Monday, November 30, 2009

Pre-K Technology Applications TEKS

In summarizing the Pre-K Technology Applications TEKS for Kindergarten I thought I would paste in a few of my personal highlights.

1."Families are a child’s first and most important teachers. They represent perhaps the single most influential factor in their children’s development. While curricula, educators, and early care settings all contribute significantly to children’s learning and development, the fact remains that prekindergarten programs cannotafford to overlook the important impact that families have on their children."-REVISED TEXAS PREKINDERGARTEN GUIDELINES TEKS 2008.
Wow! This is great that it is posted right up front on the TEKS for Pre-K Technology in the introduction. If you wish to see further detail check the link here at
As a Secondary educator it is often too easy to forget the crucial developmental stages everyone goes through. Some of us are lucky to have good parenting and family or guardian support others not so much.
2."Teachers individualize instruction to facilitate children’s developmental progress."-Pre-K TEKS for Kindergarten 2008.
This sounds very familiar to me. I bet it does to you too!
3. Gradual Release Model
1. Teacher models, demonstrates
and thinks out loud.
Child watches.
2. Teacher does task.
Child helps.
3. Child does task.
Teacher helps.
4. Child completes task
Teacher watches.
(Pearson and Gallagher, 1983)-Pre-K TEKS for Kindergarten 2008.
The above model is a beautiful common sense approach to how we learn. Is it not?
4. Some more tips that sound familair in my PLC training. Keep in mind to get this done we have to manage those precious variables TIME-LEARNING if done properly it equals SUCCESS! Nobody said it was easy though. Flexible and creative scheduling and tutorial and enrichment times can do wonders though!
• Provides the teacher the opportunity to individualize instruction and meet special needs.
Small groups:
• Allows children more opportunity for talking,
• Provides the teacher opportunity for scaffolding, and
• Encourages hands‐on activities and child discovery.
Large groups:
• Build a sense of community, and
• Set the stage for the introduction of themes, information about new concepts, and review.


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