Having a strong foundation in encouraging and guiding young children to learn through play and exploration is an important part of successful intentional teaching. What better way to learn more about the subject than from someone who has been an educator of young preschool children.
That’s what some 21 early childhood (EC) educators did for two days on 21 and 28 April 2017 at the “Harnessing Play For Intentional Teaching’ workshop held in KLCII’s Serangoon campus.
They had the opportunity to deepen their foundation in intentional teaching strategies and practices to promote children’s holistic development from KLCII English Programme lecturer Ms Madhavi Tiwari, who holds a Master of Education degree from the National Institute of Education, NTU, Singapore.
The workshop helped participants to have a better understanding and appreciation of play and exploration in order to set goals and design/modify lesson plans using appropriate strategies to extend children’s exploration and learning.
The participants also learned that intentional teaching can also be serendipitous— as educators can take advantage of unexpected opportunities that arise during lessons to use co-constructing, collaborating, listening, imagining, modeling, negotiating, researching, revisiting and scaffolding approaches.
Ms Tiwari had been a preschool educator working with preschool children ranging from 18 months to 6 year olds. During her career as a teacher she had the opportunity to learn, explore and practice various pedagogies and methodologies such as the Integrated Curriculum Approach; Multiple Intelligence Approach and Project Approach.