All resources in Bakersfield College

Early Childhood Environments: Designing Effective Classrooms

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This Module, a DEC-recommended resource, offers information on how to set up effective inclusive early childhood classroom environments for young children. It also provides details about the interrelated physical, social, and temporal components of those environments, as well as adaptations to help teachers meet the needs of children with disabilities (est. completion time: 1 hour).

Material Type: Module

Preschool Learning Standards and Guidelines

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This course is designed to early childhood education professionals with the knowledge and skills to teach each content area according to the preschool learning guidelines, or state standards. This module as part of the course on the preschool learning experiences will explain each part of the standard and give examples of how to teach the standard within an integrated curriculum. Through presentations, online resources, readings, and assignments students will gain knowledge of the components of each area: mathematics, English language arts, science and technology/engineering, the arts, and health education, and history and social science. The last module will cover the content of the Early Childhood Program Standards and how to incorporate those standards into daily practice.

Material Type: Full Course

Author: Angi Stone - MacDonald

Play, Learning and the Brain

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This unit examines the area of the brain based learning with a particular focus on the development of the young child's brain and is of particular relevance to those who work with young children. We begin by looking at the structure and functions of the brain, and the impact that sensory deprivation can have on these. We consider the implications of current understandings of brain development for teaching and learning, particularly in an early years setting, and finish by exploring the value of play (particularly outdoor play) in children's learning and the development of their brains.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Parent Engagement & Child Learning Birth to Five: The Getting Ready Project

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Consistent with our focus on making differences in children's lives, CYFS conducts applied research on childhood education programs, child care services, social-behavioral interventions, family relationships and family-caregiver partnerships. We position children for academic success by establishing strong connections between families and schools while striving to improve those schools by preparing and improving their teachers.

Material Type: Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Raising Children with Roots, Rights, & Responsibilities: Celebrating the Convention on the Rights of the Child

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This curriculum grew out of the Circle For The Child Project which was started by the authors in 1995 as a grass roots effort to promote the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child through education and political action. This Minnesota-based project joins a worldwide effort seeking to ensure human rights for all. Raising Children With Roots, Rights & Responsibilities is designed for two-hour sessions. The curriculum can be adapted to any setting where families gather to learn. Such groups as Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), parenting classes, child care centers, family child care homes, faith communities, YMCA/YWCA programs, Scouts/campfire groups, neighborhood and play groups, community schools, after school programs, and home schoolers can use this curriculum. This curriculum is best suited for children ages three to six, their parents and educators.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Lori DuPontJoanne Foley and Annette Gagliardi


