A. Use Developmental Theory and Assessment Information to In Form Practice B. Correlate The Relationship Between Play and Learning C. Summarize Child Development Theories and Best Practices Based on Research
While taking the Curriculum Planning Course, I wrote a paper that shows my understanding of how I can use developmental assessment and theory information to inform practice. It summarizes the Montessori, High/Scope, Waldorf, Bank Street, Reggio Emilia and the Project approach and how each model fits into a certain continuum such as child or teacher centered, a structured or flexible environment, and a defined or emergent curriculum. I feel this paper does a great job of expressing my understanding of the various developmental theories and what I feel the best approach is to coincide with my teaching philosophy.
During my second practicum, I did a number of observations on toddlers and school aged children. These observations were documented in the following artifact LP2 Observing Play. I feel these observations do a great job of showing how through play, children learn and develop. After each observation, I provided an interpretation which shows the different stages of play and the development that I saw taking place. I believe that these observations were very detailed and provide a good example of my understanding of how to correlate the relationship between play and learning.