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1 The Intentional Teacher Choosing the Best Strategies to Support Young Children’s Learning

2 2 Morning Objectives Participants will be able to: Define the term Intentional Teacher Explain the difference between adult- guided & child-guided learning. Describe best intentional teaching practices.

3 3 Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? You’ve just found out that Oprah Winfrey has selected your home to be featured on her show. She’s coming to dinner tomorrow and it will be taped for her show. You have 15 minutes to plan the menu. What’s for dinner?

4 4 Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? You’ve just come home late from a very long, hard day at work. Your kids are at their grandparents, your spouse is away on a business trip and it’s just you to cook for. What’s for dinner?

5 5 What was the difference in the two meal planning activities? What does it mean to be intentional?? Which meal planning activity was intentional?

6 6 What does it mean to be an Intentional Teacher? In your table groups, come up with a working definition of the above term that you all agree on. Write it on your chart paper and post it in the room.

7 7 Components of an Intentional Teacher..... One who acts with specific outcomes or goals in mind for children’s learning. One who integrates and promotes meaningful learning in both academic & traditional domains. One who uses strategies that purposefully challenges, scaffolds and extends children’s learning. One who understands, both child-guided & adult- guided experiences are important in early childhood settings.

8 Content  Vocabulary  Concepts  Skills 8

9 9 Child–guided/ Adult-guided Proceeds primarily along the lines of children’s interests and actions, with strategic teacher support. It is NOT entirely child controlled with the teacher being passive. Proceeds primarily along the lines of the teacher's goal, but is also shaped by the children’s active engagement. It is NOT entirely adult controlled with the children being passive.

10 Intentional Teaching Regardless of the content evident in the play, there are times to choose between adult- guided and child-guided strategies. 10

11 11 In your table groups, decide which situation proceeds along the lines of Supporting Child-Guided Experiences or Employing Adult-Guided Experiences What do Intentional Teachers Do?

12 12 Check Your Work The Intentional Teacher (page 129)  Can you think of some examples in your own classrooms of when to support child-guided experiences?  Can you think of some examples in your classrooms of when you can employ adult- guided experiences?

13 Content-Dependent Intentional Teaching There is some content that primarily emerges from child-guided experiences and from adult-guided experiences. 13

14 What Do Intentional Teachers Do? Working in table groups, for each example in your handout, decide: Whether children learn primarily through child-guided or adult-guided experiences. Why learning proceeds in this way. What intentional teachers can do to promote learning these concepts and skills. 14

15 Answers 1A 2C 3A 4C 5A 6C 7A 8C 9C 10C 11A 12C 13A 14C 15A A= Adult-guided C= Child-guided 15

16 New Definition of Intentional Teaching Knowing what situation calls for child-guided or adult-guided strategies. Knowing what content (vocabulary, concepts, and skills) is learned primarily through child- guided or through adult-guided experiences. Thoughtfully providing the appropriate scaffolding that promotes both types of learning in all situations and content areas. 16

17 17 Structuring the Physical Environment Scheduling the Program day Interacting with children Building relationships with Families Assessing children’s development What are “Best Practices” Principles? Considering and using these best practices will help administrators and teachers create an early childhood program in which adults and children are partners in the learning process.

18 18 What do you Know about Best Practice? With your group, move around the room, recording everything you know about the five best practices principles on the chart paper.

19 19 Reviewing “Best Practices” Principles Structuring the physical learning environment: Provide a safe & healthy indoor & outdoor environment. Organize the space in interest areas or centers. Supply plentiful and diverse equipment & materials. Display work created by and of interest to children.

20 20 Scheduling the program day: Establish a consistent yet a flexible daily routine Allow for a variety of types of activities Use a variety of groupings (individual, small, and large group) Allow just enough time for each type of activity Reviewing “Best Practices” Principles

21 21 Interacting with children: Meet basic physical needs. Create a warm & caring atmosphere. Encourage & support language & communication. Encourage initiative. Introduce information and model skills. Acknowledge children’s activities & accomplishments. Support peer interactions. Encourage independent problem solving. Reviewing “Best Practices” Principles

22 22 Building relationships with families Exchange information about the curriculum and how it promotes children’s development. Provide information about how to extend learning at home. Reviewing “Best Practices” Principles

23 23 Assessing children’s development: Use assessment results to plan for individual children and the whole group as a whole. Use assessment results to identify areas for professional development. Reviewing “Best Practices” Principles

24 24 Putting It All Together Best Practices & Intentional Teaching work.. They work in synergy. Synergy can be defined as the interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects.

25 25 Putting It All Together The mission of the Intentional Teacher is to ensure that children acquire the knowledge & skills they need in school and in life. To fulfill this mission, intentional teachers conscientiously address every area of early learning.

26 Thinking about My Practice Find a partner from another table. Talk to each other about one content area where you will be providing support that is more adult-guided than you have practiced before, and your rationale for doing so. Discuss one area of Best Practice that you would like to improve upon. Discuss one area of Best Practice where you feel you are doing well. 26

27 27 Child-guided Creative Physical Social- Emotional Adult-guided Intellectual Language & Literacy, Mathematics and Science Initiative, Social Relations Music & Movement Creative Represenation Applying it to HighScope

28 28 Implementing best practices Supporting child-guided learning experiences Supporting adult-guided learning experiences What I can do to become a more Intentional Teacher Implementation Plan Think about what we discussed this morning. Record thoughts about each topic in the appropriate square.


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