EDU 338 EDU338 Week 2 Discussion 1 and 2

EDU 338 EDU338 Week 2 Discussion 1 and 2

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EDU 338 Week 2 Discussion 1 and 2

Participate in the following discussions:

1. 1st Posting Due by Day 3. Socio-Emotional Development and Learning.

“Learning and development are interrelated from the child’s very first day of life”

–Lev Vygotsky

After watching the video, Vygotsky’s Developmental Theory: An Introduction, and reading the Bodrova article, “Vygotsky and Montessori: One Dream, Two Visions,” reflect on your own educational experiences and insights. With that in mind, address the following:

  1. Describe the interrelated nature of socio-emotional development and learning.
  2. Explain your understanding of the role of peer interactions in young children’s learning.

c. Discuss examples of how a preschool teacher or social/mental health worker can foster opportunities for children to help one another, work together, persist through a task, and learn together from and with one another.

Guided Response: Read and respond to two of your classmates’ postings. Discuss how their suggestions for fostering opportunities for children to learn from one another enhanced your own understanding of social- emotional learning.

2. 1st Posting Due by Day 3. Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development. After reading Chapter Four of the course text and watching the videos Growing Minds: Cognitive Development in Early Childhood and Using What We Know: Applying Piaget's Developmental Theory in Primary Classrooms read the following scenarios. Keeping in mind this week’s readings and videos, as well as your experiences, respond to one of the two scenarios.

Scenario 1.

Scenario 2.

Kevin is a four-year-old in your preschool class or mental health organization. He enjoys building with blocks for long periods each day. Kevin’s mom worries that he plays too much and has asked you to teach him math and language or socialization skills. Drawing on Piaget’s work, how can you respond in a supportive and informative manner to this parent why block building is an important part of learning and development? Are there any suggestions you could make to the parents for working with Kevin at home?

Emily is a nine-month-old baby in your infant program. She has always transitioned easily in the morning. Recently, you have observed several clues that she has achieved object permanence. She has begun to fuss and cry when separating from her parents each morning and they are concerned she is no longer happy in your program. You feel the separation issues are a result of her recent acquisition of object permanence. How can you respond to these parents’ concerns sensitively and explain this stage of development? Are there any suggestions you could make to the parents for working with Emily at home?

Guided Response: Read and respond to two of your classmates’ postings. Explain how their respective postings will be of assistance to you in your own communication with parents. 


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