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Educational Concepts To Practice In Your Classroom

preschool spanish curriculumThe United States is distinctly behind the rest of the world concerning multilingualism. While two-thirds of children around the rest of the world speaks another language than their own, this is only true of 17% of children in the United States.

Both teaching and learning another language are difficult processes that require classic and innovative educational techniques. You may have developed the most comprehensive elementary Spanish curriculum for children of varying abilities, but it’s all about proper implementation.

Teachers are aware that the best-laid plans in any, say, preschool Spanish curriculum are up against the most unpredictable force in education: children. Theoretical education comes to life in practice, so we’re going to break down a few theories that will positively influence growth.

Differentiation

Proper curricular design should take different learning styles into account. The education buzzword differentiation applies to the simple fact that every student will learn differently; this is especially true of foreign language learning. Whether it’s speed, subject matter presentation, tactile process, or any multiplicity of learning variables, differentiation must be applied in the teaching process. It’s important to note that no learning styles are static. Kids — small humans — change rapidly, so keeping tabs on potential changes in their learning styles are equally vital parts of differentiation.

Experiential Learning

Your preschool Spanish curriculum will fall on the deaf ears of disinterested young students if it has nothing to do with their lives and experiences. Yes, at this age, their experiences are limited, but providing ways to learn through experiences they are familiar with will greatly influence the applicable substance of the learning process. If you’ve ever attempted to deliver a lecture to children, you understand exactly what we mean.

Flipped Classroom

One of the more complex ideas that requires discipline as a learning community, the flipped classroom stands to bring the process of teaching and learning into the hands of the students. Sending them home with material to read and providing an “entry ticket” to enter the classroom discussion upon their return places a level of responsibility on them as active learners. This requires a complex level of instructional design and teachers greatly understanding their students, but when implemented properly, it can be exceptionally successful.

One size never fits all in education. The same applies here. These theories are viable and excellent when well practiced, but the beauty of education lies in the inherent diversity of young learners.

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