Capstone/Dissertation Title

Two teaching strategies for kindergartners in full-day, urban, Spanish immersion school

Term

Fall 12-1-2014

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Margot Galt

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Brooke Haubrick

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Kelsey Wolf

Abstract

The research question addressed in this capstone was, how additional playtime and directteaching social skills affects behavior in a Spanish Immersion kindergarten classroom. This documents one teacher’s search for developmentally appropriate teaching strategies for kindergartners amidst rising academic standards and a rising level of behavior issues for kindergartners. Inspired by Vivian Paley’s research on the developmental need for play, the author examines her own students’ needs. She implements her district’s newly instated kindergarten curriculum that features more playtime and directly teaching social-skills and discusses challenges and successes in this capstone. The author’s research finds that more play and directly teaching social-skills are developmentally appropriate for kindergartners and improve behavior in the classroom.

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