary classes.

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    A Comparison of the Academic Achievement in Multigrade and Single-grade Elementary Church-school Classrooms Kindergarten-Grade 9
    A quasi-experimental design was used to statistically compare academic achievement among 277 students in single-grade and multigrade classrooms in the Pacific Northwest. Adjustments were made using analysis of covariance to help insure comparable group means....

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    A Comparison of the Academic Achievement of Seventh-day Adventist Elementary Students by School Type: The Influence of Teacher, Student, Parent, and School Variables Kindergarten-Grade 12
    Enrollment in Seventh-day Adventist schools is declining as is the number of schools and teachers. While there could be many reasons for this, one perception of SDA schools, held by parents, teachers, pastors, and school board members, is that students enrolled...

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    A No-Paper Day Kindergarten-Grade 12
    A multigrade teacher shares how to implement a no-paper day each week. This is a day where students learn but the teacher doesn't have to take home papers to grade for the day. The author shares ideas for how to teach math, reading, Bible, language, spelling,...

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    A Personalized Daily Five - Teaching Small Groups of Math & Language Arts in a Multigrade Classroom Grade 1-Grade 8 New!!
    The presentation and handout from this 2018 NAD convention breakout session will show you how to implement a personalized Daily Five routine in your multi-grade classroom.

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    A Small School Teacher Talks About the Job She Loves Kindergarten-Grade 10
    Sandra Doran interviews Nancy Pinter about her passion for small-school teaching. Having taught in a large school, Pinter decided a small school was a much better environment to connect with students and provide them with individualized education and support....

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    Adventist Education Videos Preschool-Grade 12
    Browse hundreds of free presentations and webinars on a variety of topics, all provided by the North American Division Office of Education on their Vimeo channel.

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    An 18-Hour Day - Which Hat Do I Wear? Teacher or Principal? Kindergarten-Grade 12
    Martha Havens examines the complexity and addresses the challenges of educational administrators who hold a teacher-principal role. This article suggests survival skills and management suggestions for simplifying the task.

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    Basal Readers and Trade Books Kindergarten-Grade 4
    This article gives a detailed overview of how to combine the Life Reading Series basal readers with trade books, using a unit from the readers with a book, or several books, which have the same theme. The ultimate goal is that students will see reading as...

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    Bigger is not Necessarily Better Kindergarten-Grade 12
    Evidence and research substantiate the many advantages students receive in a multigrade environment, and challenge the philosophy that "bigger is better". Advantages include social development and self-concept; self-concept and work study skills;...

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    ByDesign Science for the Multi-grade Classroom Kindergarten-Grade 8
    This 2018 NAD convention workshop was "designed to help teachers in multi-grade classrooms better utilize the By Design Science program and take advantage of the many inquiry science opportunities available in the program that fit well with the multi-grade...

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    Choosing a School Is No Small Matter Kindergarten-Grade 10
    Nash advocates for smaller schools, citing research that a mix of ages and abilities provides optimum opportunities for student collaboration and provides a stable, reliable environment. Statistics show that students in smaller schools have stronger academic...

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    Cooperation - The Only Way to Go in Small Schools Kindergarten-Grade 8
    This article from the special JAE issue on cooperative learning states that multigrade classrooms provide the perfect climate for practicing cooperative learning skills. The author gives suggestions for the different subject areas as well as catchy getting-started...

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    Critical Inquiry in ByDesign Science - 10 Reasons to Like the ByDesign Science Textbooks Grade 1-Grade 8
    Gilkeson describes the ByDesign Science curriculum, stating, “This engaging, rigorous, and developmentally appropriate curriculum nurtures children’s natural curiosity as they explore the wonders of God’s creation through the lens of the...

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    Daily Oral Language Option for the Multi-grade Classroom Kindergarten-Grade 8
    This 2012 NAD session discusses how learning requires a brain-compatible environment that is authentic, safe and relevant. This system incorporates teaching the daily oral language target skills within a multi-grade classroom in a relevant, multi-level context,...

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    Effective Teaching in a Multi-grade Classroom Kindergarten-Grade 8
    This 2012 NAD presentation explores teaching strategies in a multi-grade classroom. The presentation also contains research-based findings about multi-grade teaching.

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    Elementary PE Activities - DVDs and Manual for K-2 Kindergarten-Grade 2
    Looking for an easy-to-use physical education (PE) program for young children? The creative physical activities presented in this DVD set were chosen with elementary classroom teachers, childcare providers, youth leaders, and home-school parents in mind. Children...

