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Solo teachers in York County one-room schools assigned lots of assistants

This shows a typical class schedule for a teacher covering multi-grades in a one-room building. Background posts: Reader identifies mystery school building, Hidden Loucks School reflects past way of York County life and Web site packed with life indicators.
One-room schoolhouse enthusiast Bob Weaver shared a class schedule for an unspecified one-room school. (See his previous submission involving rules for teachers: One-room school teachers of yore given limited time to court)
The confusing intersection of the various grades leads to the question: How did the teachers ever teach anything?
Pose that question to anyone who went to a one-room school, and you’ll receive a ready answer… .

A teacher in a one-room school had help. The older students – Grades 7 and 8 – helped the younger students and on down the line.
Everyone knows that a good way to learn is to teach, and that’s exactly what happened in the one-room school culture.
That’s a model still used today, but one can’t help wondering if it’s used as often as it should be.