Buzz words for preschool

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  1. mom2sands

    mom2sands Comrade

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    If I were to have a pre-K interview, what would be the buzz words for teaching styles, classroom management, curriculum, etc.? I'm more accustomed to elementary rather than preschool. My degree is
    pre-K - 6, but the instructional emphasis was placed on grades 1-5 moreso than anything else. I have viewed the Pre-K site that was posted and found it very helpful. Thanks. Any pointers that you might give will be appreciated! :)
     
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  3. Taliesin

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    off the top of my head- whole child, developmentally appropriate practice, anti-bias curriculum
     
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    Definitely developmentally appropriate practice (DAP)!

    Routines & transitions, whole child (all domains - social, emotional, mental, physical), Piaget & Erikson's stages during pre-k, know about what you can do for the pre-k student as far as reading and writing...

    ...if you really want to know more about pre-k and early childhood edu in general, you can study some models such as the montesorri approach, the high/scope approach, the project approach (neat one!)...and then you will be able to get an idea of how you would structure your pre-k class if you ever did teach that grade level.
     
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    NAEYC if they are a nationally accredited preschool
     
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    I talk about focussing on what the child CAN do rather than what they can't yet do. It is from what they CAN do that planning can start. This means teaching a differentiated curriculum whereby children are taught using different work to reach the same goal. I guess planning for the individual.

    The importance not only of DAP but a positive supportive learning environment.

    When it comes to behaviour management, it is the behaviour that is undesireable, not the child and therefore children need to be taught the correct behaviour through focussed teaching, modelling and practice.

    Here in Australia they are really going for a child centred negotiated curriculum. This means you find out the interests of the child and develop the curriculum around these interests. The philosophy is that when a child is interested in the subject matter they are morel likely to be engaged, focussed and have a greater and longer concentration span.

    Vygotsky is an old favourite - scaffolding and guiding.

    Giving children plenty of time to practise and master a skill - not making lessons a one off wonder but allowing opportunities to repeat learning episodes.

    That's just off the top of my head but this is getting rather long so I'll cut it here. Hope it helps.
     
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    Letsteach--a wonderful summary. Would you come work for me?
     
  8. MsWK

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    Some that others have mentioned (DAP, NAEYC, whole child). I'll add "constructivist," and "positive guidance."
     
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    DAP, hands-on learning, making choices, good/bad & consequences of choices, problem solving
     

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