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If you’ve found that early childhood students often have difficulty following the rules and routines of the art room, this course will help you to dive deep into a variety of strategies, tools, and methodologies sure to support these young artists in the art classroom. You will investigate a variety of progressive philosophies, including Reggio Emilia, Montessori, and Waldorf as well as techniques for integrating play-based learning and teaching foundational skills. This eight-week intensive course will provide you with innovative opportunities to explore childhood development, create classroom resources, and revamp your philosophy of teaching younger learners.
For the official course description, see the Academic Catalog.
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A sample assignment from Week 4 of the class Rethinking Kindergarten
"I appreciated seeing examples of the Reggio approach in action. This class gave us some great ideas, and then being able to connect with other teachers, seeing their ideas and getting their feedback was priceless!"
"I left this course feeling as though I completed a FULL semester at school and found the assignments to be very relevant, engaging and informative. The layout and timeline of the course allowed us to lead the lives we're supposed to lead outside of work. The grading criteria is accessible in every post and feedback was given promptly. A great experience! "
"This course not only gave food for thought and future development but inspired ideas we could immediately implement and act upon in our classrooms. This is for me a highly valuable outcome of professional development."
Hundreds of art teachers have taken the course Rethinking Kindergarten. Here’s what they actually think — without cherry-picking.
(12-month rolling average from all post-course survey respondents – Updated 2/27/2020)
"THE COURSE CONTENT WAS RELEVANT AND UP-TO-DATE."
"MY INSTRUCTOR PROVIDED VALUE-ADDED CONTRIBUTIONS TO ENHANCE DISCUSSIONS AND ENGAGE STUDENTS."
"I ACHIEVED THE GOALS I SET AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS COURSE."
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