Using What We Know : Applying Piaget's Developmental Theory

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  • The opening line of this upbeat program is "Teaching is both an art and a science." Filmed in three disparate but remarkable classrooms, the video illustrates how effective learning takes place when teachers combine their knowledge of child development, subject matter, and cognitive psychology. The three teachers combine music and graphic arts with reading, writing, and mathematics lessons in order to fully engage their students' minds.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on August 31, 2011.
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  • Opening Credits and Introduction: Teaching: Art & Science (3:21) -- Developmentally Appropriate Practice (2:20) -- Learning Environment (1:35) -- Physical Environment (2:13) -- Classroom Organization (1:35) -- Classroom Leadership - Students (2:02) -- Classroom Leadership - Parents (1:29) -- Classroom Size and Diversity (2:24) -- Cooperative & Multi-Age Learning Groups (2:39) -- Fluency Precedes Accuracy (2:54) -- Children Process Information Differently at Each Stage of Development (3:13) -- Horizontal Elaboration Precedes Vertical Integration (2:59) -- Documentation of the Child's Work is the Best Assessment (2:07) -- Summary & Conclusion (1:00) -- Credits: Using What We Know: Applying Piaget's Developmental Theory (1:52)
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