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Establish ground rules for class discussion with a constructivist approach. Your class will own the norms and be intrinsically motivated to employ them. Discuss the importance of establishing a safe and respectful learning environment. Class members collaborate to develop a protocol for class discussions. The purpose is to minimize negative and unproductive conflict and create an atmosphere where differing points of view can be respectfully considered. Plan to use this instructional activity at the start of the year to maximize potential.
Learners plan and teach art activities to Head Start preschool students in the community. Learners research the WWW while planning art activities for the preschool kids and while researching what preschool kids are like.Students demonstrate the use of visual arts while planning and teaching the preschool art activity.
Young scholars discuss what would happen if there were no driving safety laws, orally state four behaviors for walking properly in line, identify why walking in hall properly is important to promote positive learning environment, and perform four behaviors for walking in line properly in role play and real life situations.
Fourth graders interview one of the school's administrators or faculty members using a digital camera to determine their leadership role in school. They use the digital photographs and interview information to make a slideshow presentation for the school's open house. They explain the importance of leadership in a learning environment.
Several activity centers help your youngsters explore math concepts to see that math is all around us. They participate in a toys/game area, a block area, a dramatic play area, an art area, a library area, a discovery area, a sand/water area to improve their math skills. There are suggested ideas of how to connect math concepts in each of these exploration areas.
Students become "shape detectives" as they identify, name, create and describe common shapes within pictures and objects found within the learning environment. Suggestions include incorporating shapes into all learning areas and daily activities within a preschool learning setting.
Pupils in a teacher education program use a jigsaw method to identify the six areas of language arts to be taught in an early childhood classroom. They describe their vision of a literacy rich environment and practices uses a KWL chart and cooperative learning techniques.
High schoolers identify each of the three rotations for the READ 180 classroom (computer, independent reading, and small group instruction) and the expectations for each. They check out audiotapes and books for independent reading and discuss the anti-bullying materials provided during small-group lessons. Finally, students describe an ideal classroom learning environment and make commitments toward that ideal.
Youngsters create class rules by determining the environment they would like to have in their classroom. They come to a consensus about how to have a safe, fair, fun learning environment by discussing the rules in the Karla Kustin poem, and sharing their behavior plan with their parents.