Two discussion post. Minimum 500 words each.
1. How is the teacher-centered learning theory different from child-centered theories described in Chapter 1 of the Tompkins & Rodgers text? How do these different approaches to learning relate to how we teach reading and writing? (chapter 1)
2. Prior to 1970, educators used the term “readiness” to describe a developmental point at which children should begin formal reading and writing instruction. The current perspective, emergent literacy, recognizes that very young children exhibit behaviors that show that literacy is already a part of their lives. What activities capitalize upon a young child’s motivation to read and write? What are ways in which teachers, parents, and guardians can support young learners at each stage of development (emergent, beginner, fluent)? (Chapter 2