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What is the name of the resource, article, website, or video?

Capture the moment:


Using digital photography in early childhood settings
Author: Kim Walters
Title: Capture the moment: Using digital photography in early childhood settings
Sponsoring agency: Early Childhood Australia, Inc.
Public date: 2006
Public type: Journal
What was the overall idea of the resource and how it related to the whole unit under
study? Ex. How it relates to the unit of science or math.
This article discusses the pertinence of photography, namely how it is utilized in
childhood settings and learning environments. As such, according to the article, educational
professionals are utilizing these resources that are more easily accessible to them and
integrating it into their teaching method. The author states that this allows for stimulating,
healthy communication and learning for children. Walters (2006) notes that "One of the
essential components for quality childhood settings is to provide parents and caregivers
with a steady flow of information (e.g. documentation) that informs them of the evolving
experiences of their child and the group." As such, communication contributes immensely
to how successful an early childhood program is, particularly in regard to language and
literacy.
What was one important idea that you will use in your classroom that clicked for you
from this resource?
Walters (2006) states that "Effective communication leads to positive outcomes for
children and parents." As such, I will be utilizing the means of communication outlined in
this article in an effort to enhance my own communication with not only my students, but
with the parents, other teachers, and so on. Digital photography, according to the author of
the article, is able to bridge many of the restrictions of communication for those who also
are not well-versed in the English language, as well as those who have other physical or
distance challenges. I am going to integrate this into my classroom so that I am more easily
able to reach out to the students who may have a hard time communicating with me or the
other students.
How has this resource changed your thinking, being specific about where you were
in your thinking to what you read and digested that made that aha moment of
change?
There are certain strategies that must be put into place for professionals to utilize in
reaching their goal of establishing an inclusive class that supports both achievement and
student learning. One important strategy involves efficiently communicating and working
with families, in addition to students and fellow teachers while maintaining a positive and
open attitude. In addition to that, it is important to create a positive classroom setting that
motivates students to ask questions and become actively involved in learning, along with
enhancing the students' self-awareness of progression and levels. It is also pertinent
to use different forms of teaching and assessment, along with several intelligences and
cooperative learning. It is vital to also relate learning to students' lives utilizing
interest inventories. Establishing prior understanding and knowledge is also significant,
along with pre-planning lessons with formulated, structured goals, while additionally
permitting both inter and post planning.
What is the name of the resource, article, website, or video? Kindergarteners, Fish, and
Worms... Oh My! Students learn about animals through observations and science
discussions
Author: Linda Plevyak and Rebecca Arlington
Title: Kindergarteners, Fish, and Worms... Oh My! Students learn about animals through
observations and science discussions
Sponsoring agency: Science and Children
Public date: 2012
Public type: Journal
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study? Ex. How it relates to the unit of science or math.
This article highlights the fact that children are often born with a scientific mindset.
They do the same things that trained professional scientists do; however, they do so with
less conscious reasons. An example of this is simply watching water go down a pipe or
reasoning as to how a tower should be built. This article attempted to formulate an
engaging learning setting where children could both investigate and explore scientific
principles by means of scientific standard settings, such as through observation and
predicting.”
Along with reviewing the students’ journals and taking notes during small-group
science discussions, Ms. Arlington created a rubric that focused on each child’s progress in
using the process skills." As such, the project was able to demonstrate that science can be
offered in a developmentally appropriate way that can both engage the child and assist him
or her in obtaining necessary life skills that will be used later in life.
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from this resource?
Over the course of this article's project, the students were able to grasp a lot of
concepts about science that they simply could not garner if they had just looked inside of
their textbook or were listening to a lecture. They were able to acquire a more hands-on
approach from their teacher, looking and observing, as well as participating, in a way that
immersed them into the lesson. Something that stood out to me regarding the project was
that "There was enthusiasm about taking care of the animals and many of the students
began asking numerous questions about what they ate, when they would get fed, and how
the aquarium would be cleaned." This led me to understand how engaged the students
were in the project, versus how they may have been bored if they had just been reading
from the book.
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in your thinking to what you read and digested that made that aha moment of
change?
The strategies I suggested are engaging to diverse learners is because they offer
students the opportunity to work with their peers while being self-learners; experiences
hands on learning and creativity through the activities; and offers visual aspects for
learning. Teachers should offer reliable and continuous experiences for students to develop
their insight, thought, and aptitude through providing means for adaptation and
modification throughout the student learning that would help them to progress in their
learning.