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    Flexible Seating: What, Why and How! Kindergarten-Grade 12
    An experienced multi-grade teacher explains how she shifted to a flexible classroom environment, and how you can do the same.

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    Grouping Students for Reading Instruction Kindergarten-Grade 8
    Ideas for teaching reading more effectively in small schools. Reading instruction provides unusual challenges because students must be taught at a mastery level and provided with enrichment and reinforcement. Suggestions dealing with general group management...

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    Hands-on Social Studies for the Multigrade Classroom Kindergarten-Grade 8
    This article from the JAE special social studies, history, and geography issue suggests steps and activities to help multigrade teachers organize their time and make social studies exciting for elementary students. Teachers should make a yearly plan and outline...

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    Informative Writing Lesson Plan for Multi-Grade Classrooms Grade 1-Grade 8
    Prepared by a small school teacher, this informative writing lesson plan is differentiated across the multi-grade classroom. Included for each grade level are key learning/common core connections, directions, and a rubric.

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    JAE Editorial: Survival Skills for Multigrade Teachers Kindergarten-Grade 10
    Hartlein shares encouragement to teachers in one- and two-room schools. Articles in this issue: Scholastic Olympics Make Learning Fun The...

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    JAE Editorial: The Power of a Small School - Taste It Again for the First Time Kindergarten-Grade 12
    Adventism began its educational system with small schools; Brewer urges us to continue with small schools as an effective way of reaching students. Articles in this issue include the following titles: Choosing...

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    K-2 Multi-Grade Bridge Kindergarten-Grade 2
    From the Southern Union Conference, "K-2 BRIDGE is an option for K-1 or K-2 multi-grade teachers trying to teach Pathways 1-2 and the new Kindergarten Stepping Stones. Both can be accomplished by teaching one core book using one Daily Lesson Guide. All...

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    Kindergarten Stepping Stones Lead Teacher Follow-up Kindergarten-Grade 2
    This 2012 NAD Teachers Convention presentation for Kindergarten Stepping Stones Lead Teachers includes a great PPT overview of booklists, K-2 multigrade P.R.E.P. resources, and sample schedules.

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    Lake Union K-2 Program Manual Kindergarten-Grade 2
    A manual outlining the philosophy and criteria for the establishment of a K-2 Seventh-day Adventist program, is accessible online. It includes general Lake Union requirements pertaining to K, 1 and 2, and specific considerations for this combined grouping....

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    Leading the Way: The Relationship Between Effective Teachers Interactions with Their Students and Their Students Interactions with Each Other in Two Multi-grade Parochial Classrooms Grade 1-Grade 8
    This qualitative research study examined the teacher-student and student-student interactions that took place in two elementary parochial classrooms staffed by teachers nominated as effective by their supervisors. The study also examined relationships, similarities...

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    Life in a Church School Kindergarten-Grade 10
    Excerpted from the book Growing Up Adventist: A Fond Look Back at the Church That Taught Me Faith, Love, and Laughter, Andy Nash writes of his experiences in a small Seventh-day Adventist School in Detroit, Michigan. Nash’s anecdotes tell of a...

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    Lively Science Teaching for Multigrade Classrooms Kindergarten-Grade 12
    This article from the JAE special science issue suggests that teachers who are responsible for science instruction of several or all grades should develop a program that meets the needs of the students without exceeding the teacher's energy. Teachers should...

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    Make Mine Math - GO Math and Big Ideas Math K-8 Yearly Plan Kindergarten-Grade 8
    This is a yearly plan of how to teach the GO Math series in a multi-grade setting, while integrating the computer program, IXL. At the end are lesson plans/projects that can be used to introduce GO Math units and are designed to incorporate all students in...

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    Making Every Minute Count Kindergarten-Grade 12
    Time management is of particular concern to multigrade teachers. Topics discussed are planning preparedness, seizing the moment, making lists, involving students, minimizing paperwork, individualizing instruction, making every moment count, defining goals...

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    Making Math Meaningful Kindergarten-Grade 8
    Beverley Bucknor shares many hands-on ideas for teaching math using manipulatives in a multigrade classroom. These include number stories; banking and shopping; sequencing; geoboards; geometry; measurement (using bulletin boards); math labs; and integrating...

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    Managing and Organizing the Multigrade Classroom Preschool-Grade 8
    This 2012 NAD Teachers Convention presentation on the well-managed classroom is a teacher's dream. See how students can work with you, not against you, to make learning happen. This model works well for all elementary classrooms and uses techniques that are...

