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  • 1 | FACILITATORS GUIDE: CREATIVE CURRICULUM FOR NEW TEACHERS

    Creative Curriculum for New Teachers Enduring Understanding

    The DoDEA Sure Start Program has adopted and uses researched-based curriculum system, The Creative Curriculum System for Preschool; all Sure Start teachers use this curriculum for instruction.

    Essential Question(s) 1. What is The Creative Curriculum System for Preschool? 2. How do I use The Creative Curriculum System effectively in my preschool classroom?

    Outcomes By the end of the session, participants will have:

    Discussed key points of effective curriculum. Identified the parts of the progressions for learning and development. Had hands-on exploration of the components of The Creative Curriculum System for Preschool.

    Provisioning/Materials

    Per Table Blank Copy Paper Markers Highlighters Index Cards Computer & Internet Access

    Pens, pencils Post-it Poster Paper Tape Access to the Sure Start Program e-Guide via internet

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    Set Up

    Have all files downloaded to the desktop or a DVD in advance. This includes the power point presentation, and all references used during this training. Rationale the internet may not be available from the work station you are using during this training.

    Check the videos embedded on specific slides to assure they play properly and the volume is adjusted appropriately.

    Make ALL copies See Handout Section of this document.

    Set up the room to assure your audience can work with an elbow partner and in a small group.

    On the table, have the blank copy paper, highlighters, markers, stickers and poster paper.

    You will need to determine how you will distribute copies throughout the training depending on the size of your group.

    You will need to set up a Parking Lot at the front of the room.

    LINK TO ACCESS THE TRAINING MATERIALS Please click the link below to access the Sure Start Program professional Development website.

    https://content.dodea.edu/teach_learn/curriculum/ece/sure_start/training/index.html

    ADDITIONAL TRAINING MATERIALS Participants should have access to the DSO set of The Creative Curriculum System for Preschool.

    Facilitators may want to refer to Guide to The Creative Curriculum System for Preschool for additional information (included with the system).

    https://content.dodea.edu/teach_learn/curriculum/ece/sure_start/training/index.html

  • 3 | FACILITATORS GUIDE: CREATIVE CURRICULUM FOR NEW TEACHERS

    Slide Delivery Slide Number Presenter Time Script (Notes in PPT) Resources

    Screenshot of the slide Slide # Name Hours/Minutes Notes, directions, key points HOs, videos

    1 1 minute

    Title slide: The Creative Curriculum System for Preschool The Creative Curriculum System for Preschool is the DODEA adopted curriculum for all DoDEA Sure Start programs

    2 3 minutes

    Learning Objectives Become familiar with The Creative Curriculum

    System for Preschool. Define effective, engaging curriculum for young

    children. Identify the parts of the progressions for

    development and learning. Practice using the System components.

    3 0 minutes

    Transition Slide System Over view

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    Slide Number Presenter Time Script (Notes in PPT) Resources Screenshot of the slide Slide # Name Hours/Minutes Notes, directions, key points HOs, videos

    4 5 minutes

    Key Points: The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum designed to help educators at all levels of experience plan and implement a developmentally appropriate, content-rich program for children with diverse backgrounds and skill levels. The WHAT and WHY are explained in the 5 volumes which are THE FOUNDATION that build teachers professional knowledge of best practice. Vol 1- The Foundation Vol 2- Interest Areas Vol 3- Literacy Vol 4- Mathematics Vol 5- Objectives for Development and Learning: Birth through Kindergarten. The HOW is provided in the step-by-step guidance found in the Daily Reources. Daily Resources:

    10 Teaching Guides: o Beginning the Year o Clothes Study o Balls Study o Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Study o Trees Study o Building Study o Road Study o Exercise Study o Boxes Study o Getting Ready for Kindergarten

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    Slide Number Presenter Time Script (Notes in PPT) Resources Screenshot of the slide Slide # Name Hours/Minutes Notes, directions, key points HOs, videos

    Intentional Teaching Cards (called Intentional

    Teaching Experiences in TSG) Book Discussion Cards Childrens Book Collections E-book collection Mighty Minutes

    5 2 minutes

    NAEYCs definition of curriculum: The curriculum consists of knowledge, skills, abilities and understandings children are to acquire and the plans for learning experiences through which those gains will occur.

