Multilevel Class Management Models
Most ABE classes have learners with varying skill levels. The same learner may be proficient in one skill area (e.g., writing), but need significant instruction in another (e.g., math). A multilevel class can prove challenging for instructors as they strive to meet individual learner needs, while still creating a sense of class community.
The following five models provide some options for managing a multilevel ABE class. Each model has advantages and disadvantages; you may wish to experiment using one or more of these models.
Model 1. Divide and Conquer
This model works especially well when an aide assists student-directed groups, as necessary.
The "Divide and Conquer" approach provides:
The "Divide and Conquer" approach presents challenges because:
- Who are My Students
- Before You Start Teaching
- When You Start Teaching
- Some Instructional Do’s
- California Model Program Standards for Adult Basic Education
- What Research Says About Teaching Adults to Read
- Assessment and Accountability
- Implications for Adult Educators of the "SCANS" Report
- 10 Easy Things You Can Do to Integrate Workplace Basics (SCANS Competencies) Into Your Classroom
- General Strategies for Organizing and Managing an ABE Class
- Multilevel Class Management Models
- Appendix A: Resources for Adult Educators
- Appendix B: Words of Wisdom
- Appendix C: Personal Learning Plan
- Appendix D: S.T.E.P.S. Interview Guide