Some Maryland schools are using a process called "looping" to keep the same teacher with a class of students as they move from grade to grade. "We have done it when it makes sense, when there's a particularly strong bond with the teacher," said Principal Matthew Hornbeck. "Looping is a huge advantage when you have a group of students and a teacher who are working really well together and are sort of in creative discovery mode with the curriculum. It can be fantastic -- life-changing."

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