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Pros and Cons of Looping teachers

Looping, in education,is a term coined by Jim Gram to refer to the practice of teaching the same group of students for two years or more.This educational technique is not new;it has been around in the one room school houses for a long time ago when students and their same teacher worked together for many years.This was mainly due to shortage of teachers,weak infrastructure,and budget constraints.However,positive results came into fruition: positive rapport between students and their teacher,reduce discipline problems,increase instructional time and performance rate, to name but a few.Since then,this technique has been applied by some countries,especially Germany, in the educational field.

As far as my four years teaching experience is concerned,I am a big advocate of looping teachers.My looped students outsmart the non looped  ones in many things like he first year's diagnostic test, for example .yet, i am quite sure that looping has downsides as well.

  • Increase in instructional time
  • decrease in discipline problems
  • strong bonds between the students and their teacher are created
  • the teachers know more about their student's intellectual strengths and weaknesses
  • social construction of knowledge is facilitated as students know each other very well
  • low anxiety atmosphere conducive to learning
  •  Being stuck with a demotivated,lazy and incompetent teacher
  • students have limited peers'intercation
  • students sometimes get bored with the same teaching style,or rather the same teacher
As you see, the benefits do ,for sure, outweigh the downsides of looping teachers

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