Bridging Assessment for Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Classrooms, PreK-3

ISBN-10: 1412950104
ISBN-13: 9781412950107
Edition: 2007
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Book details

List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 6/8/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.376
Language: English

""Blends holistic authentic assessment with purposeful, specific assessment experiences that are also child and classroom friendly.""???Vicki Hawley, Early Literacy Training JProject CoordinatorCenter for Early Education and Development University of Minnesota ""Explains the research base, the reason for the assessment process, and current trends in assessment practices for early childhood education, and offers easy-to-use assessment tools that address the whole child.""???L. Kathryn Sharp, Early Childhood InstructorUniversity of Memphis "Use familiar classroom activities as an assessment tool!" Effective teaching requires skill in implementing challenging and inviting curricular activities. It also involves evaluating children's learning in order to extend their development through the school year. Being able to implement and evaluate at the same time is a tall order but is at the heart of good teaching. Written for PreK???3 educators, "Bridging "blends curriculum planning, implementation, and assessment into one seamless process, providing a practical, performance-based approach to early childhood assessment. Encouraging teachers to assess both "what "(content) and "how "(process) children learn, the authors have developed 15 activities across five curricular areas???language arts and literacy, visual arts, mathematics, science, and performing arts???with guidelines for implementing, interpreting, and "bridging" observations of children to classroom teaching practices. The book provides ways to: Identify children??'s current status in content area learning and developmentDetermine which children are ready to learn in upcoming weeks and months Make informed instructionaladaptations to meet developmental needs, and more! With a built-in facilitator guide for designing and leading preservice and inservice professional development, this resource offers an instructional framework for everyone committed to aligning sound early childhood curriculum with national learning standards.

List of Tables and Figures
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
A Guide for Teachers
Introduction to the Process of Bridging
Assessment and Teaching
Bridging in Classrooms
Overview of Bridging
Distinctive Features of Bridging
Bridiging for Preservice and Inservice Teachers
Overview of the Bridging Handbook
Assessing the Content of Children's Learning
Diversity and Individual Differences
Diverse Curricular Areas
Promoting Underlying Concept Development
Key Concepts and Skills
Performance Rubrics
Learning Profiles
Actual and Potential Development
Assessing the Process of Children's Learning
Approaches to Learning
Defining Approaches to Learning
Rubrics to Measure Working Approaches
Sources of Variability in Working Approaches
Working Approaches in the Bridging Process
Activity as the Unit of Analysis in Bridging Assessment
Unit of Analysis in Child Assessment
Activity as the Unit of Analysis in Bridging Assessment
Conceptual Framework of Bridging
Bridging Activities as Basic Activities
Bridging Activities and Play
Task Parameters in Bridging Assessment
Task Parameters in Bridging Assessment
Task Goals
Key Concepts and Skills
Materials
Social Arrangements
Structure of Tasks
Summary
Teacher Roles in Bridging Assessment
Overview of Teacher Roles
Decision Maker
Participant
Observer
Interpreter
Translator
Integrating Roles and Teacher Development
Bridges to Effective Teaching
Implementation of Assessment Activities
Implementing Bridging
Implementing Bridging in the Classroom Context
Becoming Familiar With Activity Protocols
Planning the Assessment
Conducting Bridging Activities
Interpreting the Assessment Results
Linking Assessment to Teaching
Activities: Language Arts and Literacy
What We Know
What Bridging Provides
Why These Three Activities
Standards and Language Arts and Literacy Bridging Activities
Reading a Book-Child's Choice and Teacher's Choice
Dictating a Story
Acting Out a Story
Activities: Visual Arts
What We Know
What Bridging Provides
Why These Three Activities
Standards and Visual Arts Bridging Activities
Experimenting With Crayon Techniques
Drawing a Self-Portrait
Making Pattern Block Pictures
Activities: Mathematics
What We Know
What Bridging Provides
Why These Three Activities
Standards and Mathematics Bridging Activities
Creating Pattern Block Pinwheels
Solving Pattern Block Puzzles
Exploring Number Concepts (Counting, Subtracting, Estimating, and "Fair Share"-Simple Division)
Activities: Sciences
What We Know
What Bridging Provides
Why These Three Activities
Standards and Science Bridging Activities
Exploring Shadows and Light
Assembling a Nature Display
Building a Model Car
Activities: Performing Arts
What We Know
What Bridging Provides
Why These Three Activities
Standards and Performing Arts Bridging Activities
Moving to Music
Playing an Instrument
Singing a Song
References and Recommended Readings
Facilitator's Guide to Bridging and Teacher Development
Inservice Professional Development
Professional Studies for Preservice Teacher Candidates
Building a Community of Learners
Index

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