February 25, 2010 Chapter 3 CONSTRUCTIVISM (page 73) Understanding theory of early childhood education Allow child to have experience to get the learning on his own (if you tell them, the less they learn. The more they do, the more they get out of it and the more they remember) Focused on autonomy (individual development) As an adult: these things will help you be a better problem-solver AND you will be a more free thinker Think out of the box, think more creatively and freely Your role as a teacher in fostering creative thought: Don?t give examples (page 77): the kids copy your exact example More authentic result if you do not provide an example CLASS EXAMPLE: ?It was a heart, now it is a _________.? Get a chocolate heart candy and give them a piece of paper with the quote pre-written. Let them be free to create with the foil Given: chocolate heart, paper, tape, scissors, markers, crayons Don?t give ?empty praise? Ex. ?good job,? ?great? Meaningless comments about work This is where the ?I notice? statements come in Focus on the kids Most problems are adult-based, not because of the children Don?t punish the kids for your frustration with other adult situations You want to be a democratic teacher (NOT autocratic or permissive) Set the goals high Conflict Resolution Positive Teachings in the Classroom Red, Yellow, Green Face does NOT teach conflict resolution Solve it themselves, write in problem book, or adult intervention *Build Community
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