Educators must intentionally select curriculum and instructional strategies that align with developmentally appropriate practices. To be developmentally appropriate, the curriculum must be culturally responsive, individually appropriate, and age appropriate.
In your initial post:
Describe a learning experience that you have implemented, observed being implemented, or would implement with young children.
Describe the activity in as much detail as possible, how, and why the activity was selected, the teaching strategies you used, material needed, the age group, etc.
Prior to completing this discussion, please read Chapters 9, 10 and Section 15.1 in the textbook and the A Comparison of Montessori and Traditional Middle Schools: Motivation, Quality of Experience, and Social Context (Links to an external site.) article. Additionally, watch the Montessori Vs Conventional Schools (Links to an external site.) and Exploring Borderlands–American Passages: A Literary Survey (Links to an external site.) videos.
In this post of a minimum of 300 words, you will explore the role of community agencies (more specifically, schools) in developing the optimum learning and pro-social behavior of children. Complete the following:
Explain the major approaches of Montessori-style education and of traditional education formats for children.
Then Create a Table Download Create a Tabledescribing three benefits and three drawbacks of each style, addressing each of the three domains covered in this course.
Decide on a Topic and Construct your Thesis:
The research paper topic must be based on a current social issue, and the paper must be persuasive; therefore, an arguable stance (for or against) must be taken on the topic and presented in the thesis statement. The research paper will consist of FOUR-to-SIX pages of text; the works cited information must also be included.
Review a Possible List of Topics Download Possible List of TopicsPreview the document for the research paper.
The thesis statement should consist of your topic and your stance on the topic.
Topic: Nuclear Disarmament
Thesis: The United States of America should lead the way as a global example by enacting laws that would lead to nuclear disarmament.
The research proposal should include a header (double-spaced in the top left-hand corner of the first page: Name, Mr. Morris, ENG1123, and date) and the running head (last name and page number in the top right-hand corner of the page). Study the MLA Research Paper Formatting Guidelines.
The research proposal should be written in complete sentences and should be separated into four sections, labeled:
Topic: state the topic you have selected.
Stance: state your position (for or against) the topic.
Thesis: state the topic and the stance together in a single sentence (use should or should not to be sure your thesis is persuasive).
Plans for Supporting the Stance: give examples of the types of information you plan to gather to support your topic. All of your source material must come from pre-approved databases, which will be available in next week’s module.
Submit the 300-Word Research Proposal by 11:59 pm on Sunday.
Module 04 Content
Establishing appropriate learning goals and objectives is an important part of the curriculum planning process. Goals and objectives identify what you want your students to know or be able to do at the end of a lesson or activity. To create an effective curriculum, you must first purposefully develop learning goals and objectives. To ensure that goals and objectives are DAP consider what is age-appropriate, what is individually appropriate, and what is culturally and socially appropriate for the learners for whom you are planning the curriculum. Once you have created learning goals and objectives, you can now plan meaningful and relevant learning experiences to help children reach the goals!
First, download the weekly curriculum plan document:
Next, complete the Part 1 – Curriculum Learning Goals section of the document by writing three learning goals for the identified age group, ensuring that the goals are age, individually, culturally, and socially appropriate for the identified group of children.
Once the learning goals have been written, you will need to complete the Part 2 – Curriculum Weekly Plan by developing a learning experience for each of the following (eight learning experiences total):
Play and Exploration
Science and Math
Social and Emotional
Complete each section (five sections for each learning experience) of Part 2 – Curriculum Weekly Plan, including:
Curriculum Learning Goal (from Part 1)
Name of Activity
Description of Activity
Activity Objective or State Early Learning Guideline
Possible DAP Accommodations
Uses professional language with correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation in the template with a title page (title: Resource Collection RC-1: Weekly Plan and your full name).
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If you are applying for the CDA Credential: After you receive feedback from your instructor and make the necessary changes from that feedback, place this Resource Collection/Competency Statement Assignment in your Online CDA Professional Portfolio.
See the CDA Credential Information in Module 01
Instructions to set up your portfolio in the CDA Credential Guide
Consult your CDA Competency Handbook
Compose a research-based essay focusing on the need for play in the early childhood learning environment. Discuss how play has changed in the early childhood learning environment in the past few years. Discuss a professional’s position on play in the early childhood learning environment and whether you agree or disagree. Support your position with research. This essay must be in APA format with a minimum of three (3) professional references.
Your essay should be 1700-2000 words and should include at least three (3) citations. The sections should be clearly marked with headings so that your instructor knows which points you are addressing. Follow the guidelines for APA writing style. The title page and references page do not count towards the minimum word amount for this assignment.
The purpose of this assignment is to have students familiarize themselves with the NAEYC standards which are nationally recognized in education and leads educational policy. By familiarizing themselves with the standards and position statements of this organization, students become more informed, intentional, politically active, and effective educators.
Read the NAEYC standards, and specifically become familiar with Standard 2 provided below:
Standard 2: Building Family and Community Relationships
2a. Knowing about and understanding diverse family and community characteristics
2b. Supporting and engaging families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships
Use each of the descriptors to create a table that includes: Each standard descriptor a bulleted list of three specific activities that teachers can implement to support each. These activities must be research-based, and you must cite your references in Part 3 of this assignment.
Write an essay discussing:
An explanation of what NAEYC Standard 2 encompasses and why this standard is important in the field of early childhood education
An analysis of each descriptor and how each can be conveyed in the learning environment
A detailed, written explanation of the three activities for each descriptor from your table in Step 2
Your essay should be 1100-1300 words and should include at least four (4) citations. The sections should be clearly marked with headings so that your instructor knows which points you are addressing. Follow the guidelines for APA writing style. The title page and references page do not count towards the minimum word amount for this assignment.