What is the name of the resource, article, website, or video? Sciences in early
childhood developing and acquiring and Fundamental concepts and skills
Author: Karen Lind
Title: Sciences in early childhood developing and acquiring and Fundamental concepts and
skills
Sponsoring agency: National science foundation, Washington, DC
Public date: February 1998
Public type: Journal
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study? Ex. How it relates to the unit of science or math.
Science that is being taught to children at a young age helps the child learn and
understand guidance and structure. Children tend to like science because they can’t
become curiosity and activity. In science children start to understand how a science
becomes the literate. When a child is introduces to sciences they are able to explore the fun
of what sciences may offer at an early age. This article primarily illustrates the
development of fundamental concepts and skills utilized from when a child is born through
their educational years, as well as current strategies for assisting students in attaining
those fundamental concepts and skills required for advanced learning. As noted by Lind
(1998), "Children acquire fundamental concepts through active involvement with the
environment. Science content can be introduced effectively into naturalistic, informal, or
structured learning experiences."
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from this resource?
In order to produce successful students, it is important that they have proper
expectations and standards. This is done through a significant process that creates specific
guidelines for the students to follow. Ensuring that students not only understand the
material that they have been given, but comprehending the scientific principles as well will
help further ensure that they will be successful. A strong network creates a safe
environment for the student. It is also helpful to learn from other teachers who have had
success with students who may be struggling elsewhere. The article highlights that, in
order for anyone to actually learn science is to DO science. The author notes that with
young students, this is most easily carried out by giving them hands-on activities that they
can evaluate and observe in their own way.
How has this resource changed your thinking, being specific about where you were
in your thinking to what you read and digested that made that aha moment of
change?
This resource has provided me with a deeper understanding of how children need
to be taught concepts in both mathematics and science. The article states that, when
children are in their early phases of development, specifically in early childhood, they
actively contribute to obtaining fundamental concepts and learning fundamental
processing capabilities. The author notes that "Young children begin to construct many
concepts during the pre-primary period, including mathematics and science concepts. They
also develop the processes that enable them to apply their newly acquired concepts and to
enlarge current and develop new concepts." This puts an evident need on the teacher
providing a differentiated, diverse, and appropriate learning environment.
What is the name of the resource, article, website, or video? Teaching Kids to Think
Like Engineers. Engineering instruction should build on young students’ natural problem-
solving skills to prepare a future generation of critical thinkers.
Author: Breanna Draxler
Title: Teaching Kids to Think Like Engineers. Engineering instruction should build on
young students’ natural problem- solving skills to prepare a future generation of critical
thinkers.
Sponsoring agency: Discover
Public date: November 5, 2013
Public type: Journal
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study? Ex. How it relates to the unit of science or math.
This article details the way in which children see the world, as well as how their
young minds are built to grow, learn, and be nurtured. The article asks the question, "Kids
learn about the natural world in science classes, but what about the human-made world
built on top of it — the buildings and vehicles and screens where they spend the vast
majority of their time?" It is then stated that much of what we see around us is created by
engineers, to which the author then goes on to state that the world requires engineers in
order to be efficient and adequate for society. This requires a need for further STEM
education in the educational field, increasing science and mathematics opportunities to
children in all classrooms. "Instead of a concrete curriculum or a test that students must be
able to pass, the science and engineering standards lay out benchmarks for what concepts
students should know at particular grade levels, each year building on those before it"
(Draxler, 2013).
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from this resource?
The problem in this case is that the fields of mathematics, engineering, certain fields
of science, and technology are not being explored by children as much as they should be.
For the past twenty years, according to the article, instructors have made attempts to
encourage girls to become interested in scientific fields early on, such as through beneficial
programs like Girls into Science and Technology (GIST) and Women in Science and
Engineering (WISE). However, these programs have clearly not been helpful, as there are
just not enough people pursuing engineering. This highlights a pertinent issue in increasing
the STEM activity for children.
How has this resource changed your thinking, being specific about where you were
in your thinking to what you read and digested that made that aha moment of
change?
I have a much better understanding of the significance of STEM education
throughout the United States, as well as in the rest of the world. It is clear that STEM
education is needed to further fill these jobs that engineers have, and according to Christine
Cunningham, the founder of Engineering Is Elementary, “Younger students need
experiences with engineering and technology if they’re going to succeed in our 21st-
century world — a world that increasingly depends on these disciplines,” My aha moment
reflects the evident need to have more STEM-related educational resources accessible to
more students.
