ERIC Number: ED418790
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Creating Child-Centered Classrooms: 8-10 Year Olds. Step By Step: A Program for Children and Families.
Walsh, Kate Burke
In child-centered programs children construct their own knowledge from their experiences and interactions with the world around them, and teachers foster children's growth and development by building on children's interests, needs, and strengths within a safe and caring environment. The Step by Step educational program developed a series of child-centered teaching manuals for caregivers and teachers in early childhood programs in Central and Eastern Europe. Initially directed at the preschool level for children ages 3 to 5, the series has been extended from birth to age 10. This manual provides upper primary grade teachers (8-, 9-, and 10-year-olds) with lessons, suggestions for extended activities, assessment strategies and forms, thematic curriculum webs, and complete resource and reference lists. The manual's contents are: (1) "Part 1: Presenting the Step by Step Primary Program," includes educating for the 21st century, goals for the program, developmental guidelines, moving from teacher-dominated to child-centered classrooms, the roles of the teacher in the child-centered classroom, creating child-centered classrooms, ongoing assessment, and family participation; and (2) "Part 2: Implementing the Step by Step Primary Program," includes literacy, visual arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and example thematic units of study on India, weather, wool, and bats. Contains 23 references. (EV)
Descriptors: Child Development, Classroom Techniques, Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Experiential Learning, Family Involvement, Learning Activities, Literacy, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Social Studies, Student Evaluation, Teacher Role, Teaching Guides, Thematic Approach, Visual Arts
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Children's Resources International, Inc., Washington, DC.; Open Society Inst., New York, NY.