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1 CLASS Focus on Instructional Support

2 Desired Outcomes: By the end of this session participants will be able to utilize strategies to improve the quality of student/teacher interactions and student learning as measured by the CLASS Tool.

3 Anticipation Guide It is a method of garnering interest in a topic and accessing prior knowledge. ACTIVITY

4 CLASS Overview CLASS is mandated by Head Start Designed to evaluate student/teacher interactions There are 3 Domains and a variety of Indicators and Behavioral Markers for each The tool uses a rating scale of 1-7 Past observations reveal that the Instructional Support Domain is an area of weakness

5 Our Focus  Under Classroom Organization Domain  Instructional Learning Format  Under Instructional Support Domain  Concept Development  Quality Feedback  Language Modeling

6 Classroom Organization: Instructional Learning Formats Measures ways in which teachers maximize children’s interest, engagement, and ability to learn from lessons and activities

7 Instructional Learning Format Teachers need to: Be effective facilitators Utilize a variety of materials and modalities Plan interesting activities Clearly state learning objectives

8 Concept Development Concept Development describes an intentional approach by the teacher to tie together concepts across activities and bring concepts to life by applying them to children’s everyday world.

9 How can I provide effective concept development ? Analysis and Reasoning Why and/or how questions Problem solving Prediction/experimentation Classification/comparison Evaluation

10 How can I provide effective concept development ? Creating 1. Brainstorm 2. Planning 3. Producing

11 How can I provide effective concept development ? Integration Connect concepts Integrate with previous knowledge

12 How can I provide effective concept development ? Connections to the real world Real world applications Relate to student’s lives

13 Concept Development Take time to plan for concept development through intentional, purposeful lesson planning Encourage children to explore a variety of open- ended materials and use them in different ways. ACTIVITY

14 Activity Instructional Support Concept Development  Analysis and Reasoning  Creating  Integration  Connection to the Real World

15 Quality of Feedback Children learn the most when they are consistently given feedback that expands their knowledge or builds on their performance of a task

16 Quality Feedback Scaffolding Give hints Provide assistance

17 Quality of Feedback Feedback Loops Back and forth exchanges Persistence by teacher Follow-up questions

18 Quality of Feedback Prompting Thought Processes Ask students to explain thinking Queries responses and actions

19 Quality of Feedback Providing Information 1. Expansion 2. Clarification 3. Specific feedback

20 Quality of Feedback Encourage and Affirmation Recognition Reinforcement Student persistence

21 Quality Feedback Utilize the following techniques::  Scaffolding  Feedback loops  Prompting thought processes  Providing information  Encourage and Affirmation ACTIVITY

22 Language Modeling Teachers model language when they intentionally encourage, respond to, and expand children’s speech; Teachers also model language when communicating with other adults

23 How can I improve language modeling in my classroom? Frequent Conversation Back-and-forth exchanges Contingent responding Peer conversation

24 Language Modeling Open-ended Questions Questions require more than a one-word response Students respond

25 Language Modeling Repetition and Extension Repeats Extends/elaborates

26 Language Modeling Self- and Parallel Talk Maps own actions with language Maps student action with language

27 Language Modeling Advanced Language Variety of words Connected to familiar words and/ or ideas

28 Activity What would you say? 1.Ask an open-ended question to a child in the block area 2.Respond with repetition and extension to a child that says, “her has my truck.” 3.While setting up for lunch, use self and parallel talk. 4.Using advanced language, connect falling leaves and the word autumn

29 Reflection Individually, review the Anticipation Guide. Mark Answers on the Right Side Have any answers been changed?

30 Final Thoughts How will you make a difference?


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