EDC 222 Early Childhood Principles
FA 2006 HO
Choi, Dong Hwa
T, TH 12-3 PM
6:00 - 8:30 PM
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Teaching is an interactive and a collaborative meeting between teachers and students. In this meeting, students become self-motivated, self-empowered, self-initiated, critical, and creative learners as the products of that teaching practice. This meeting should be rooted in trust, caring, and support from the teacher as well as the students. This two-way interaction makes this teaching process a moment of growth for the both parties. Teaching is not a one-way delivery of knowledge or skills to students. Instead, it is a continuous search for the teachers' and learners' process of change, self-growth, hidden potential, and competencies. It demonstrates respect for the full range of all individual human talents unique to each individual. An inquiry-based teaching-learning process which entails a teacher-guided journey of discovery, constitutes my main pedagogical approach to nurturing each learner in the process of becoming a self-learner/self-teacher as well as supporting my teaching philosophy.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
You should include the following components.
a) Your writing should be written in an active voice, creative but in a professional style with logical organization.
b) Include an explanation of who you are and how or why you decided upon a teaching career.
c) Correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Varied and correct sentence structure.
d) Transitions used to unite the essay.
e) Two or more pages using Times New Roman 12 font and double spaced.
f) Meaningful and descriptive information is included.
g) No slang terms.
a) Is there something that surprises you?
b) Is there something that inspires you?
c) Is there something that will be challenging? Be sure to explain why.
d) Conclude with a reflection that examines why this assignment might be important
as you prepare to become a teacher.
e) Two or more pages using Times New Roman 12 font and double spaced.
Two students, as one team, select one of the major figures, program models, or approaches that have influenced the field of early care and education.
a) Discuss the major ideas of theorist, educator, program, or model: Describe the educational philosophy, theory of teaching and learning, and appropriate classroom activities in the educator's theory, model or program that you select. Three or more pages using Times New Roman 12 font and double spaced.
b) Compare these ideas to another major theorist, educator, program, or model. Three or more pages using Times New Roman 12 font and double spaced.
c) Reflect the implications of both these ideas for your teaching.: Why would I apply these practices to my teaching? How do or will I reflect this approach to my teaching? Three or more pages using Times New Roman 12 font and double spaced.
(Written 48 pts. Oral 48 pts. for a total of 96 pts.)
A. Observation part
1. Plan to observe for 5 hours (minimum) in a program serving infants or toddlers. Use the NAEYC Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Early Childhood Programs Serving Children From Birth Through Age 8 (Bredekamp & Copple) as a guideline to organize your report. (pp. 70-71)
Your report should have 7 categories:
a) Interest in others
c) Motor milestones and eye-hand skills
e) Physical, spatial, and temporal awareness
f) Purposeful action and use of tools
g) Expression of feelings
In each category, record a child or children's behavior using anecdotal records. Each anecdotal record consists of three parts; introduction, incident, and interpretation.
a-1) Introduction: Describe these three components in the introduction.
This section must be a minimum of 2 lines using Times New Roman 12 font and double spaced.
a-2) Incident: Describe a specific child(ren)'s or teacher(s)' behaviors on which you wish to elaborate. This section must be a minimum of 4 lines using Times New Roman 12 font and double spaced.
a-3) Interpretation: Interpret the incident described above using professional knowledge and perspectives. This section must be a minimum of 3 lines using Times New Roman 12 font and double spaced.
B. Reflection part
Reflect on your learnings from the assignment.
a) What are you noticing that seems important for your teaching?
b) How are these learnings helping you develop a vision of the teacher you want to be?
c) What readings are helping you understand the issues?
d) Why might your learnings be important for the year children will spend in your company?
e) How are your learnings helping you envision children as capable and competent?
f) How are you coming to appreciate the values that underlie teaching decisions.
e) Three or more pages using Times New Roman 12 font and double spaced.
