Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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2. 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."
Linda Darling-Hammond
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Key Questions:
  • How do children learn and develop?
  • How can teachers support students' development and learning?
students measuring

Learning Objectives:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 by teaching.
  3. 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.

Video Program

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 commentary.

Key Terms - New in this Session

developmental pathways

developmentally appropriate

zone of proximal development

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