NEW VIEWS OF LEARNING
Taught through social conversation. Young child’s speech is elaborated upon.
Focus is on how to learn—how to ask questions and act in variety of settings.
Children add to lessons with their own stories related to the topics in hand.
Individual differences are attributed to children’s prior experiences.
Errors in Performance:
Errors are seen as learning opportunities.
Errors reflect child’s perception, which teachers try to understand.
Learning task is messy, requiring child to “figure” out how to achieve good performance.
There are multiple opportunities for children to participate in group discussions, practice and application of newly taught whole class lessons, paired activities, games and social activities.
Children help each other, each one contributing to a common goal.
Children have many ways to show what they know—drawing, acting, writing, building, and so on.
Parent /Teacher Conference:
Teacher listens to parents’ concerns. Teacher acts on home-centered information as way to support both parent and child. Child participates in the conference.