Examine the NAEYC Standards, MoSTEP Standards, and Early Childhood Competencies. Write several paragraphs 1) explaining each standard or competency, 2) describing how you are learning about the standard or competency with reference to particular assignments for this course, and 3) explaining why it will be important in your teaching. Four or more pages using Times New Roman 12 font and double spaced.
Describe your philosophy of Education including the followings.
a) Your writing should include accurate presentation of seven (7) or more beliefs.
b) More than three of the beliefs are supported by an appropriate, respected philosopher(ies) or theorists.
c) Personal examples or insights are included.
d) Essay demonstrates a deep understanding of educational terminology, ideas, and issues and is written in a professional style and unique or enticing organization.
e) Essay reflects insights of the writer's future as an educator.
f) Correct sentence structure, punctuation, and grammar. Transitions create unified essay.
g) Minimum three pages using Times New Roman 12 font and double spaced.
h) Professional language/ No slang terms.
examinations will be given in class.
The course requirements are all assigned point values. Rubrics will be provided for each of the assignments. You will earn grades on the basis of total points earned in the course.
A=471-383 pts. Exceptional work that demonstrates strong understandings and critical thinking.
B= 382-292 pts.
F=below 108 pts
Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments must be turned in on time. Late assignments will not be given full credit. Rubrics must be completed and attached to each assignment.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
· Arrive promptly for class.
· Turn off cell phone.
· Attend all class meetings (excused absences for emergencies only).
· Actively participate in class learning experiences.
Each student will be an important part of the community of learners. The learnings created through discussion and group work will be essential to developing understandings of the course content. If you should have an emergency and are unable to attend, please be sure to call the instructor before the class meeting. Attendance will be considered in determining the final course grade. If you have more than three absences for the semester, your final evaluation will be lowered by one grade, for example, a “B” will become a “C.” Three late arrivals or early departures = one missed class.
· Complete all reading assignments before the class for which they are assigned.
· Complete all assignments on the date indicated in the syllabus.
Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive however technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. You are responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to disk and print out paper copies for backup purposes. When turning in an assignment, be sure to provide the instructor with a paper copy rather than a disk or an e-mail attachment.
Characteristics of An Early Childhood Educator.
1) Morrison Chapters 1 & 2
Theories of Development and Learning
1) Morrison Chapters 4 & 5
2) Mooney: Theories of Childhood
Assignment Due: Personal Autobiography
Developmentally Appropriate Practices
1) Bredekamp, S. & Copple, C. : Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Early Childhood Programs pp. 3-51
Assignment Due: Reflection on Reading
Approaches to Early Childhood Education
1) Morrison Chapter 6
2) Websites and additional resources:
A. Reggio Emilia
Association Montessori Internationale (highlight Pedagogy)
C. John Dewey www.infed.org/archives/e-texts/e-dew-pc.htm
The text of “My Pedagogic Creed”
D. Project Approach
F. Froebel and Pestalozzi
G. Constance Kamii and Rheta DeVries
Group Games in Early Education: Implications of Piaget's Theory
1) Morrison Chapters 3 & 6
Presentations & Due of Assignment : Early Childhood Program Study Project
Investigating Infant/Toddler Settings
1) Morrison Chapter 9
2) Bredekamp & Copple pp. 55-91
Investigating PreK Classrooms
1) Morrison Chapter 10
2) Bredekamp & Copple pp. 97-136
Investigating Kindergarten Classrooms
1) Morrison Chapter 11
2) Bredekamp & Copple pp. 141-180
Assignment Due: Infants and Toddlers Observation
Investigating Primary Classrooms
1) Morrison Chapter 12
Assignment Due: PreK Observation
Technology and Young Children
1) Morrison Chapter 13
Assignment Due: Kindergarten (K-3) Observation
Children with Special Needs
1) Morrison Chapter 16
Assignment Due: NAEYC Standards/MoSTEP Standards and EC Competencies Essays
Early Child Education Today
1) Morrison Chapter 2
Assignment Due: Philosophy of Education
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