ech529 | Graduate
Methods Of Teaching In Early Childhood: Mathematics & Scienc
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Early Childhood Instructional Strategies
- Identify early childhood classroom management considerations in math and science instruction.
- Compare and contrast constructivist and traditional teaching methods in early childhood math and science instruction.
- Employ methods of differentiated instruction for math and science in the early childhood setting.
- Demonstrate developmentally effective questioning strategies.
- Use appropriate multimedia to support early childhood math and science instruction.
The Teaching and Learning of Math in Early Childhood
- Differentiate between conceptual understanding and procedural knowledge in the teaching and learning of math in early childhood.
- Identify developmentally effective methods of mathematics instruction.
- Examine literature sources that support mathematical understandings for the young child.
- Use problem solving strategies to teach computation skills.
- Identify developmentally effective assessment strategies that demonstrate mathematical development.
- Explore early childhood math concepts.
The Teaching and Learning of Science in Early Childhood
- Explore the concepts related to early childhood learning experiences in physical, earth, and life sciences.
- Differentiate between conceptual understanding and procedural knowledge in the teaching and learning of science in early childhood.
- Identify differences between nature study and scientific inquiry in early childhood learning experiences.
- Examine ways in which young learners can use exploration and observation to build a meaningful foundation of science concepts.
- Examine literature sources that support scientific understandings for the young child.
- Identify developmentally effective assessment strategies that demonstrate scientific understandings.
- Identify process skills necessary for the teaching and learning of science in the early childhood setting.
Early Childhood Classroom Activities for Math and Science
- Identify procedures for conducting a math or science classroom activity in an early childhood setting.
- Locate appropriate resources for early childhood math and science activities.
- Modify an early childhood math or science lesson to meet the needs of diverse learners.
Technology in Early Childhood Math and Science Education
- Identify various types of software and hardware available for early childhood math and science education.
- Discuss developmentally effective uses of technology in early childhood math and science education.
- Examine appropriate methods of using the Internet to create meaningful learning experiences in early childhood math and science education.
- Use developmentally appropriate multimedia to support early childhood math and science education.
- Compare and contrast state technology standards with those of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
- Identify the critical skills children need to effectively use technology in early childhood math and science education.
Parent and Community Partnerships in Early Childhood Math and Science Education
- Develop an effective, comprehensive communication plan for families.
- Explore opportunities for family participation in early childhood math and science curriculum.
- Design early childhood math and science extension activities for the home environment.
History of Math and Science in Early Childhood Education
- Examine significant events in the evolution of early childhood math and science education.
- Explore theories of early childhood math and science education.
- Examine the effects of early childhood education on the position and policies of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
- Analyze the effects of teachers’ perceptions of math and of science on teaching and on learning in the early childhood environment.
Early Childhood Learning Environments
- Analyze the design/layout of an early childhood setting for math and for science instruction.
- Review state and school site policies on health and safety in math and science early childhood environments.
- Identify essential materials and useful resources for teaching math and sciencein the early childhood setting.
- Explore various types and applications of early childhood math manipulatives.
- Identify early childhood commercial math and science programs.
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