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Emergent Curriculum in the Primary Classroom

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Rocio Myers

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Transcript of Emergent Curriculum in the Primary Classroom

In this book the author describes emergent curriculum in the elementary classroom.
In emergent curriculum "Teachers plan in response to the group's interests and concerns, and curriculum expands into genuine inquiry as children and teachers together become participatory co-learners who attempt to understand some aspect of real life" (Wien, 2008, p.1).
The book includes nine stories from teachers and principals with their own experience of using emergent curriculum in the classroom.
Summary
Enhancing Curriculum Design
According to Carol A. Wien (2008), "Emergent curriculum centers itself in the genuine interest of children and teachers" (p.16).
In emergent curriculum just like backwards design the teacher starts with a question or big idea that will motivate students to find the answer.
Motivation and engagement of both teachers and students are crucial to this curriculum design.
Students can have perspective through this curriculum since there is an expectation to have a positive tone and ownership of the content by offering their ideas which in turn also supports empathy for other's ideas.
The constructivist approach to teaching is supported through this curriculum since students and teachers work together toward learning objectives thus supporting the children's ability to explain and interpret their understanding of concepts they learn.
Students have the opportunity to design work which supports the student's ability to apply their knowledge because in most cases they are designing something that is new.
Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners
According to Carol A. Wien (2008), "The quest to interpret the Reggio Emilia approach began with the transformation of an institutional classroom into a more pleasant environment open to all sorts of learning" (p.39).
This curriculum design approach also supports the use of materials beyond what may be found in a traditional classroom.
Conversation is supported as a means of learning.
The book offers an example of a student, Sapphire, who was struggling academically but was successful in using the Emergent Curriculum.
The approaches used in Emergent Curriculum definitely support the needs of many diverse learners.
Personal Connection/Growth
The book is motivating and encouraging.
Displays a celebration of good teaching.
The stories included demonstrate an exemplary teaching practice.
It also includes examples of democratic teaching in which children are taught responsible citizenship.
The organization of the book is very reader friendly.
Initially there are examples of teachers who are first exploring with the use of Emergent Curriculum.
The end of the book includes the long-term efforts of implementing Emergent Curriculum
I personally like that the book shows us that it is possible to go beyond the standardized curriculum to support the varied, creative, complex, resourceful. and intelligent minds of students and definitely would recommend that you read it.
By Carol Anne Wien
Emergent Curriculum in the Primary Classroom
The Unique Approach of Emergent Curriculum
Assessment in Emergent Curriculum
Emergent Curriculum is
a unique approach to teaching for many reasons.
Creates positive learning experiences.
Creates an opening for new possibilities in learning.
Encourages teachers and students to learn together.
Supports real world experiences and problems.
incorporates conversations to understand what others think.
Embraces uncertainty and persists through obstacles.
Assessment in Emergent Curriculum is mainly accomplished by the teacher's observations and anecdotal records.
The student's completed work also serves as a means of assessment.

Rocio Myers
EDUU 609
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