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Meaning of social mediaSocial media includes popular networking websites, like Facebook and Twitter.  It involves groups, forums and other platforms for interactive sharing and discussion of various events, news, blog post and articles.Definition of social media“Social media are platforms that enable the interactive web by engaging users to participate in, comment on and create content as means of communicating with their social graph, other users and the public”(Cohen, 2011).Parent Child Relationship“The parent-child relationship consists of a combination of behaviour’s, feelings, and expectations that are unique to a particular parent and a particular child.  The relationship involves the full extent of a child's development.” Of the many different people form over the course of the life span, the relationship between parent and child is among the most important.  The quality of the parent-child relationship is affected by the parent’s age, experience, and self-confidence, the unique characteristics of the child compared with those of the parent. Social Media Effect on Parent Child RelationshipFor better or worse, social media has changed the way we parent.  You may not have been able to get a conversation out of your teenager at dinner, but if you check their Facebook page, you can find out if they’re in a relationship.“Social media, a term that is used to define communicating and networking with others through the internet using a website site such as Facebook or Twitter, has completely changed the world.  In particular, its influence on parenting is enormous.”People love social media technology, and it’s great that kids have access to endless amounts of information and culture.  We are witnessing a new digital revolution.For BetterIn general, social media has influenced parenting for the better.  Pregnancy and parenting unite people as you could have absolutely nothing else in common with another person except that you both have a child or are pregnant and suddenly you are so very much the same.It was through social media that people are able to find people going through the same experiences you are going through, and are able to connect with them.  There are many social media forums and groups where you can join in and support each other, grieve many losses, celebrate healthy births, ask thousands of questions that people are too embarrassed to even ask our own doctors.For WorseSocial media has the power to bring out the ugly and envious side in us as we start comparing our parent child relationship with that of others which is utter nonsense and should never be done.  Unfortunately, these are difficult lessons to learn.Parents are usually the Role model for their children.  The way their parents use the social media is often noticed and imbibed by the children at a faster rate than other good qualities which they should imbibe.  People often view Facebook, go through their emails when with their children impacting their children and their habits .The other issue is the addiction attached to the social media and games that tend to bypass other things and give less time to important things in the day.  Thus the parents should understand and control their child as well as themselves from not over indulging in anything.The last issue is that people tend to suffer heavily by constantly glaring through social media, especially eye problems. Thus to avoid a long term problem both parent and child should understand the issue and concern.“Overall, social media is a very useful tool. People can’t imagine what their life would be without pictures of their beautiful daughter plastered all over Facebook for friends and family to enjoy, what life without Twitter in general would be like, or what loosing hundreds of amazing online friendships would do to me.” A research was conducted in April 2016, the highlights of which are following,1)Types of social media engaged in frequentlyTypes of social media engaged in frequentlyPercentage %Whats App84Facebook59Instagram16Twitter 13LinkedIn13Other 1 (Multiple responses obtained)Interpretation-84 out of 100 subjects used WhatsApp frequently whereas 59 of 100 used Facebook.Thus it is clearly evident that Facebook and WhatsApp are the major social media sites which eat up the time of the parent.16 participants used Instagram. 13 participants used LinkedIn and 13 participants used twitter.There was 1 participant who also used YouTube frequently. 2) Type of activity carried out by parent and child togetherType of activity carried out by parent and child togetherPercentage %Indoor/outdoor games47Play with toys40Talking/chatting38Reading books34Reading books13Others2 (Multiple responses obtained)Interpretation Major type of activity that almost 47 participants carry with their children is Indoor/Outdoor games thus inculcating the habit of playing in natural environment and not on electronic device.Also there are 40 such participants who play with toys along with the child and be a child themselves, whereas 38 of those participants also talk and chat together and spend more time just developing trust.There are few parents, almost 13 of the total sample size who indulge in playing computer games along with their children thus developing a wrong habit of playing on the computer rather than out in the nature. 3) Engagement of children during parental usage of an electronic deviceEngagement of children during parental usage of an electronic devicePercentage %Sleeping 42Playing34Watching TV29Studying 12At tuitions11Others4(Multiple responses obtained)Interpretation 82% of the responses pointed the use of social media while the child is busy playing, watching TV or sleeping with 33% using while the child is sleeping whereas 26% and 23% use while they are playing and watching TV.While remaining 18% of the responses hinted that they use social media while the child is studying or at tuitions.This clearly points out that parents majorly use social media while the child is sleeping or engrossed in playing / watching TV thus not affecting the quality time spent with child. 4) Use of social media in educating the childUse of social media in educating the childPercentage %Yes63No37Total 100 Interpretation 63% participants use social media to educate their children while 37% do not use social media to educate their children.Thus the chart clearly carves out that there is a growing sense of feeling that social media can be used in educating children. 5) Hand of social media in narrowing the gap between parents and childrenHand of social media in narrowing the gap between parents and childrenPercentage %Yes 62No38Total100 Interpretation When asked about whether social media has narrowed the gap between parents and children 62% participants said yes and 38% refrained from the same.The reason that was given by maximum participants was, “No quality time is given because of constant engagement on social media”6) Relationship healthier without social mediaRelationship healthier without social media Percentage %Yes 76No24Total100  Interpretation 76% out of the total participants answered yes that their relationship would be healthier without social media and the reason given was that no quality time is given to family because of constant use of social media.  The remaining 24% were of the different view and had a belief that people need to balance their lives be it social media or anything else. RecommendationsSchools should train the parents regarding the potential effects of the excessive use of social media on parent-child relationship.It is highly recommended that the use of social media for child education should be limited as there are other ways to educate the child regarding the same things learnt on the electronic device.The most important recommendation is parents should understand that the relation between child and parent is of utmost importance and the relation needs different inputs at various stages of growing up.  Thus the awareness of the various things needed to nurture the relationship is of utmost importance. 

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Bhakti Gala

Scientific Method

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This video examines the basic scientific method using the six steps as described in Sociology 2E (OpenStax), pages 31-33.There are six steps to the scientific method: 1. Ask a Question 2. Research existing sources 3. Formulate a Hypothesis 4. Design and Conduct a Study 5. Draw Conclusions 6. Report Results Understanding the scientific method helps us distinguish sociology from common sense and gives us an insightful picture into how we experience things in groups.

Material Type: Lesson

Psychology 2e

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Psychology 2e is designed to meet scope and sequence requirements for the single-semester introduction to psychology course. The book offers a comprehensive treatment of core concepts, grounded in both classic studies and current and emerging research. The text also includes coverage of the DSM-5 in examinations of psychological disorders. Psychology incorporates discussions that reflect the diversity within the discipline, as well as the diversity of cultures and communities across the globe. The second edition contains detailed updates to address comments and suggestions from users. Significant improvements and additions were made in the areas of research currency, diversity and representation, and the relevance and recency of the examples. Many concepts were expanded or clarified, particularly through the judicious addition of detail and further explanation where necessary. Finally, the authors addressed the replication issues in the psychology discipline, both in the research chapter and where appropriate throughout the book. Changes made in Psychology 2e are described in the preface to help instructors transition to the second edition. The first edition of Psychology by OpenStax is available in web view here.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: Marilyn D. Lovett, Rose M. Spielman, William J. Jenkins

Windmill of Your Mind: Distributed Energy Goes to School

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Students research the feasibility of installing a wind-turbine distributed energy (DE) system for their school. They write a proposal (actually, the executive summary of a proposal) to the school principal based on their findings and recommendations. While this activity is geared towards fifth-grade and older students, and Internet research capabilities are required, some portions of this activity may be appropriate for younger students.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Authors: Denise Carlson, Jane Evenson, Malinda Schaefer Zarske