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New teacher Tools – Portfolio and Brain Train tool box

on February 8, 2015

IMG_2797 IMG_2800 IMG_2798 IMG_2796 IMG_2793I made a tool boxes and portfolio packets to help new Preschool teachers in my community, it comes with a BRAIN TRAIN booklet full of cheap and simple ideas. It all seems so easy to me , but these teachers use it as it relates to their teaching ideas, it is like being in a teacher support group.  The PORTFOLIO is full of teaching lesson plan ideas that relate to early learning standards in Arizona and NAEYC. The Brain Train booklet is a booklet of fun ideas for parties and holidays.  All are supplemental pieces for your classroom. With the certification of Early Childhood teachers   state standardization, teaching preschool  has become more developmentally appropriate and difficult. Between assessments, academics, developmental ISSUES, the preschool teacher is often overwhelmed.  We need tools that help us focus on teaching the young child NOT mastering paperwork.  Teaching the young child, if done correctly becomes a satisfying achievement.  I put a couple of example pages, the children can see the pictures and understand the task. They think they are reading, and they are- from pictures. I put fill water bottles with colored water and let the children make their own imagination bottle- pipe cleaners, beads, glitter, sequins, and so on- then the children color copy it into the portfolio.  It is an easy science experiment- the children often pour colors together to make  new colors with funnels. It can be extended for several developmentally tasks and learning concepts.  The portfolio is a progressive sampling of the child’s work throughout the year.

Best book to read to understand child development, milestones and  early childhood education:

“DEVELOPMENTMENTALLY APPROPRIATE PRACTICE”, in Early Childhood Programs serving children birth through age 8

third edition, by Carol Copple and Sue Bredekamp

Every preschool teacher should use this book and understand the developmentally milestones.


One response to “New teacher Tools – Portfolio and Brain Train tool box

  1. Robin Patch says:

    Yes, I understand your perspectives about Developmentally Appropriate Education, however the ONE key piece of information you didn’t consider is that all teaching strategies need to be connected to your STATE EARLY LEARNING STANDARDS. Many states don’t have any early learning standards in place for teachers to understand, follow and recognize as valuable foundations to teach the young learner. Arizona has developed a comprehensive standard that can be looked at as a broad perspective or a microcosm of teaching lessons. My portfolio is liked into the Arizona Early Learning Standards strands and concepts. Each page aligns the child with universal norms, shows yearly progression, and promotes advanced thinking. Grasp is required, prewriting skill and alphabet knowledge is promoted. Word comprehension is taught though reading, phenomes, word chunking. All my students write their names, know the alphabet out of context, recognize many words, have scientific knowledge, and many are bilingual. I do not hold my students back using DAP I advance them- combining standards, visualization, megacognition, Social Emotional strength and logical thinking. I am in a private school and have full range to develop the strongest curriculum available to promote a high level of thinking. Thanks for reading!

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