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ERIC Number: ED497243
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun-8
Pages: 352
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-9-781-4129-5009-1
Bridging: Assessment for Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Classrooms, PreK-3
Chen, Jie-Qi; McNamee, Gillian Dowley
Corwin Press,
Effective teaching requires skill in implementing challenging and inviting curricular activities. It also involves evaluating children's learning in order to extend their development through the school year. Being able to implement and evaluate at the same time is at the heart of good teaching. Written for PreK-3 educators, this book blends curriculum planning, implementation, and assessment into one process, providing a practical, performance-based approach to early childhood assessment. Encouraging teachers to assess both what (content) and how (process) children learn, the authors have developed 15 activities across five curricular areas--language arts and literacy, visual arts, mathematics, science, and performing arts--with guidelines for implementing, interpreting, and "bridging" observations of children to classroom teaching practices. The book provides ways to: (1) Identify children's current status in content area learning and development; (2) Determine which children are ready to learn in upcoming weeks and months and (3) Make informed instructional adaptations to meet developmental needs. With a built-in facilitator guide for designing and leading preservice and inservice professional development, this resource offers an instructional framework for those committed to aligning sound early childhood curriculum with national learning standards. Following a foreword (Samuel J. Meisels), preface, acknowledgments and authors' information. the book is divided into two sections. Section 1, A Guide for Teachers, includes: (1) Introduction to the Process of Bridging; (2) Assessing the Content of Children's Learning; (3) Assessing the Process of Children's Learning; (4) Activity as the Unit of Analysis in Bridging Assessment; (5) Task Parameters in Bridging Assessment and (6) Teacher Roles in Bridging Assessment. Section 2, Implementation of Assessment Activities, continues with Chapter 7, Implementing Bridging and five activity sections: (1) Language Arts and Literacy; (2) Visual Arts; (3) Mathematics; (4) Sciences and (5) Performing Arts. The book concludes with References and Recommended Readings and Facilitator's Guide to Bridging and Teacher Development. An index and a list of tables and figures is included.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Preschool Education; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A