Once a research question has been developed and agreed upon in the mentoring process, it is time to make meaning of documentation and strategize for curriculum and teaching. The purpose of the assignment this week is to construct a tool to help the teacher see how alignment or connection of these three big areas is the key to positive child outcomes. This form can be used to guide the coaching process and should be flexible enough to be used in parts only, for short-term or for long-term goals, observation, and for learning experiences. The power of coaching is partnering with teachers where they are. This requires and assessment of their knowledge and experience and the developmentally appropriate addition of skills to their repertoire.
After reading chapter six refer to Appendix A (at the end of the chapter), create your own version of this form tailoring it for use at the program you currently work at or an early childhood program you would like to eventually work with (i.e. Head Start, state-funded childcare, infant program, home day care, etc.). Make sure you capture all the elements of sections one, two, and three. Additionally, create your own section (numbered four) that will be inspired by an outside source (i.e. program evaluation tool, instructional resource, etc.). See figure 6.1 for more ideas for your designed section.
The Curriculum Planning Form
Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.