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    Matching Your Teaching to the Dyslexic's Learning Style Kindergarten-Grade 12 New!!
    How a multigrade teacher developed a new science curriculum that incorporated her teaching methods for other classes. Topics were selected, objectives listed, and specific activities listed. How each unit was introduced and evaluated is discussed. From the...

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    Multiple Intelligences in the Small Classroom Kindergarten-Grade 12
    This article from the Multiple Intelligences (MI) issue of JAE shows how to apply MI theory in a multi-grade classroom. Small schools usually do not have many resource people, so teachers often have to manage the task of instructing and evaluating students....

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    P.R.E.P. (Pathways Resources for Easy Planning) Manual - Multi-grade Classrooms Grade 1-Grade 8
    The resources in this manual are invaluable for teaching Pathways in a multi-grade setting. Find master planning guides, check lists, cycle charts, sample yearly plans and daily schedules, templates, and component support, as well as resources specific to...

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    Plants - A SMART Unit Kindergarten-Grade 8
    Plants, plants, plants! God had no shortage of ideas when he began creating them. This unit opens to students the wonders of the third day of creation with a host of hands on activities. It provides the multigrade or one room school teacher with a gift of...

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    Presentation on Pathways Resources for Easy Planning - P.R.E.P. Kindergarten-Grade 8
    This 2012 NAD Teachers Convention presentation on Pathways Resources for Easy Planning (P.R.E.P.) is a multi-grade tool for grades 1-8, prepared to meet the needs of educators teaching more than one grade. While the PREP helps the multi-grade teacher, it may...

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    Small School English Correlation Guide Grade 1-Grade 8
    The Small Schools English Correlation Guide is designed for use with The Small Schools English Manual, (no longer available for purchase) and Houghton Mifflin English 2001. Topics include: sentence study, paragraph development, writing letters,...

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    Small Schools - How Effective Are the Academics? Kindergarten-Grade 10
    Results of the CognitiveGenesis project show that developmental standard score growth per year is higher in smaller schools. A graph shows specific findings. Other educational research confirms the CognitiveGenesis analysis that multigrade classes, small classes,...

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    Startup.com - The Pilot for AE21 Distributed Education Kindergarten-Grade 12
    This article describes the background to and the launching of AE21 Small School Distance Learning Pilot, which provides Adventist students, regardless of geographic boundaries, access to Adventist education.

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    Teaching Art Appreciation Across the Grade Levels Kindergarten-Grade 12
    One excellent way to develop critical thinking skills is through a study of music, painting, sculpture, and architecture. This article includes three steps for teachers to introduce the arts into their classrooms, as well as four stages of questioning to lead...

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    Teaching French as a Second Language Using Pathways to French Kindergarten-Grade 8
    This 2012 NAD Teachers Convention presentation includes a program which has been created to help teachers who teach French as a second language in a multi-grade class, but are not bilingual themselves. The goal is to help teachers foster in their students...

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    Teaching Math in the Multigrade Classroom Kindergarten-Grade 8
    One of the biggest strengths of a multigrade class is having so many teachers in one place! Older students can help younger ones with concepts the older ones have mastered. This article tells how to implement a peer tutoring system for math in a one-room school...

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    The Heart of an Adventist Teacher Kindergarten-Grade 12
    A Seventh-day Adventist teacher makes a lasting impression on a student, who then decides to become an Adventist teacher herself. Shirley Fuquay writes of her experience as that young girl and her future career of 31 years teaching in Seventh-day Adventist...

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    The Impact of Use of Mathematics Manipulatives on Attitudes Toward Mathematics Success Among Students in a Multigrade Classroom Grade 7-Lifelong
    Math manipulatives are designed to help students visualize and maneuver math concepts. Many studies have been conducted using manipulatives in a single-grade classroom. The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine the impact of a structured manipulatives...

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    Thematic Management in Small Schools - The Itty Bitty City Grade 1-Grade 8
    A classroom that is managed well creates a learning environment which facilitates positive student interaction, effective engagement in learning, and self-motivation. Using overarching themes in the classroom helps students learn to work together toward common...

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    What Shall We Call Him - Multi-Grade Christmas Program Grade 1-Grade 8
    A multi-grade Christmas program based on the various names of Jesus. Includes introduction, list of hymns, full script, separate parts, sheets for memory work, and examples of ornament props used.