Skillful Teaching for Early Childhood Educators - TTC 109

Teachers of young children have one of the most important jobs in the world of education!  A positive experience during the early years of learning has a profound effect on a child's self-worth and future attitude towards learning.  The opposite is also troublingly true.  The misconception that young children are easier to teach than older children and that anyone can teach young children is eroding as school communities come to realize the power of high-quality early childhood teaching.

Skillful teaching of the youngest learners requires strong teachers who are able to meet the needs of young children by understanding their development and family culture.  Early childhood educators need to utilize a repertoire of differentiated instructional and assessment strategies, and work in partnership with their parents and other educators to provide caring, engaging, challenging and supportive programs.

This course is for individuals who work in international schools with children ages 3-6 years old, including classroom teachers, learning specialists, EAL teachers, guidance counselors, curriculum coordinators and administrators.

  • In the context of international schools, participants will:

  • Examine principles of child development and learning that inform developmentally appropriate practice

  • Examine guidelines for developing effective partnerships with families

  • Understand how to support and extend play

  • Explore how to scaffold language and literacy development in young children

  • Share authentic challenging topics or situations regarding various aspects of their experiences as early childhood professionals and discuss possible solutions within the context of standards of excellence

In order to access course materials, participants are required to bring a laptop computer with wireless internet capability and appropriate adapters to this course.

Web and print resources for this course.