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8.5: Environment Philosophy
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- What kind of teacher do you want to be?
- What is important to you? What are your values?
- What do you believe about children?
- How do you approach learning? How should the environment be used to support this philosophy?
- How do children learn best? How would you use the environment to support this?
Environment Curriculum Models
- There is a focus on observation and documentation. Teachers routinely take notes, photographs, and video of group discussions and children's play. Each week, teachers meet to discuss their observations, review the documentation, and strive to hear the strongest currents of interest within children's flow of ideas.
- Curricula is child centered, teachers use what they learn to plan activities that are truly based on children's interests This is done to gain insights into children's individual personalities and into child development as a whole, by connecting to the knowledge a child already has.
- Crucial features of this approach include:
- The Three teachers
- The Adult (Teachers are viewed as enthusiastic learners and researchers.)
- The child and peers
- The Environment (The acknowledgment that children learn just as much, if not more, from the environment as they do from the teacher and their peers)