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

Model 1

This model works especially well when an aide assists student-directed groups, as necessary.



The "Divide and Conquer" approach provides:

  • Level-specific instruction;
  • Teacher-student interaction; and
  • Self-paced study for learners.

The "Divide and Conquer" approach presents challenges because:

  • It requires extensive preparation;
  • Meaningful student-directed activities must be devised;
  • It requires a large space; and
  • It may publicly identify the skill levels of learners.

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