Bridging : Assessment for Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Classrooms, PreK-3

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Designed for trainee and practising teachers of children ages 3-8, this two volume set provides the rationale and theoretical foundation for the assessment system the authors have developed, including 15 carefully designed assessment activities, guidance on how to implement them, how to interpret the results, and how to "bridge" them to shape classroom teaching practices.

The activities cover diverse curricular areas, including English and literacy, visual arts, mathematics, sciences, and performing arts. Each activity is described in terms of the standard components of early childhood curricula: (1) the key concepts and skills in specific content areas; (2) the materials, procedures, and strategies for implementation; and (3) extensions to further teaching opportunities
The assessment process provides information on what young children know, but in a context and format that give teachers the ability to adjust their instructional approach to improve children's learning opportunities.
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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 215.9 x 276.86 x 25.4mm | 975.22g
  • SAGE Publications Inc
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • 1412950104
  • 9781412950107
  • 1,105,543

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"Fifteen activities across five curricular areas provide guidelines for 'bridging' observations of children to classroom teaching practices, helping teachers assess development, effective learning techniques, and helping them to predict future learning techniques and trends." -- California Bookwatch, August 2007 "Not only explains the reason for the assessment process, the research base, and current trends in assessment practices for early childhood, but also offers easy-to-use assessment tools that address the whole child." -- Kathryn Sharp, Instructor "A unique and valuable offering to teachers interested in being lifelong learners. Places emphasis not only on assessment of content areas, but even more on the learning/teaching process and how to smoothly link the assessments to planning and implementing curriculum." -- Katherine Taddie Kelly, Literacy Coach and Reading Interventionist "Unique in that it offers a way for teachers to examine both the content and the process of young children's learning. It also offers a more comprehensive assessment of the whole child by looking at multiple areas of skills and development." -- Lisa A. McCabe, Cooperative Extension Associate "Blends holistic authentic assessment with purposeful, specific assessment experiences that are also child- and classroom-friendly." -- Vicki Hawley, Minnesota Early Literacy Training Coordinator
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Table of contents

List of Tables and FiguresForeword by Samuel J. MeiselsPrefaceAcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorsSection I. A Guide for Teachers1. Introduction to the Process of Bridging Assessment and Teaching Bridging in Classrooms Overview of Bridging Distinctive Features of Bridging Bridiging for Preservice and Inservice Teachers Overview of the Bridging Handbook2. Assessing the Content of Children's Learning Diversity and Individual Differences Diverse Curricular Areas Promoting Underlying Concept Development Key Concepts and Skills Performance Rubrics Learning Profiles Actual and Potential Development3. Assessing the Process of Children's Learning Approaches to Learning Defining Approaches to Learning Rubrics to Measure Working Approaches Sources of Variability in Working Approaches Working Approaches in the Bridging Process4. Activity as the Unit of Analysis in Bridging Assessment Unit of Analysis in Child Assessment Activity as the Unit of Analysis in Bridging Assessment Conceptual Framework of Bridging Bridging Activities as Basic Activities Bridging Activities and Play5. Task Parameters in Bridging Assessment Task Parameters in Bridging Assessment Task Goals Key Concepts and Skills Materials Social Arrangements Structure of Tasks Summary6. Teacher Roles in Bridging Assessment Overview of Teacher Roles Decision Maker Participant Observer Interpreter Translator Integrating Roles and Teacher Development Bridges to Effective TeachingSection II. Implementation of Assessment Activities7. Implementing Bridging Implementing Bridging in the Classroom Context Becoming Familiar With Activity Protocols Planning the Assessment Conducting Bridging Activities Interpreting the Assessment Results Linking Assessment to TeachingActivities: Language Arts and Literacy What We Know What Bridging Provides Why These Three Activities Standards and Language Arts and Literacy Bridging Activities Reading a Book-Child's Choice and Teacher's Choice Dictating a Story Acting Out a StoryActivities: Visual Arts What We Know What Bridging Provides Why These Three Activities Standards and Visual Arts Bridging Activities Experimenting With Crayon Techniques Drawing a Self-Portrait Making Pattern Block PicturesActivities: Mathematics What We Know What Bridging Provides Why These Three Activities Standards and Mathematics Bridging Activities Creating Pattern Block Pinwheels Solving Pattern Block Puzzles Exploring Number Concepts (Counting, Subtracting, Estimating, and "Fair Share"-Simple Division)Activities: Sciences What We Know What Bridging Provides Why These Three Activities Standards and Science Bridging Activities Exploring Shadows and Light Assembling a Nature Display Building a Model CarActivities: Performing Arts What We Know What Bridging Provides Why These Three Activities Standards and Performing Arts Bridging Activities Moving to Music Playing an Instrument Singing a SongReferences and Recommended ReadingsFacilitator's Guide to Bridging and Teacher Development Inservice Professional Development Professional Studies for Preservice Teacher Candidates Building a Community of LearnersIndex
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