What is the name of the resource, article, website, or video? Helping young children
see math in play.
Author: Bradley Witzel, Christine Ferguson, and Deborah Mink
Title: Helping young children see math in play.
Sponsoring agency: Teaching Children Mathematics
Public date: 2014
Public type: Journal
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study? Ex. How it relates to the unit of science or math.
According to the authors of this article, "Understanding mathematics is important
not only for select careers but also in daily life." This is definitely true, and the article goes
on to talk about some of the pertinent strategies that can be utilized to help preschool-aged
children through grade three develop appropriate math skills. Math is difficult; this is well
known, and according to the article, most children simply do not have the skills needed to
compete on a larger scale, or in an international marketplace against other nations. With
that being said, according to the authors, "Number sense development in young children
has been linked to future math achievement in a manner similar to the way phonological
awareness has been linked to reading achievement." It is vital that children are taught
appropriate strategies for mathematics in order to succeed.
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from this resource?
Math cannot be taught by just looking in a book or listening to a lecture. However, it
is still a common practice. These are the classes of today. But the children know that in
some cases, they are there to keep directing the classroom. However, in many cases, the
teacher just sits back and watches and takes notes. They are there to coach them with
different things they have these centers to go in, Music and dance, block, dramatic play,
sand and water, manipulative and quite area so in head start we accommodate every child.
With that being said, I agree with a lot of the strategies used here. Mathematics will not get
a student very far in terms of actual real life occurrences. For example, filling out a sheet of
Algebra problems generally will not happen in real life, but the logic gained from filling that
sheet out will be used in that student’s future. Applying real world situations for students is
immensely beneficial to them.
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in your thinking to what you read and digested that made that aha moment of
change?
When the article references the point about various types of people in the real world
actually benefitting from being educated on how both mathematicians and scientists think
and test their considerations and ideas, and vice versa, this really opened up my eyes and
way of thinking regarding how this particular subject is taught. I definitely believe that art
and creativity related activities are important to a student’s development. Personally, I
grew up with art all around me. My mother wanted me to be creative, and I think that I
benefitted greatly from that and have become a much better-rounded individual.
Additionally, it helped me gain new perspectives on things, as art is very expressive and
allows students to explore new depths.
What is the name of the resource, article, website, or video?, Math Is Everywhere! Tips
for Mathematizing Preschool Settings
Author: Amy Shillady
Title: Math Is Everywhere! Tips for Mathematizing Preschool Settings
Sponsoring agency: Spotlight on Young Children: Exploring Math.
Public date:2006
Public type: Journal
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study? Ex. How it relates to the unit of science or math.
This article talks about how, evidently, math is everywhere! It also provides tips for
how preschool students can be more well-versed in various mathematical principles. As
such, the author notates how children at this age often have an inherent understanding of
the field of mathematics, as noted in the activities that they engage in on a regular basis.
The author notates how it is important to offer materials to these children that encourage
mathematical thinking, including their understanding of number and number operations,
geometry, measurements, and patterns. The skills that an individual picks up on and learns
by learning mathematics are founded on the concept that a person can manipulate any
equation by performing the same thing equally to both of the sides, in order to craft an
understanding of how a building is built, and so on. Mathematics never change, either,
which is what makes it so fascinating.
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from this resource?
What truly "clicked" about this resource with me is the fact that children truly are
interested in math. They are innately interested in the various principles of math, which is
seen in their daily activities, such as in the introductory paragraph of this article, stating
that a child notices when a block may be too big to fit on top of a building they are crafting.
What is so interesting that this article points out is that math play needs to be maintained
throughout all aspects of education, including integrating small group work and utilizing
various resources to help children understand math is unique and realistic ways. Doing this
method of small group work, at the same time, also contributes scaffolding to the strategy,
where children who are struggling with a particular concept or subject can be assisted by
other students who more easily understand the material that the small group is discussing
or working on.
How has this resource changed your thinking, being specific about where you were
in your thinking to what you read and digested that made that aha moment of
change?
Mathematics is not just number memorization and number recollection. It is not just
about frustration and making the student as miserable as possible. It teaches students how
to solve problems and prepares students to use logic and rationale to do so. There are
dozens of countries that are teaching students this type of math way earlier than the United
States; I know for a fact that Chinese students begin taking Algebra I, for example, as early
as their sixth year, while many high school students take in their ninth or even tenth year.
