Rebecca is a third grader in a colorful, lively, multiage classroom. The desks are arranged in groups of four, although the children typically spend a good portion of each day working at various learning centers around the perimeter of the classroom—an art center, a pet center, and a reading corner with a cozy rug and comfy pillows. For a good portion of each school day, Rebecca and her classmates are actively engaged in hands-on, investigative activities, many of which grow out of questions that they themselves bring up. One day Rebecca was proudly showing her new size 4 sports shoes to everyone. When she was chatting with Marisa, she noticed that they were approximately the same height. “You’re just about th
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