The Teaching Cycle
The teaching cycle is from the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards and is a continuous cycle of ongoing assessment, planning and curriculum goals, and implementation. Children are observed by the teachers daily in order to help them better plan for their development. The teachers use anecdotal notes, interactions with children and group time, and reviews of children’s work to gain an accurate assessment of a child’s knowledge and skill. This ongoing assessment and gathering of information helps the teachers determine what the child can do and what the child is ready to learn next.
Once individual learning goals are identified, the teachers can decide what should be done to promote development and what they want the children to learn. Individual goals are identified, prioritized and planned for in both the individual lesson plan and group lesson plan. Teachers then provide meaningful activities that support the individual and group goals guided by supportive interactions and relationships. During this phase, the teachers collect information for the next planning phase to write new individual and group goals.