The following is what the teacher feels are the
instructional strategies that are used in the classroom. They were either identified by
the teacher or observed in the classroom by the practicum student. They are used in a way
that allows every student to be an active participant in the classroom.
Individual and small group interactions in naturally occurring experiences are the most
effective ways to provide the development of competent skills.
- They plan activities and lessons that are child-centered, not teacher directed.
- They develop lessons and activities based upon the students interests and leads.
- They rotate the use of units every three years so a child will not be taught the same
unit twice if he/she is in the classroom from age three to age five.
- They try to use a "structured" format that will elicit group learning and
interacting, but not to "structured" so that every minute of everyday is planned
for each child.
- They select learning materials, design the environment, and organize their schedules so
that it best meets the individual needs of each child.
- They want to help each child strengthen the management of his or her body.
- They also want to help each child acquire better gross and fine motor skills.
- They want to help improve each childs ability to express and comprehend thoughts,
ideas, needs, and feelings in order to communicate effectively with others.
- They want to encourage the childs ability to think critically, reason, and solve
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