ERIC Number: ED450886
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Readiness for Learning: A Readiness Audit Tool for Kindergarten Classrooms. [Booklet and Videotape].
North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.
Noting the importance of developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) for teaching kindergarten students, this guide with accompanying videotape is designed to help kindergarten practitioners assess their classroom's level of readiness. The guide discusses the concept of kindergarten readiness as including the capacity of kindergarten classrooms and programs to support all 5-year-olds' development through learning. The guide contains an audit tool for examining five characteristics of kindergarten classrooms: (1) the classroom environment; (2) the classroom materials; (3) the curriculum and structure; (4) the teachers' knowledge and certification; and (5) the quality of the kindergarten experiences. This assessment tool delineates descriptors or conditions of DAP within each of the five areas and provides indicators to help in assessing how well a classroom or program is implementing DAP. Implementation is described in varying degrees: full, partial, or not implemented. Space on the checklist is included for additional information needed and action to be taken regarding each indicator. The guide contains 18 references and resources. The accompanying 38-minute videotape shows two condensed half-day kindergarten classrooms with the following components: opening activities, music/movement, whole group activities, center activities, transition time, interactive writing, journal writing, choice time, and dismissal. The videotape concludes with an in-depth clip illustrating the characteristics of DAP as related to each of the five characteristics of kindergarten classrooms. (KB)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Evaluation Criteria, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children, Learning Readiness, Primary Education, Program Evaluation, Teacher Student Relationship
North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, 1900 Spring Road, Suite 300, Oak Brook, IL 60523-1480; Tel: 800-356-2735 (Toll Free); Tel: 630-571-4700; Fax: 630-571-4716; Web site: http://www.ncrel.org (Booklet and 38-minute videotape).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Non-Print Media
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.