    6 3 minutes

    Key Points: This is the curricular framework that is the

    foundation for Creative Curriculum. This provides the essential components of teaching

    preschool children effectively and is grounded in research and theory.

    Each of the five components are covered in Volume 1: The Foundation.

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    Slide Number Presenter Time Script (Notes in PPT) Resources Screenshot of the slide Slide # Name Hours/Minutes Notes, directions, key points HOs, videos

    7 5 minutes

    Notes: How Children Develop and Learn: Volumes 1 & 5 Volume 1, Chapter 1: Discusses what preschool children are like and their individual differences to build knowledge base for planning your program, selecting material and guiding learning. Volume 5: Objectives for Development and Learning (ODLs): There are 38 objectives on a progression for all children birth through kindergarten, including two related to English language acquisition. These standards are research based, highly predictive of future school success and are reflective of widely accepted early learning standards The organization of Volume 5 includes areas of development and learning overview for each area, research foundation page, progression of development and learning and strategies for promoting childrens learning. KEY POINTS:

    The Objectives for Development and Learning are the DoDEA College and Career Ready Standards for Preschool. (CCRSP)

    Teaching Strategies GOLD online portfolio and assessment system is directly aligned to the curriculum.

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    Slide Number Presenter Time Script (Notes in PPT) Resources Screenshot of the slide Slide # Name Hours/Minutes Notes, directions, key points HOs, videos

    8 2 minutes

    Progressions of Development and Learning are : Predictable, not rigid Overlapping Uneven Interrelated

    The ODL progression spans from birth to kindergarten. The colors are for each of life and kindergarten. The color bands show you at a glance what is typical for children in that age range.

    9 5 minutes

    Key Points: Knowing and understanding the progressions allow you to easily scaffold childrens learning. In volume 5, the Objectives for Development and Learning, the objectives 1-23 will appear like this (on screen). The following objectives address: Objectives 1-3 Social-Emotional Objectives 4-7 Physical (fine & gross motor) Objectives 8-10 Language Objectives 11-14 Cognitive Objectives 15-19 Literacy Objective 20-23 Mathematics Each objective has the following (noted by the blue arrows): Objective Dimension

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    Levels Indicators Examples Widely Held Expectations Objectives 24-36 are broader and communicate how to focus your observations in these areas. Objectives 24-28 Science and Technology Objectives 29-32 Social Studies Objectives 33-36 The Arts Objectives 37-38 English Language Acquisition

    10 5 minutes

    Notes:

    The second component of The Creative Curriculum Framework is the learning environment: the use and organization of the space in your classroom and outdoors, the structure you provide each day and the plans you develop.

    A well-organized classroom helps children make choices, encourages them to use materials well, and teaches them to take increasing responsibility for maintaining the classroom. A well-balanced daily schedule gives children a sense of security and your plan enables you to plan for each day. (The Creative Curriculum for Preschool- Vol 1)

    Overview of Setting up and Maintaining the Classroom, Establishing Structure for Each Day, and Planning Each Week

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    Sample schedules

    Volume 2: Interest Areas: The Creative Curriculum for Preschool requires a physical space be subdivided into Interest Areas.

    There are 10 Interest Areas: Blocks Dramatic Play Toys and Games Art Library Discovery Sand and water Music and Movement (can be incorporated into the large group area if space is limited) Cooking Computers (optimally should be to incorporate into other interest areas)

    KEY POINT:

    All interest areas should have books and writing materials

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    Slide Number Presenter Time Script (Notes in PPT) Resources Screenshot of the slide Slide # Name Hours/Minutes Notes, directions, key points HOs, videos

    11 5 minutes

    Facilitate discussion around this question. What key things do you notice about the physical environment?

