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  1. 1. Fostering Critical ThinkingPerformance Distinguished Proficient Basic Below Non-Levels Expectations Performance 4 3 2 1 0Fostering Consistently fosters Fosters critical At times fosters Critical thinking is Critical thinking isCritical critical thinking thinking through critical thinking minimally is non-existentThinking through challenging challenging through encouraged in the students to students to challenging classroom. elaborate on their elaborate on their students to thinking, question thinking, question elaborate on their assumptions, their assumptions, their thinking, examine biases, examine biases, question their communicate in a communicate in a assumptions, clear and concise clear and concise examine biases, manner and defend manner and communicating in their positions defend their a clear and throughout the positions concise manner course. throughout the and defend their course. positions in some areas. Please score the following examples: 1. Discussion Forum Response Score_______ RE: My Practium 5/10/2010 9:02:26 PM Experience I am glad the experience has been helpful. I wish there was more time to collaborate with peers as an educator! Best wishes to you! ~Instructor 2. Discussion Forum Response Score_______ RE: Family 6/10/2010 4:37:46 PM Functioning Hi Student, In your post you note the relationship between a childs home life, and his or her academic success. Throughout my years of teaching, I have witnessed this myself. Children with severe problems at home often have difficulties learning. This is often not due to their lack of ability, but their lack of nurture and support at home. Family problems oftentimes lead to emotional issues. However, a caring, supportive teacher can make a difference. Class, as teachers and other child care workers, how can we provide support for children who are not otherwise receiving any? Instructor
  2. 2. 3. Discussion Forum ResponseScore_______ RE: 5/16/2010 8:52:57 PM headstart Mimicking your Parents Student and class, Student you mention how if you teach them love than they will give love. These students are at a perfect age where they are learning by watching. Have you ever looked in a mirror and seen one of your parents facial expressions looking right back at you? Have you ever heard yourself say something to your child that your parents said to you when you were growing up? Didnt we all swear that we were going to be different with our kids? Now you’re the parent and your child is acquiring all of your facial expressions and your habits, just like you did from your parents. You’re on stage all of the time and your child is sitting in the audience. Unfortunately, there is nothing that parents can do to prevent this, so we need to make sure that our children are mimicking behaviors that are acceptable. Negative behaviors such as smoking, drinking, yelling, and hitting are actions that we do not want our children to mimic! What are some other examples where you have found your child mimicking someone in your family or another situation with a child?4. Discussion Forum ResponseScore_______ RE: MY teaching 5/10/2010 9:04:47 PM exerience Wow!! More positive thoughts about this reading program! I am glad it has been such a good experience! Best wishes to you! ~Instructor5. Discussion Forum ResponseScore_______ RE: Language Development- 4/15/2010 1:58:14 PM Week 2 Student, Oral language develoment is very important for young children. What are some effective ways
  3. 3. preschool teachers can assess oral language? Instructor6. Discussion Forum ResponseScore_______RE: Discussion 6/25/2010 6:45:14 AM2 week 3 Hi Class, Student mentions Chomskys beliefs about LAD. On page 237 in your text, Berk (2008) states that "Because the LAD is specifically suited for language processing, children master the structure of language spontaneously and swiftly. In sharp contrast to the behaviorist view, nativists regard deliberate training by parents as unnecessary." Class, do you feel his beliefs about LAD are always true? Why or why not? Instructor Beck, L. (2008) Infants and children: Prenatal through middle childhood (6th. Edition.) New York: Pearson Education Inc.7. Discussion Forum ResponseScore_______RE: 5/28/2010 10:04:48 PMdb1 State Driven Curriculum Student and Class, You state how students are getting ready for taking the test versus learning and letting them be children. In STATE where I teach it was just third, fourth, seventh, ninth, and eleventh grades that were tested. It got to a point that no one wanted to teach those grades. I taught 4th grade for 11 years and it was stressful knowing that you were accountable not only for information learned in 4th grade, but in all previous years as well since they can test for all objectives K-4. However, Kindergarten thru second grade teachers were not accountable or other non tested grades were not accountable like we were. However, now they test in all grades, but Kindergarten. Each student gets tested in communication arts and math and fifth grade has science as well. As a teacher you do not want to teach towards the test, but you have to. Our city newspaper publishes all test scores by district, school and can be teacher as well (have not done that yet). You look at scores of what the child did the year before to figure out how they can improve for the current year. You also make sure to get all objectives that are
  4. 4. for sure tested crammed in before testing begins in April. You also have to take a big chunk of time for review of all the concepts that will be tested. It is a huge waste of time. It is bittersweet for me. I think that testing is beneficial if used correctly. I think that is gives you an idea of what the child struggles with and what they can use extra help on. However, it should not be the basis for objectives, which ours is. I was on the state testing team and we would get together all the red flags that were common for the students to struggle with across the district and then have activities that were required to do for review throughout the year. We would also get teacher workdays to go through and rank our students on who needs the most help to decide how we can get the help they need to succeed. It is amazing the time put to doing better on the test. Ideally, it is for the student to be better, but in the districts eyes it is all about percentages. Do you feel that the students would be better off with or without testing and why?8. Discussion Forum ResponseScore_______ RE: Principles for Reading 5/3/2010 7:26:08 PM Success - Student I agree. Comprehension is a very important piece. This is why reading to children and asking questions---even at an early age---is a great benefit to a child learning to read. Keep up the good work! ~Instructor9. Discussion Forum ResponseScore_______ RE: 5/2/2010 10:19:50 PM assessment/Patty Student, The idea is that teachers can bring students together and also diversify learning by having students integrate together in classrooms based on academic needs and not assigned classrooms. However, that can be done with doors as well:-).10. Discussion Forum ResponseScore_______ RE: Language 4/15/2010 1:53:57 PM Development
  5. 5. Student, I think show and tell is a great activity for little ones. I like allowing the child to talk freely about the item for a couple minutes, but then I ask them to complete sentence frames such as "I like this because ______" and I got this __________." Instructor11. Discussion Forum ResponseScore_______ RE: Assessment 5/10/2010 8:54:09 PM in Reading Hi Student, Very thought-provoking post! Thanks for sharing! ~Instructor

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