Over the years, I feel I have been guided by God to pursue Elementary Education, which narrows my focus to the kindergarten classroom. I will clearly define the most helpful theories that may be implemented throughout the kindergarten learning environment. Effective teacher characteristics will be identified and why they are imperative for this particular age group. Young children have different learning characteristics and it is important for teachers to recognize and accommodate to the needs of their students. Throughout this course, I have discovered certain characteristics about myself and I will elaborate on my unique learning styles.
In Kisautaq Lenona Okakok’s essay “Serving the Purpose of Education” she discusses the education dilemma in her borough of North Slope, Alaska, where many of the occupants are indigenous people of the Inupiat. Western education was thrust upon the Inupiat people of Alaska, changing the traditional way they taught their children. Okakok explains why and how The Board of Education for North Slope, Alaska took entire control of their education system after having Western education try to influence their way of teaching. The way the Inupiat teach is different from that of Western education, not only do they teach a different language (Inupiaq), they also need to teach a different curriculum that is better suited for the people of the North Slope compared to that of Western education. Okakok’s essay analyzes the way Western culture and teachings influenced her own culture, and how the Inupiat have taken control of their own education again while using considerable examples to defend her claims.
One of the most important decisions in any teenager’s life is what they decide to do after high school, the choice is usually between college and deciding to get a job and start making money. Although the cost of education in America continues to rise, the benefits of a higher education are substantial and can be seen in the success of anyone who has a college degree.
Higher education has a vast history; beginning in the early colonial period and spanning ten generations. With its wide range of history, aspects of higher education have changed as the ideals and reforms of society adjusted. Albeit, the missions and purposes of college have remained the same. In this paper, I will clarify the three main missions and purposes of higher education. Then, I will shift the focus of the paper to the area I would like to pursue in higher education and how it reflects those purposes.
Similarly, the Jordan study proved a direct link between counting and focusing on strengthening number sense and increased reasoning and mathematical understanding across different forms of assessment. Most notably, the number sense group my strong and sustainable gains on story problems,
Washington’s and Bethune’s perspectives on the purpose of education differ greatly. Washington’s perspectives on the purpose of education center on men and women of all ranges in age, come to the school not just to learn books but to also learn life skills, so that once they have left the school they could depend on more than just agriculture for their living, as 85% of them did. Bethune’s perspectives did agree with Washington’s that life skills has to be taught as well, but where there ideas differ is when Bethune ideas starts to talk about how only those with extraordinary talents were able to break free like Phyllis Wheatley. Also Bethune speaks heavily about the responsibilities of the schools.
One of the ways that the students from the Primary school was assessed was by a technique called wave 3 intentions that the teacher’s assistant take lead on. With this technique the teacher’s assistant gives one to one testing to the students. After the testing the assistant measure to see the understanding that the students have. After this is done the assistant reports back to the head teacher the findings. And finally the head teacher takes action to see what they can do to better the student. From the video it also seen how the teacher use visuals to help the students count. The teacher had the students in a small group on the carpet the students worked on counting objects and also using their fingers to count.
Teaching Preschoolers to Count: Effective Strategies for Achieving Early Mathematics Milestones was an article published in Early Childhood Education Journal February 1st 2016. The research was completed by Jill L. Jacobi-Vessels who has a PhD in Teaching and Learning from the University of Louisville, MEd Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, Overseas Study, University Hamburg, Germany and BA Speech/Theatre Minor: German, Indiana University with an interest in Early Childhood Education and early childhood development. To complete part of the research Ms. Jacobi- Vessels co-authored with three other research specialist E. Todd Brown, Victoria J. Molfese and Ahn Do all who have experience in Children, Youth and Family Studies.
Easton worked towards his mathematics goal of counting up to 5 while in the classroom. Easton’s interest in books allowed him to feel comfortable to count the chicks on the page. This observation was important because it showed that Easton can count up seven with some teacher assistance. Continued counting with Easton
Getting educated is very important for every person. It goes without saying that each of us has to have a proper education. We learn how to read, count and write. These are the basic abilities we acquire and use during our life. Is there any other purpose of education or it is aimed only at giving us a possibility to communicate our ideas and satisfy basic needs? During centuries, there were different interpretations of the purpose of education. Many scientists, pedagogues and philosophers tried to answer the question: what is the purpose of education? Taking into consideration the needs and tendencies of a modern society, we can assume that the purpose of education is to prepare students to be self-sufficient citizens capable of solving
Multiplication by ten gives students opportunity to explore larger numbers, and can also be extended on(Reys et al. ch. 11.4). In addition, multiples of 10 give students the knowledge that all digits move left one place and an additional place hundreths. This concept can be used to introduce the decimal place which is also moving place each time something is multiplied by tens. Exposing students to a range of examples which displays patterns that occur when multiplying by tens and hundreths will generate meaning of digits moving place (Reys et al., ch. 11.4).
During my observation time in a kindergarten classroom, I have noticed that the students have a wide variety of abilities, attention spans, interests, and love for learning. When it comes to the teacher’s instructional strategies, she intentionally takes into consideration all of the above characteristics to make sure each student gets what they need to be most successful. During lessons students are engaged because of the teacher’s ability to implement interests of the student’s into things and giving them options. If an error occurs during a lesson, the teacher normally, allows for the student who got something wrong to try again, or to call on a friend to help them out. This way the students are still giving the answers and not the teacher just telling them the information. The teacher chooses a lot of small group instruction and centers where she can work with a small group, but then, easily monitor all the other groups to make sure they are on task and doing their work.
The set up of the classroom also has to do with the group numbers that the children are working in and the location in which they are working in. According to Dominic F. Gullo, from the article “Teaching and learning in the Kindergarten Year” there are three things that Kindergarten teachers have to understand in order to make learning effective. One of those three things is that “kindergarten teachers must know their specific children—what they are like as a group, as well as their individual needs, interests, learning styles, and cultures (Gullo, n.d.)." Meaning that not every child will work the same way when he is put in a big group or individually.
Every now and then I think about my education from kindergarten through senior year of high school and I wonder where I would be and who I would be without it. I have realized that those thirteen years of my life were essential to my development as an individual, for they have shaped me into the person I am today.