Consider how children experience your schedule
In the opening video for this competency, you were introduced to the idea of "untiming the curriculum." Reading about this teacher research project could inspire you to see what would happen in your own setting if you took your watches and clocks away.
Remembering that research suggests children don't engage in the deeper complex play of learning until they are engaged for at least 40 minutes, assess whether you are interrupting children's learning by segmenting your schedule into small blocks of time. Try this approach to assessing the children's experience of your schedule.
Write down your daily schedule, including the times, routines, and activities you follow with the children. Then, assign one of three colors to each of the following categories. Use them to color-code your schedule as follows:
- 1st color: Teacher chooses and directs what happens
- 2nd color: Children and teachers negotiate the focus of what happens
- 3rd color: Children choose and engage in self-directed activities.
Now, add up the total time allocated for each of these colors. What does this information tell you? Adapted from Curtis and Carter, Learning Together with Young Children (2008).
Consider what changes you could make in your schedule to provide a more enriching social environment for children's play and learning? Discuss these ideas with your colleagues. Together, devise a plan to put your ideas into action.
View a summary of Child Centered Schedules.