Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
As you learned in your textbook, there are several different learning approaches that can be used in early childhood education. It is important that you are able to determine which approach to teaching you connect with the most, so that you feel confident about how you are teaching your students. This discussion will allow you to share your thoughts regarding different learning approaches.
To begin, take a few minutes to read the interactivity titled A Tale of Five Classrooms.. When reading this, you will encounter five different classroom scenarios. Each of the scenarios describes a classroom that follows one of the five main approaches (Creative Curriculum, direct instruction, High Scope, Montessori, and Reggio Emilia) that are shared in our textbook.
After reading “A Tale of Five Classrooms,”
- Determine which of the classrooms/learning approaches are most like the classrooms when you attended school. Did you enjoy being in this type of classroom? Why, or why not?
- Explain which classroom/learning approach aligns with the type of classroom environment you would like to create for your students by clearly stating at least three examples from the scenario that you would like to see in your own classroom. Make sure to include the name of the classroom/learning approach you are discussing (e.g., Montessori, High Scope, etc.).
- Use specific examples from the description as well as at least one scholarly source (see the Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources. table) to explain why you believe the learning approach you chose would be an effective model for early childhood education.
- To assist you in completing the library research required for this assignment, view this How Do I Begin?. tutorial, which provides an overview of conducting searches in the library, generating keywords, and understanding your assignment prompt.
Guided Response: Familiarize yourself with the Project Approach by reviewing section 4.7 of the course text. Respond to at least two of your peers. When responding to your peers, share one way that each of your peers could incorporate the The Project Approach to Teaching and Learning. into the learning approach they discussed.