WELCOME To Additional Basic Qualifications in Primary Education
The aims of the course are: • to study aspects of child growth and development and use this information to design learning experiences for young children. • to learn how to apply principles of curriculum design and development to the primary classroom. • to learn how environmental settings and social relationships support the interactive nature of learning.
GOALS/OUTCOMES UNIT 1 • Familiarize you with the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive characteristics of the young child from ages 4 to 8 and their implications to teaching. • Acquaint you with the principles of learning and development that apply to the young child.
GOALS/OUTCOMES • UNIT 2 • Familiarize you with the current curriculum issues in primary education. • Familiarize you with subject-specific teaching methodologies that are appropriate for young children.
GOALS/OUTCOMES • UNIT 2 • Teach you to identify trends and innovations in curriculum planning. • Help you to develop and evaluate teaching strategies, activities, and materials in various curriculum areas.
GOALS/OUTCOMES • UNIT 3 • Familiarize you with a wide variety of evaluation strategies that apply to the young child. • Prepare you to establish a child-centred learning environment using the concepts of time, space, and materials.
METHODOLOGY • The course will consist of a combination of teaching methodologies, including whole class lectures, small group discussions and assignments, individual tasks and presentations.
METHODOLOGY • Written instructions for the activities and assignments for this Primary course are included in the outlines provided by the various instructors in the course. • Much of the work will be completed in class time, using resources found in the classroom, in the library or on the internet. • Some will be completed as out of class assignments.
METHODOLOGY • Part of the course time will be spent in a primary classroom, observing the teacher and the children and teaching as much as possible. • This practicum will take place from Monday May 28 – Thursday May 31 or Friday June 1. • Each candidate is encouraged to complete some planning and do some teaching during this practicum.
METHODOLOGY • The sponsor teacher will be asked to complete a form to confirm that you attended for the 5 days and to make comments in the areas of observation, planning, teaching and general comments on your interaction with students. • Please insure that you return this form to the course director, Dr. Terry Campbell by June 4 so that we can inform the college of teachers that you have completed the course.
METHODOLOGY The curriculum content areas of the course will be delivered by a variety of instructors. • Child Development, Methods/Assessment: Wynne Blair • Social Studies: Nancy Maynes • Art: Dan Jarvis Music: Heather Gardner • Math: Mike McCabe Science: Jeff Scott • Language Arts: Terry Campbell • Physical Education: Mike McCabe
MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS • Attendance at a minimum of 80% of the course hours. • 25 hours of observation/teaching in a primary classroom of your choice. • In-class and out-of-class tasks as assigned by each of the instructors in the course.
Starting with Us:The Primary Classroom Introductions: Please interview someone sitting near you preferably someone you don’t know. Find out their name, why they are taking the course, what their favourite hobby is, some interesting fact. Be prepared to introduce this person to the class.
Starting with Us:The Primary Classroom Think, Pair Share: Think: of a positive experience you had in the primary years Pair: Share this with someone sitting near you. Share: Help the class fill in the positive primary experiences chart
Starting with Us:The Primary Classroom Think, Pair Share: Think: of a negative experience you had in the primary years Pair: Share this with someone sitting near you. Share: Help the class fill in the negative primary experiences chart
Starting with Us:The Primary Classroom Creating our Environment • the poetry board • Healthy snacks • Class library • Class monitors