Unit 1 DB: Piaget, Vygotsky, Teacher Role and Lesson Structure
Piaget and Vygotsky are two prominent names in child development theory. Their research resulted in significant applicable theories that we can apply to our work with children. When we plan experiences for children in our classrooms, it is wise to consider the impact of these educational theories and our roles as teachers.
In preparation for this discussion, review the Unit readings and resources, including the materials about Piaget and Vygotsky. For your initial post, select two theories from Vygotsky’s work (e.g., scaffolding, cultural tools, and the zone of proximal development), and describe each theory in your own words.
For each theory, describe a STEM-related scenario of the theory’s application in an early childhood classroom setting (e.g., a lesson, activity, or experience). Your scenarios can be based on your own experience as a teacher or an early childhood classroom scenario that you imagine. In each of your scenarios, discuss whether it aligns more with a naturalistic, informal, or structured lesson plan, and why? Also, discuss the role that the teacher’s disposition has on student achievement in your scenarios.