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Early Years Classroom Representation

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Dana Taylor

on 6 October 2013

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Transcript of Early Years Classroom Representation

Puppet theatre and realistic elements for representing different scenarios
"Information is not processed in isolation, but is shared, built on with peers, and discussed as it relates to real people and real contexts" (Constructing, Pg 153)
Modular elements allow for flexibility and easy changes according to the interests of the students. The possibilities are endless!
Provides opportunities for students to speak their thoughts and ideas while listening and participating in the ideas of their classmates (Constructing, Pg 33)
Dramatic Play Centre
Art Centre
A variety of surface options for representing artistic visions: table, easel, floor space, etc
Lots of wall space for displaying student creations and encouraging them to design their classroom environment as they see fit
Wide range of materials available from crayons and markers to plasticine to coloured paper and stickers, permitting students to let their creative juices flow
Quiet Area
Variety of print literacy that can be interchanged throughout the year
Cushions made of cultural materials that open up discussions about different backgrounds (Constructing, Pg 21)
Opportunities to practice phonemic and phonological awareness (Sakai, Lessons, Week 3)
Computer &
Listening Area
Computers available for educational games, reading programs, listening to books and music, and other multiliteracy opportunities (Constructing, Pg 40)
Name and picture labels on cubbies
Personal greetings for each student as they enter the classroom
Opportunities for socialization; talking and sharing their funds of knowledge through stories and experiences at home and on the playground (Constructing, Pg 33, 145)
Schedule and routines (ex - hand washing, getting ready for recess, etc) posted in both pictures and words
Social interactions
Story telling and dramatic representation
Obeying the rules of the playground
Creating and following rules for games of their own design
Circle Area
Smart Board for interactive lessons
Shared and guided reading of print literacy (Constructing, Pg 200-203)
Alphabet rug is easy for students to use
Open area can be used for small group activities, blocks, etc
Space for students to use as they desire - writing, drawing, working with manipulatives, etc
Snack time and time to interact with friends and teachers
"Listening and talking usually occur together... It is difficult to assess either one in isolation from the other" (Constructing, Pg 159)
Students can explore and reflect on their learning through talk and conversation
Encourages problem solving, asking questions, and language development (Constructing, Pg 152)
Materials stimulate curiosity and encourage exploration (Sakai, Lessons, Week 2)
Science & Discovery
Dana Taylor
Early Years Classroom Representation
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