PK3 TIP Cohort
August 10 & 11
Welcome to Austin ISD Early Childhood!
Austin ISD PK3
The AISD Early Childhood department has evolved in partnership with the community through a prekindergarten program which ensures that enrolled three year old prekindergarten students will be provided a positive, developmentally appropriate experience.
The mission of the Early Childhood Department is to develop and provide support for the implementation of a research-based early childhood curriculum that ensures best teaching practices and developmentally appropriate play-based opportunities for young children.
FOCUS OF PK3
HOW DO 3-YEAR-OLDS LEARN?
The Role of Play in PK3
Play plays a very important role in the PK3 classroom. It should be incorporated into all centers to engage young children. The teachers play an important role in scaffolding make-believe play without interfering in it.
The Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines are based on current knowledge of theory and scientific research about how children develop and learn. The Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines were updated in 2015.
This document aligns each PK guideline to a developmental continuum that helps teachers develop appropriate goals for three year old students.
CHOICES FOR PK3 CHILDREN
FROM COERCION TO COMMUNITY, by Alfie Kohn
"If we want students to take responsibility for their behavior and learning, it is up to us to give them responsibilities. Children learn to make good decisions by having the chance to decide about what happens to them every day — not by following someone else’s directions. Research shows unequivocally that students learn more effectively and care more about what they are learning when they have some say about what is going on. (By contrast, students, like adults, suffer from burnout when they feel powerless.) "
Instead of That...
Center Activities have been developed to support the PK3 teachers. The activities should be used based on the age, needs, and interests of the children.
ESTABLISHING A DAILY SCHEDULE
Classroom Routines and Organizations
Arrival & Dismissal
PROCEDURES AND ROUTINES
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING
BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT - GUIDANCE
Building a Caring Community
MONITORING GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
Progress Monitoring System: PK3 Assesses Social Emotional and Approaches to Learning BOY, MOY, and EOY.
Early Childhood Website
Early Childhood Monthly PK3 Newsletter