Young Learners, Diverse Children: Celebrating Diversity in Early Childhood

Young Learners, Diverse Children: Celebrating Diversity in Early Childhood

by Virginia M. (Maria) Gonzalez
     
 

ISBN-10: 1412968143

ISBN-13: 9781412968140

Pub. Date: 09/15/2009

Publisher: SAGE Publications

For the increasing number of diverse young learners, academic and social success can hinge on a teacher's ability to bridge home and school by making emotional connections with students and their families. This book demonstrates how combining teaching methods with an authentic appreciation of children's backgrounds builds the confidence young learners need to

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For the increasing number of diverse young learners, academic and social success can hinge on a teacher's ability to bridge home and school by making emotional connections with students and their families. This book demonstrates how combining teaching methods with an authentic appreciation of children's backgrounds builds the confidence young learners need to succeed.

Young Learners, Diverse Children offers a research-based instructional model that merges cognition, language, and culture to foster a supportive learning environment for diverse and low socioeconomic status (SES) students. Drawing on her direct experience in establishing a successful laboratory school for diverse preschoolers, Virginia Gonzalez presents examples of best teaching practices and provides lesson plans and alternative assessment tools to help readers

Improve literacy skills through storytelling that reflects students' everyday lives

Collaborate with parents to increase student achievement

Correlate curriculum with TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) standards for young children

Integrate academic standards across developmental levels and content areas

Using this practical handbook, early childhood educators can create richer, more positive learning experiences and help alleviate the real-life challenges of cultural adaptation for newly immigrated or low SES students and their families.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412968140
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
09/15/2009
Pages:
223
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables vi

Foreword Eugene E. Garcia viii

Preface: A Letter to the Reader xi

Acknowledgments xx

About the Author xxiii

Part I Ethnic-Educator Philosophical and Theoretical Framework 1

Chapter 1 The Ethnic-Educator Philosophy 2

Examples of Principle 1 7

Examples of Principle 2 11

Examples of Principle 3 15

Examples of Principle 4 17

Chapter 2 The Ethnic-Educator Pedagogical Model 20

How Teachers' Personalities Affect Their Assessment and Instructional Decisions 20

A Socioconstructivistic Pedagogical Model Supporting the Ethnic-Educator Approach 24

The Four Pedagogical Principles for Learning and Academic Achievement 28

Part II Educational Applications of The Ethnic-Educator Approach 37

Chapter 3 Teaching Strategies 38

Strategies Supporting the Ethnic-Educator Approach 38

First Cluster of Pedagogical Strategies: Thematic Curriculums 39

First Cluster of Pedagogical Strategies: Holistic Developmental Curriculums 45

Second Cluster of Pedagogical Strategies: Stimulating Critical-Thinking Skills 48

Second and Third Clusters of Pedagogical Strategies: A Pluralistic Pedagogy Stimulating Connections to Prior Sociocultural Knowledge and Real-Life Experiences 51

Fourth Cluster of Pedagogical Strategies: An Advocacy Position for Teachers 55

Suggestions for Applying the Strategies 58

Chapter 4 Linking the Teaching Strategies with Academic Content Standards 60

Linking Assessment to Instruction Through Classroom-Based Observations 60

Instructional Purposes of Assessment 86

Integration of Teaching Principles With TESOL Academic Content Standards in the Curriculum 87

Linking Assessment to Instruction ThroughClassroom-Based Observations 92

Chapter 5 Developmental Tasks for Linking Assessment to Instruction 115

Case Study Introducing Individual Developmental Tasks 116

Discussion of Paula's Overall Performance Across Developmental Tasks 137

Chapter 6 Storytelling 140

Research-Based Knowledge Supporting Storytelling as an Alternative Assessment 141

Storytelling as an Assessment Method of First-and Second-Language and Cognitive Development 142

Developmental Stages of Narrative and Semantic Development in Children 143

Socioconstructivist Perspective for Language Development 145

Sociocultural Perspective for Language Development 145

Application of Research-Based Knowledge to Actual Assessment Strategies 147

Recommended Strategies for Clustering Coded Responses 155

Four Recommended Strategies for Interpreting Evaluation Results 165

Conclusions 169

Chapter 7 Alternative Reading Instruction 170

Introduction 170

Theoretical Framework Supporting Reading Instruction in Young, Diverse Children 171

Guided-Reading Approach for Developing Reading-Comprehension Skills 174

Application of the Guided-Reading Approach 175

Application of the Schema Theory 176

Repetition and Practice Make Perfect 178

Activities for Increasing Reading Abilities 181

Family Involvement for Increasing Reading Skills 183

Bridging the Gap Between School and Home Cultures Through Parental Participation 184

Conclusions 186

Chapter 8 Conclusions and Recommendations for Educating Diverse Young Children 187

Introduction: The BPDC as a Learning Context 188

Interviews With Teachers Participating in the BPDC Project 192

Interviews With Diverse and Mainstream Parents Participating in the BPDC Project 197

Overall Conclusions 208

Appendix: Alignment of Philosophical and Pedagogical Principles and Pedagogical Strategies Endorsed by the Ethnic-Educator Approach for Young, Diverse Children 211

References 213

Index 218

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