Talk:Play Based Learning
What I Liked/What Works Well:
Learning Outcomes: Outcomes are well aligned with units. Love the “use research to defend teaching strategies”! (My early childhood professor always used to say “when they feed you to the sharks”) I think being able to defend children’s right to play is incredibly important.
Content-goal consistency: The content you provide is beneficial in helping the learning to reach their intended outcomes.
Instructional sequencing: You did a nice job organizing the content to effectively flow and build on prior knowledge. The “chunks” within each unit fit very well.
Engagement and Interaction: Interactive and collaborative components of the discussion/list will encourage peer-peer learning, and reinforce participants to use higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy.
Technical Quality: Good thinking to use explicit instructions to guide participants when they open links. Great use of graphics. All of your links were functional!
Extended Resources: Articles are very relevant and aid in building connections to the topic, the video is a nice addition.
Have You Considered?:
Engagement and Interaction: Maybe uploading a “template” of sorts (that you can create as a word doc) for an early childhood lesson plan that features criteria specific to younger learners (which developmental domains will be necessary, accomodations, etc.)
Technical Quality: Creating hyperlinks that remove some of the alphabet soup on the larger web addresses
· In Unit 2, make sure to give the participants a list of links to QUALITY resources where they can find play-based activities. I know Pinterest has been a priceless tool, but often times there are things on there that are more product oriented and do not allow for meaningful learning to take place.
· I know that you spoke about aligning play with standards—are you familiar with the NYS Early Learning Guidelines? They were created with the Pre-K Foundation to the Common Core in mind, which was, of course, created by early childhood professionals in NYS to give UPK a basis for Common Core.
You can download the ELGs for free here: http://earlychildhoodnyc.org/resources/ELG.cfm
· It may also be helpful to list NAEYC as a resource, as they have their own set of standards as per curriculum, environments, and teaching strategies in which young children learn best.
Hope this is helpful for you, and if you need any clarification, just let me know!