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Sabrina Avery

ECE4.Usebestpracticesinteachingandlearning
Usingdevelopmentallyappropriatepracticeswhileincorporating
foundationalconceptsintolessons,helpteachersdifferentiateinstruction,engage
studentsinthelearningprocessandincreaseachievementofallchildren.When
studentsaretreatedasuniqueindividualstheylearnhowtohaveselfconfidence
andbeproudoftheirwork.Whenbuildinglessonplansallpracticesshouldbe
appropriatetothechildsageanddevelopmentalstagewhilebuildingonconcepts
theyalreadyknow.Givingchildrenresponsibilityandchoiceswillgivethema
choicetomakeresponsibledecisionsabouttheirworkintheclassroom.The
teachersorcaregiverscanhelpthisbycreatingaclassroomenvironmentwhere
thereareareasforlearningaroundtheroomthatchildrencanexplorethroughout
theday.Duringtheday,childrenwillbeabletoplayinasafeenvironmentwhere
theycanlearntoplaywitheachotherandtakeresponsibilitytomakegood
choices.Otherwaystogetstudentstofeelresponsibleintheclassroomisby
extendingtheirlearningtohelpothers.Atthesametime,theteachercan
demonstratethattheycareabouttheirstudentsbyaskingstudentsquestionsduring
certainactivitiesandthenfollowingupwithstudentsiftheyhaveaproblem.
Teachersneedtoalsocreatestructuresintheclassroomwherestudentsfeel
includedandappreciatedbypeersandteachers.Caregiverscandothisthrough
morningmeetings,encouragementthroughouttheday,orprojectswherestudents
getachancetosharewhattheylearn.Duringmeetingtimes,teachersaskmore
openendedquestionsandaskstudentstoelaborateontheirownthoughtsandon
theirclassmatesthoughts.Whenclassroomdiscussionsaredonewell,students
andteachersareconstantlybuildinguponeachothersthoughts,thiswaystudents
canextendtheirownthinkingandexpandonthethinkingoftheirclassmates.