Gary Atias

The University of New Mexico Taos

Unit 1

Classroom Design

Directions: For this lesson, you will learn the basic concepts of classroom design and then design your own classroom. First, click on my PowerPoint presentation to read about the critical elements & considerations of classroom design. Then, check out the “Recommended Links” below to get other professional perspectives on classroom design.

Once you have a feel for the basic concepts of classroom design, click on my web video to watch my demonstration of how you can use to design your own virtual classroom.

Finally, click on the link to and design your own classroom. The sample classroom that I created is very basic and not very creative or imaginative. I would expect yours to be much more interesting. When you have finished, print out your room and attach it to a 2-4 page paper that describes why you chose your design, as well as any other elements it would contain that are not necessarily visible in your floor-plan.

Have fun creating!



Unit 2

Stages of Play

Directions: In this lesson, we will learn about the stages of play and begin developing our skills for observing and documenting the play of young children. First, click on my PowerPoint presentation to learn about the four stages of play; solitary, associative, parallel & cooperative. Then, check out the “Recommended Links” below which give additional perspectives on the stages of play as well as research data on the importance of play.

Next, open and print the 3-page “Video Observation Form”. This can be done at UNM if necessary. The first 2 pages are divided into 12 boxes, one for each 30 second segment in the videos. Use one form for each video. The videos themselves are labeled in 30 second segments to align with your observations. Don’t worry if your observations are not perfectly aligned, but staying close will aid our discussions. The third page of the form is for your summary, questions & comments.

Start with the infant video linked, watching it once or twice, being observant, but not writing anything down. When you believe that you have a good “feel” for the video, watch it at least one more time, writing down the stage indicators you see in the behaviors of all children present in the corresponding box on your Video Observation Form. Remember that it is possible for a child to demonstrate behaviors from more than one stage at different times. Feel free to include any interesting behaviors you see of children in the background. Continue to note your observations until the video ends.

Repeat this process again for the toddler video and the pre-school video. Be prepared to discuss your observations in class.


Video Observation Form


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Unit 3

Speech Development and Emergent Literacy

Directions: In this lesson, we will learn about the important elements of promoting emergent speech and literacy. We will also practice interesting ways of sharing this information with parents, who often have anxiety about this development.

Step 1: Watch my Oscar-winning animated video (just kidding) linked on speech & literacy development. This has a lot of factual information and provides an example of a novel way of sharing this information. Then check out the “Recommended Links” below which also contain a wealth of knowledge on this topic. Your text book has a lot of good information too and I can loan you other supplemental books if you desire.

Step 2: Create some type of multimedia presentation to share with parents what you consider the most relevant and useful information. Possibilities include a poster, brochure, website or video for parents that will help them better understand the concepts of emergent speech and print literacy. Depending on your choice, I might be able to offer you some technical assistance. Make this as exciting, colorful and aesthetically pleasing as you can. Remember to reference your sources (including my video) on your finished product.

Try to have fun with this!


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