Faculty-led Inquiry into Reflective and Scholarly Teaching (FIRST)


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Kiewra, Christine. "Reflections on Teaching CYAF 374, Curriculum Planning in Early Childhood Education: A Peer Review of Teaching Portfolio" (2020). UNL Faculty Portfolios, 164. digitalcommons.unl.edu/prtunl/164.


In this course portfolio, I reflect on teaching methods and materials as they relate to course goals and learning outcomes for an undergraduate early childhood education course, CYAF 374. This course offers students a developmental, child-centered approach to designing, implementing, and evaluating learning experiences for children from birth to grade 3. The course is for students who are preparing to teach in Early Childhood, Inclusive Early Childhood, or Primary classrooms. The focus of my reflection and evaluation is on principles of effective teaching practice, experiential learning, reflective practice, and collaboration implemented throughout the course. Finally, I reflect upon successes and challenges in the course and describe plans for future semesters.