Coach's Corner

January 12th 2018

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Instructional Support Teaching Practice: I help children focus on learning goals by talking about what they will learn before an activity, highlighting the goals during the activity, and recapping at the end of the activity.

Clearly defined objectives form the foundation for selecting appropriate content, learning activities, and assessment measures. If objectives of the course are not clearly understood by both instructor and students, if your learning activities do not relate to the objectives and the content that you think is important, then your methods of assessment, which are supposed to indicate to both learner and instructor how effective the learning and teaching process has been, will be at best misleading, and, at worst, irrelevant or unfair. Think about the lesson you will be teaching. What would you like for each student to know and be able to do when he/she has completed the lesson?

Tedx Talks: Simple Preschool Game Boost Math Scores

Below is a link to a Ted Talk by Charles Bleiker. Although he is advertising for his own curriculum, I think what he has to say is very relevant around math games in preschool. If you have 13 minutes, I think you'll find it worth your time as it gets you thinking about different ways of "doing math".

Repeated Readings at Circle Time

Spotlight of the Week: Differentiation

Helpful Hints:

*Allow for advanced learners. What else could they do to extend the activity? Be prepared for fast finishers and allow for creativity.

*Allow for those who are not developmentally ready. This is not a bad thing, they just are not ready. i.e. tear paper instead of cutting.

*Always allow for a special needs child.

*Explain the activity during circle or group time. Show each step, and describe safety precautions for using materials. i.e. don't cut hair, fingers, clothes.

*Use a transition activity to send children to small group. (note have materials all ready set up and one teacher/volunteer present at table, if possible)

*Start activity with an advanced group and have an independent activity ready for your other group (so the advanced group doesn't get bored and start trouble!)

*While you meet with your groups, you should be taking assessment notes on each child and ALWAYS make sure you are following IEP goals for specific children.

The article below is a wonderful resource on differentiation in preschool!
Daily 5 in Preschool

Indoor Recess: GoNoodle

Tech Connection: 123 Kids Fun SNOWMAN - Free Educational Game for Preschool Kids and Toddlers

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Weekly Lesson Plan: Dinosaurs Week 2

Duration Weekly Lesson Plan: Dinosaurs Week 2