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Overview

For this Performance Task, you will design, implement, and evaluate  at least 3 learning experiences/lesson plans that are part of an  integrated unit of study in your field experience setting. When you have  completed your field activities, review the directions on the Field  Experience Verification and Evaluation Form, send it to your Host  Teacher to complete, and submit it along with your assessment.

Professional Skills: Written Communication and  Applied and Collaborative Learning  are assessed in this Competency.

Your response to this Performance Task should reflect the criteria provided in the Rubric and adhere to the required length.

This Assessment requires submission of six files: your Unit Plan  Template, three Learning Experience Plan Templates, your Host Teacher  Evaluation Form, and your Reflection Questions. Save your files as  follows:

 

Instructions

Before submitting your Assessment, carefully review the rubric. This  is the same rubric the assessor will use to evaluate your submission and  it provides detailed criteria describing how to achieve or master the  Competency. Many students find that understanding the requirements of  the Assessment and the rubric criteria help them direct their focus and  use their time most productively.

Note: For this  Performance Task Assessment, you are required to draw from not only the  resources for the Topics but also your experiences, observations, and  Host Teacher and other professionals who work in your field setting.  Your conversations with these professionals and your observations in the  setting are essential to the successful completion of the Assessment.  For additionally information, review the  BSECS Field Experience Handbook.

Access the following to complete this Assessment:

Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating Meaningful Learning Experiences

For this Competency, you will be working with your Host Teacher as  well as drawing from the resources to design, implement, and evaluate at  least 3 learning experiences that integrate content areas and support  the focus of an integrated Unit. The content areas you will be  integrating are language arts, social studies, math, science, physical  education and health, and the creative arts. You are required to  integrate at least two content areas in each of the learning experiences  you design, and include all of the content areas at least once across  the three experiences you develop. You are also required to collaborate  with your Host Teacher as much as possible and then reflect on each of  the learning experiences afterwards as well as your experience as a  whole.

Aside from those specifics, your goals are to:

  • Build on children’s interests
  • Create developmentally appropriate experiences
  • Engage in meaningful learning with the children

To complete this Performance Task:

  • Meet with your Host Teacher and working as collaboratively as possible:
    • Share the goals and the components of the Assessment
    • Discuss the Unit Plan template, and your Host Teacher's experiences  with integrated learning and unit planning. Begin to formulate the focus  of your unit based on children's interests and goals of the classroom.
    • Review and discuss the Learning Experience Template. Ask for your  Host Teacher's help and input in deciding on and designing learning  experiences that integrate content areas, provide child-centered,  developmentally appropriate experiences, and support the focus of the  unit
    • Make a timeline together for checking in with your Host Teacher on  the development of your learning experiences and when you are going to  be implementing them with the children
  • Complete the Unit Plan Template:
    • Explain why you chose the focus of the Unit and the ways it builds  on children's interests and supports the goals of the classroom
    • Explain the structure of the unit, i.e., how you plan to integrate  at least two content areas in each of the 3 learning experiences and  ensure that you are including each of the six content areas at least  once
  • Complete at least 3 Learning Experience Templates:
    • Design at least 3 integrated learning experiences
    • Implement your learning experiences in your field experience setting
  • Review the directions on the Field Experience Verification and  Evaluation Form, complete Section I and send it to your Host Teacher to  complete the remaining sections. Submit the completed from with your  assessment.
  • Complete the Reflection Questions:
    • Review the Reflection section of each of the Learning Experiences
    • Evaluate your experience of designing and implementing integrated  learning experiences with young children by completing the Reflection  Questions

Learning Experience Plan Template

Note: You are required to design and implement at least 3 child-centered learning experiences as part of a unit, integrating at least two content areas in each of the learning experiences and incorporating all of the content areas at least once across the experiences you develop. The content areas you will be integrating are language arts, social studies, math, science, physical education and health, and the creative arts.

Learning Experience Title:

Foundations

Content Areas

Identify at least two content areas you will be integrating in this learning experience:

Developmental Domains

Briefly explain how this learning experience will support growth and learning in at least two developmental domains:

Learning Goals in Context

Briefly describe your goal(s) or desired outcome(s) of the learning experience for this particular group of children, as they align with at least one standard/strand/or theme for each of the content areas:

Materials/Technology/Equipment/Resources

List texts, websites, writing/art supplies, props/artifacts, assistive technology, computer software, Internet resources, audio/visual media, and other tools and materials needed for this experience:

Learning Experience Sequence Align all activities with the standard(s), goal(s), and context.

Introduction/Anticipatory Set

Explain initial teacher-and-child activities that establish a warm connection and capture children’s attention by answering the following:

· How will you draw children into the experience, capture their attention, and make them feel connected and included?

· How will you relate the lesson to children’s interests, prior knowledge, and families/communities?

Building/Applying Knowledge and Skills

Explain specifically, in a step-by-step fashion, what you and the children will be doing in this learning experience. Make sure the experience is meaningful, developmentally appropriate, and supports your goal(s). Keep in mind the specific content areas and developmental domains you have identified as relevant to the learning experience.

Explain how the experience may be differentiated to meet the needs of individual children, including children with exceptionalities. Give specific examples related to particular children in the classroom that you observed.

Assessment

Assessment is the process by which early childhood professionals gain an understanding of children’s ongoing development and learning. Explain strategies you will use to assess children’s learning. Consider how you will:

· Utilize and document observations to assess children’s learning.

· Make sure all assessments are aligned with your goal(s) for the lesson.

· Create an accurate record of children’s performance and share the record with your host teacher (and with families, if appropriate and approved by the host teacher).

Closure

Closure is taking time to wrap up the experience by summarizing, reviewing, and/or reflecting with the children on the learning that has taken place.

· Explain the approach(es)/strategy(ies) you will use in the closure of your learning experience: (1–2 paragraphs)

Reflection

Critical reflection is an essential part of continuous improvement. Reflect on the planning, designing, and implementation of this learning experience. What worked well, what adjustments did you make, how did children respond, and what evidence do you have of their learning. Consider what you would do differently next time and what you would like to do to follow up on this learning experience. Think about how to involve families and others to support children’s development and learning. Ask your Host Teacher for his/her comments/feedback. Then summarize your reflection. (You will draw on these summaries when you complete the final Reflection Questions for this Assessment.)

(1–2 paragraphs)

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Unit Plan Template

Unit Focus/Title:

Explain why you chose the focus of the Unit and the ways it builds on children’s interests and supports the goals of the classroom. (2-3 paragraphs)

Unit Structure

Explain the structure of the unit, i.e., how you plan to integrate at least two content areas in each of the 3 learning experiences and ensure that you are including each of the six content areas at least once. The content areas you will be integrating are language arts, social studies, math, science, physical education and health, and the creative arts. (2-3 paragraphs)