    12 5 minutes

    Facilitate discussion: What message is sent by the environment displayed in each of these pictures? How do you think children will respond in these environments? Possible answers/points:

    1. I belong here. 2. I can find what I need or want to play with. 3. Theres no respect for my privacyI dont feel

    safe or secure here. 4. This is messy, I dont think I want to paint here. 5. My culture is valued. I can see my work. 6. Cozy, inviting reading area. I want to read a

    book here. 7. This is messy, and I dont know where to put the

    blocks when Im finished. 8. This looks like my house. Its inviting and my

    family is on the wall.

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    Slide Number Presenter Time Script (Notes in PPT) Resources Screenshot of the slide Slide # Name Hours/Minutes Notes, directions, key points HOs, videos

    13 5 minutes

    Notes: What Children Learn is the third component of The Creative Curriculum framework. It covers what preschool children learn in the content areas of literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts and technology. Chapter 3 of The Foundation describes the body of knowledge included in each content area and the process skills children use to gain that knowledge. It also explains how teachers integrate learning and make it meaningful to children by engaging them in studying topics of interest.

    Volumes 3 & 4 focus specifically on Literacy and Mathematics The ODL/CCRSP are aligned to College and Career Ready Standards for kindergarten.

    14 5 minutes

    Notes: Caring and Teaching chapter 4 in Volume 1 emphases the classroom community, positive guidance, intentional and responsive teaching, and assessing childrens learning. Caring and teaching go hand and hand in promoting children's social-emotional skills, helping children to become competent, enthusiastic learners and ensuring that they our students have a positive school experiences. Partnering with Families is not only in The Creative Curriculum framework but also one of the Sure Start program standards. It is important for school and home to be connected in positive and respectful way so that

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    Slide Number Presenter Time Script (Notes in PPT) Resources Screenshot of the slide Slide # Name Hours/Minutes Notes, directions, key points HOs, videos

    children feel safe and secure. Building partnerships with parents shows the importance and value of the familys role in the childs education. Chapter 5 in The Foundation address getting to know families, making families feel welcome, communicating with families, involving families in the program and responding to challenging situations. There is also a CD titled FAMILY CONNECTIONS that has Learning Games to share with families. There are also learning games and activities in Teaching Strategies GOLD that can be shared with parents as well.

    15 2 minutes

    Take two minutes to jot down your own ideas/ bullet points surrounding effective curriculum

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    Slide Number Presenter Time Script (Notes in PPT) Resources Screenshot of the slide Slide # Name Hours/Minutes Notes, directions, key points HOs, videos

    16 5 minutes

    Ask each person to reflect on their keys point of effective curriculum. Facilitate a brief discussion around the bullet points above.

    17 3 minutes

    The Daily Resources also known as the Studies Includes: Teaching Guides (10)- Extended studies of a topic Book Discussion Cards- show teachers how to conduct multiple effective read-alouds. (three read) Mighty Minutes- help cut out wasted time with songs, rhymes, games and short activities that make every minute a learning opportunity. Intentional Teaching Cards (ITC)- playful and engaging activities that can be used throughout the day. Coded M=Mathematics, LL=Language and Literacy, SE=Social-Emotional, P=Physical ITC- have a color-coded teaching sequence to meet the needs of all learners Support for English language learners Questions to guide observations

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    18 1 minutes

    The teaching guides provide daily support for the entire school year. DoDEA has purchased 10 studies that teachers may use during the school year in any order. The studies vary in length and teachers will not be able to teach all of the studies in a year. The studies help teachers create a positive classroom community and fill every period of the day with meaningful learning experiences. The plans provided are comprehensive and cover several weeks. Even though the plans are compressive teachers have many opportunities to incorporate their own creativity and expertise.

    19 5 minutes

    Allow teachers to use their choice of a Teaching Guide for viewing as you highlight each part. The Parts of a Study

    Getting Started: Web of Investigation Letters to Families

    Beginning the Study: (as you hig...

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