Learning As We Grow -
Development and Learning
|"As children develop, the
ways in which they learn change. If teachers are tuned to those
sequences of development, then they can be more thoughtful about
how they design their lessons, how they pace instruction, how
they move kids along from one concept to the next. Doing these
things will build students' ability to think critically and
take on more and more complex tasks as they grow."
| Key Questions:
- How do children learn and develop?
- How can teachers support students' development
- Pathways for development
– Teachers will
understand that students develop along several developmental
pathways, all of which interact and play a part in a students'
learning. Teachers will learn how they can enhance learning
by observing their students and supporting their development
across these pathways.
- Developmental progression
– Teachers will
understand that development progresses sequentially, that
teaching is more effective when it is appropriate to students'
developmental stages and within their "zones of proximal
development," and that development can be supported
- Assessing and supporting
readiness – Teachers
will begin to recognize students' developmental signs of
readiness across the different pathways. Teachers will understand
the need to assess students' current levels of skill and
understanding to make decisions about what students are
ready to learn and how they can best be taught.
This episode features teachers from an
elementary, middle, and high school, each exploring
concepts of velocity, mass and momentum with their students.
Viewers can see how many of the same concepts are presented
to students in a developomentally appropriate way. University
of California at Santa Cruz professor Roland Tharp and
Yale University professor James P. Comer provide expert
Key Terms - New in this
of proximal development
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