It is a matter of how the subject is taught, and the fact that many are not teaching it
correctly and providing students with the proper motivation.
What is the name of the resource, article, website, or video? Everyday Poetry: The
Poetry of Science
Author: Sylvia M. Vardell
Title: Everyday Poetry: The Poetry of Science
Sponsoring agency: Book Links
Public date: June 2010
Public type: Journal
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study? Ex. How it relates to the unit of science or math.
This article discusses the poetic instances that exist throughout the field of science,
noting that poetry often utilizes many scientific principles, while many scientific principles
use various forms of poetry. As such, the article touches upon the way in which children
understand the realm of science, such as by looking at imaginary things that they have
created so that they can better comprehend what they are looking at or learning about.
Poetry can be utilized as a means to teach science because it allows students to look at the
concepts in a way that they may more easily understand and be able to shape or
manipulate.
With that being said, the author of the article goes on to state that, “Poets are
typically very observant, careful word-choosers, much like their scientist counterparts, and
the marvels of the natural world have intrigued many poets and continue to be one of the
most popular topics in poetry collections for young people.” Evidently, utilizing the means
of poetry to teach science may more easily reach some students, especially those who
struggle more with science and less with English.
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from this resource?
What really clicked regarding this assignment was the idea that science can be given
a new twist when teaching children. The author of the article asked the question, "When we
invite children to write poetry in language arts class or a report in science class, does it
really have to be an either/or proposition?” This really stuck with me because I have been
in situations where I could have applied either poetic principles to science or vice versa;
the two do not have to be separated from one another, despite what some people might try
and say.
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in your thinking to what you read and digested that made that aha moment of
change?
Why should our student have to think differently than the generation before them?
Before the higher ups within the educational system changed things the system was not
broken. Of course there were students that were behind or failing. However; there was not
as many students as there are today that did not understand their teachers lesson. If the
child did not understand the lesson there is a great possibility that their parent(s) were
able to help them. Now of days parents are just as confused as their children. So once again
why should our students begin to think in new ways? Integrating the use of poetry into
science would be a pertinent method to teach children, especially those who struggle with
that particular way of thinking.
What is the name of the resource, article, website, or video? DVD Newsletters: New
Ways to Encourage Communication With Families
Author: Claudia Sanchez, Bridget A. Walsh, and Katherine Kensinger Rose
Title: DVD Newsletters: New Ways to Encourage Communication With Families
Sponsoring agency: Dimensions of Early Childhood
Public date: 2011
Public type: Journal
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study? Ex. How it relates to the unit of science or math.
This article touched upon the way in which families can communicate with one
another, particularly in regards to those who are English language learnings. They argue
that there are many positive benefits associated with family involvement for children
learning. They note that "Technology innovations have the potential to enhance and create
more meaningful school and home communication that involves families and encourages
them to support their children’s learning at home." DVD newsletters are a great method for
this, according to the authors of this article, because they can be used in many different
ways, as well as "feature classroom and program announcements, in multiple languages as
needed."
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from this resource?
One pertinent aspect of this article I gained was how important newsletters can be
in a child's education. Teachers usually will communicate with the family of a student
through email, as well as through the phone or a website. However, the use of a DVD
newsletter could be greatly beneficial, as they have the potential to reach parents and
students more easily, as noted by the author. They note that, "Families who have easy
access to DVD technology are far more likely to view the newsletters than are families for
whom access is more difficult." These DVD newsletters are able to appeal to the viewers
and have a good potential to increase family engagement, as well as comprehension. When
children are not actively working with their parents or have a good support system, then
there is a higher potential for that child to do poorly.
How has this resource changed your thinking, being specific about where you were
in your thinking to what you read and digested that made that aha moment of
change?
In regards to fostering communication amongst family members, it is important to
initially understand their significance. Primarily, just the teachers were thought to be the
most evident specialists in regards to the needs of students and what they are learning.
However, integrating this kind of technology could be greatly beneficial for the students.
Nevertheless, as parents started to contribute more enthusiastically and energetically in
preparing their children’s education and attention, cooperative working relationships
created upon on shared respect and communal understanding started to arise. lenty of
pertinent research has affirmed the positive advantages of parent-professional association
on the education of students as well, and the DVD newsletters can help flourish that. As a
result, communication will be fostered through building effective and long-term, personal
relationships with the family members of the students through these DVD programs. This
includes working more closely with the students’ family members, to help teach them more
about their child’s education and their future paths.