What is the recipe of high quality?
- Effective and evidence-based curriculum
- Teachers trained on implementing the curriculum.
- Teachers who participate in professional development that is aligned with the curriculum.
- Strong relationships between teachers and children and families.
- Positive interactions between teachers and children.
- Teachers as guides and facilitators of learning moving around a classroom engaging children in learning.
What you should see in a high quality program:
- An evidence-based curriculum.
- Social-emotional development integrated into the curriculum.
- Teachers trained on the curriculum.
- Teachers facilitating and guiding the learning as they move throughout the classroom.
- Conversation, dialogue and questions be asked and answered.
- Learning through discovery, investigation and exploration.
- Learning through investigation and critical thinking.
- Child-made art displayed at their eye level.
A high quality program is NOT:
- Minimum health and safety standards with no focus on quality components
- Skill and drill (ditto sheets and coloring pages)
- Adult-made art projects
- Direct instruction of skills and rote memorization of facts
- A place that views children as passive receptacles of knowledge requiring children to: sit still and listen; memorize lists, numbers and colors; and produce answers
- Teachers directing learning through verbal instructions, drill and practice
Learn more about The New E3 School’s high quality approach here.