Close your eyes and picture this classroom setting: two students are sitting at adjacent desks, examining each other’s work. One student says to the other, “You added a lot of details to your writing.” The other shares, “I tried to add many as I could to make it better.” Now open your eyes. Were the students you pictured in high school, or maybe sixth or seventh grade? What if they were first graders? Are young students capable of this kind of thought processing? The answer is yes, through the inclusion of formative instructional practices in the classroom.
One thing I have learned from being a pre-service early childhood educator is that people underestimate the intelligence and ability of children ages 3-8. For the last three years, I’ve heard countless variations of “Oh, so you’ll be playing and coloring for a living!” The general public does not realize that from the moment a child is born, he begins learning. The period between birth and eight years of age is when the most significant learning takes place. As part of my upcoming career, I would like to share a little bit about what young children can really do.Read More