Why Looping?

Whenever possible at Merriam, we loop classes together for a two-year period with the same teacher. First graders stay together with the same teacher through second grade; third graders stay together with the same teacher through fourth grade, and fifth graders stay with the same teacher through sixth grade. Looping has been around since the 1900s and there is much research, which praises its benefits.

  • One of the more obvious benefits is that looping fosters a safe, nurturing climate where problem solving, risk taking, and active involvement are encouraged.
  • A strong sense of community is built among student, teacher, and family members.
  • Anxiety about the new school is virtually eliminated for the second year in a loop.
  • Other benefits include extra teaching time, as “getting-to-know-you time” is unnecessary during the second year.
  • Students have more time to develop critical social skills and practice cooperative group strategies.
  • Teachers gain a deeper knowledge about a child’s intellectual strengths and weaknesses that is not possible during a single year together.
  • At Merriam we believe that the long-term relationships that are developed as a result of looping are incredibly valuable to a child’s education and development.

    Below are links to research articles around Looping:

    Looping at One Elementary School.pdf
    Looping ECE.pdf
    Looping- An Empirical Evaluation.pdf
    Teacher & Parent Perspectives on Looping.pdf
    The Effects of Looping on the Academic Achievement of Elementary.pdf

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