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ECE366 ­ Early Childhood Learning Environments COURSE SYLLABUS: Spring 2011

Instructor: Mrs. Shelly Dyer, M.Ed. Office Location: Bain Center, Navarro Campus Office Hours: by appointment Office Phone: Cell ­ 903-654-0259 Office Fax: University Email Address: (temporary) [email protected] COURSE INFORMATION Materials ­ Textbooks, Readings, Supplementary Readings: Textbook(s) Required: Marjorie J. Kostelnik, Anne K. Soderman, & Alice Phipps Whiren, (2011). Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum (Fifth Edition). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. ISBN 13: 978-0-13-703553-3 Course Description: This course examines developmentally appropriate practices for early childhood programs including children 3-8 years old. Students will study the early childhood environment incorporating space, grouping, materials, schedules, and activities. Students will also explore curriculum and the six developmental domains.

Student Learning Outcomes:

1. The student will recognize and explain developmentally appropriate practices as presented in the textbook and instruction. 2. The student will evaluate early childhood centers for developmentally appropriate practices. This will include meeting for class at assigned centers. 3. The student will develop an early childhood model classroom along with a schedule and sample activities. The student will support their plan in a written format. 4. The student will develop a thematic unit including an integrated curriculum. 5. The student will be an active participant in discussions, course activities, presentations of assignments, and evaluations.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS Instructional / Methods / Activities Assessments

1. Attendance is necessary. As soon as students know of an upcoming absence, notify the instructor. Assignments due on the date of absence must be turned in before the class begins. 2. Read the assigned chapters before class meetings. 3. Complete and turn in all assignments on time. This includes quizzes, exams, written reflections, projects, and other assignments as directed by instructor. 4. All written assignments must be typed. They will be completed in 12 point Times New Roman font using APA format. Please refer to the following website for information regarding APA

format. er/resousces.aspx Reflection papers will be no less than 200 words.

Grading A=90-100% B=80-89% C=70-79%


F=0-59% 10% 20% 10% 10% 10% 20% 20%

Attendance, Participation, Preparedness Written Reflections Midterm Final Quizzes Early Childhood Room Design Project Thematic Unit Project


*Internet Connection ­ High Speed (No dial up) *Microsoft Office Word 2003 or more recent *Access to University library (online) *Access to email


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COMMUNICATION AND SUPPORT Interaction with Instructor Statement:

I may be reached by phone or emails outside of class meetings. I teach in a public school, therefore I cannot respond to phone messages until after 3:50 Monday-Friday. If you have any questions or need clarification about assignments, please ask as soon as possible .


Attendance ­ Arrive on time to all class meetings. Be prepared to remain in class until dismissed. If there is as need for an absence, please notify the instructor before the class meeting time. The student will be responsible for class work missed. Assignments will be expected to be turned in before the absence. 2. Cell Phones ­ Cell phones must be turned to silent, and there will be no texting during class. Cell phones may be needed at times during class to answer online surveys as assigned by instructor. 3. Assignments ­ Assignments are due at the beginning of each class. Deductions of 10 points for each day late will be given. 1.

University Specific Procedures:

Student Conduct and Integrity Students will be respectful to instructor and peers. Students are responsible for reading the Code of Student Conduct in the University's Student Guide Handbook. University policies will be followed.

Academic Honesty Policy Texas A&M University-Commerce does not tolerate plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty. Conduct that violates generally accepted standards of academic honesty is defined as academic dishonesty. "Academic dishonesty" includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism (the appropriation or stealing of the ideas or words of another and passing them off as one's own), cheating on exams or other course assignments, collusion (the unauthorized collaboration with others in preparing course assignments), and abuse (destruction, defacing, or removal) of resource material. More information about plagiarism may be found on the following sites:

ADA Statement The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact: Office of Student Disability Resources and Services Texas A&M University-Commerce Gee Library 132 Phone (903) 886-5150 or (903) 886-5835 Fax (903) 468-8148 [email protected] Student Disability Resources & Services Student Conduct All students enrolled at the University shall follow the tenets of common decency and acceptable behavior conducive to a positive learning environment. (See Code of Student Conduct from Student Guide Handbook).


Class Dates January 19, 2011

Chapter & Topic Introductions and syllabus What does and Early Childhood environment look like to you?

Assignment Due

January 26, 2011

Chapters 1&2 Developmentally Appropriate Practice Teaching and Learning Chapters 3&4 Small Group Activities Whole Group Activities Website share

Read chapters 1&2

February 2, 2011

Read chapters 3&4 Find websites designed for early childhood and prepare to share. Read chapters 5&6 Written reflection due for chapters 1-5 Read chapters 7&8 Quiz chapters 7&8

February 9, 2011

Chapters 5&6 Organizing Space, Materials , and Time Child Guidance Child care center evaluation. (Meet at assigned child care center at 5:00.) Chapters 7&8 Authentic Assessment Family Engagement Child care center evaluation. (Meet at assigned child care center at 5:00.) Discuss observations from child care centers. Presentations of early childhood room designs, schedules, 3 sample activities, and supporting paper Midterm exam chapters 1-8

February 16, 2011

February 23, 2011

Observation notes from child care visit.

March 2, 2011

Early childhood room design projects.

March 9, 2011

Study notes from chapters 1-8.

March 16, 2011

Spring Break ­ No Class

March 23, 2011

Chapters 9&10 Aesthetic Domain Affective Domain

Read chapters 9&10.

March 30, 2011

Chapters 11&12 Cognitive Domain Language Domain

Read chapters 11&12. Quiz chapters 9-12

April 6, 2011

Chapter 13&14 Physical Domain Social Domain

Read chapters 13&14 Written reflection chapters 914

April 13, 2011

Chapter 15&16 Integrating the Curriculum

Read chapters 15&16

April 20, 2011

Class time for discussion of Integrated Thematic Units.

Bring written brainstorming ideas of lessons and activities for thematic unit.

April 27, 2011

Presentations of Integrated Thematic Unit Projects

Complete thematic unit projects.

May 4, 2011

Chapters 1-16 test review Question & answer session.

Review notes from chapters 116.

May 11, 2011

Final Exam

***Disclaimer ­ The instructor reserves the right to make changes to the schedule of the class. Any alterations will be announced in class. Students who are absent will be responsible for contacting the instructor or peers for changes.


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