Assignment 2: Effective Practices

In order to be an effective early childhood professional, it is vital to pay close attention to the strengths and needs of every child. Children respond to teaching strategies and learning experiences in many different ways, so it is essential to have an arsenal of strategies and effective practices that can be used when the time is right. However, classroom meetings and democratic classrooms are great ways to support positive learning environments, positive classroom cultures, and create caring classroom communities where every child can thrive. The dynamics of each classroom group will vary, so you will need to research several approaches and effective practices for creating a strong classroom community for the children and families with whom you work.

For this Assignment, you will consider the role of classroom meetings in supporting positive learning environments.

To Prepare:

Continue to collect information about the early childhood setting in which you observed. This information should include a description of the setting, age levels, group size, demographics, and children who have exceptionalities such as varying abilities and/or children for whom English is a second language. After completing your observation and watching the media segments on classroom meetings in this module’s Learning Resources, consider how classroom meetings can support positive learning environments, positive classroom cultures, and caring classroom communities using the following scenario.

By Day 7 of Week 4

Imagine you are working with a new teacher to help create a supportive learning environment with positive classroom cultures and caring classroom communities for everyone in the setting. Research effective practice based on scholarly resources from the last 5 years that you can use to help guide and support this teacher.

Develop a 5- to 7-page paper for your Handbook for each of the bullet points for your Website that provides evidence-based information addressing the questions that follow.

How can early childhood professionals:

Help all children feel valued and respected as members of the classroom community?

Build on the strengths and meet the individual needs of all the children through the building of a classroom community?

Create an environment that is culturally responsive?

Promote a strong academic environment through a sense of community?

Strengthen partnerships with children and families through a community environment?

Positively affect all children’s social-emotional growth?

Note: As you respond to each of these questions, be sure to consider international sources that may provide varying insights on cultural considerations, as well as new perspectives on effective practice for fostering supportive learning environments that include positive classroom cultures and caring classroom communities.

Include at least 5 current scholarly resources to support this topic with at least one resource written by someone from a country other than your own or the one in which you work.

Note: You will submit this Assignment for feedback from your Instructor and have an opportunity to revise based on this feedback and additional learning in Module 5 as part of your Major Assessment.


Note: Be sure to include a transcript for each of your podcasts.

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