Week 5 discussion | ECE 672 Personnel Management & Staff Development for Early Childhood Administrators | Ashford University

 Making Meaning

In your role as coach and/or mentor you will likely need to help teachers understand how to make connects between the following three processes (a) making meaning of documentation evidence to (b) planning for goals and (c) learning experiences for children. After reading chapter six, and the scenario below, respond to the discussion prompt:

Imagine that you are a coach who is supporting a teacher who is observing her students during small group activity time. The teacher records a lot of dialogue (words and actions) of the children arguing about “the rules” for putting away materials. You ask the teacher to identify a question of interest for both her and the children based on what she learned from her documentation. The question is, “What are the rules (procedures) in our classroom?” As her mentor, you want to begin her inquiry with “backwards planning.” The formula you present to the teacher is as follows:

  1. a) The desired result for the children is to . . .
  2. b) The observational evidence of the children shows . . .
  3. c) Possible learning experiences could then be . . .

Together, you and the teacher decide to approach the inquiry the following way:

  1. a) The desired result for the children is to . . . learn classroom rules.
  2. b) The observational evidence of the children shows . . . confusion about routines and interest in figuring them out.
  3. c) Possible learning experiences could then be . . . engaging in experiences that allow the child many ways to hear stories and repeat, describe, and act out a sequence of daily events used in the classroom community, making signs that remind children of the rules, etc.

In your group response address the questions below. Groups are encouraged to share thoughts and options for answering the questions, and use the Chapter 6 Appendix A Form, to support your explanations. Each group member must provide potential answers to at least two of the questions and must contribute to deciding on the response for all five questions. As in the previous weeks, one group member should post the groups final responses and include the name of the contributing

  • How might you support this teacher in relating the goal to a professional value, standard, or competency?
  • What are some ways to support how the teacher might be more effective in this area?
  • How might you support this teacher from a strengths-based perspective?
  • How could the teacher gather evidence before and after implementation of the inquiry?

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