Overview For this Performance Task, you will interview your Host Teacher and,  if possible, others associated with the program/school and observe in

   

Overview

For this Performance Task, you will interview your Host Teacher and,  if possible, others associated with the program/school and observe in  the classroom setting in order to analyze:

  • The contextual characteristics of the community, families, and  children who are served in the classroom where you have been placed for  your field experience
  • Strategies and methods utilized by the professional educators to  gain insight into the characteristics of the community, families, and  children they serve
  • How teacher knowledge of this context impacts meaningful learning and teaching experiences

In this Performance-Task Assessment you will investigate and explain  the context of the classroom where you are completing your field  experience for this competency. In addition, you will analyze strategies  for getting to know children and families in an early childhood  classroom and the role of context in meaningful learning and teaching.  Observations in the classroom and interviews with your host teacher and  other professionals in your setting will provide important insights as  you complete this performance task.

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 additional information  regarding the field experience requirements and expectations, please  review the BSECS Field Experience Handbook found on the  BSECS Field Experience Website.

Note: Your BSECS Field Site Information Form is required to be submitted in ML4001 that provides the site details and contact information for your Host Teacher.

Submission Length: 3 comprehensive questions with responses ranging from 3–5 paragraphs in length.

Professional Skills: Written Communication and Inquiry and Analysis are assessed in this Competency.

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.

Access the following to complete this Assessment:

Analyzing Contexts to Support Meaningful Learning and Teaching

Analyzing Your Field Experience Context

  • Arrange a time to meet with your host teacher to discuss the context  for learning and teaching that exists in the classroom where you have  been placed for your field experience. If possible, sit down with an  administrator (building principal or center director) or other  professionals in the building to obtain additional insights. Together,  consider the guiding questions as well as other characteristics and  information that may be relevant.

Note: Keep in mind that  you are seeking information that will help you analyze the context of  the classroom where you are completing your field experience for this  Competency. In addition, as part of this Competency, you will be  analyzing strategies for getting to know children and families in an  early childhood classroom and the role of context in meaningful learning  and teaching. Observations in the classroom and interviews with your  host teacher and other professionals in your setting will provide  important insights as you complete this Performance Task Assessment.

  • Complete your discussions/observation/interview with your Host  Teacher and any other helpful professionals in your field experience  setting using the Analyzing Contexts to Support Meaningful Learning and  Teaching: Teacher Interview as your guide.
  • Complete the Analyzing Contexts to Support Meaningful Learning and Teaching: Assessment Questions.

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