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    Course Overview:

    Professor Snider is great professor. He loves teaching about the growth and development of children and he genuinely checks for development traits in children that he tells us to observe in class. Mr. Snider is going to ensure that the student has a great experience in the class. He will help you succeed in the class, especially if you are a student that displays a want to learn in his class.

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    I learned to acknowledge certain developmental trends in students. The trends that we learned about were created from psychologist such as: Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, and Erik Erikson just to name a few. I learned that children develop at different rates in their life span based on 4 stages that Piaget spoke of. The stages at which children are experience development are: Sensorimotor: from birth to age two. The children experience the world through movement and their five senses. During the sensorimotor stage children are extremely egocentric, meaning they cannot perceive the world from others' viewpoints. Preoperational Stage: Piaget's second stage, the pre-operational stage, starts when the child begins to learn to speak at age two and lasts up until the age of seven. During the Pre-operational Stage of cognitive development, Piaget noted that children do not yet understand concrete logic and cannot mentally manipulate information. Children’s increase in playing and pretending takes place in this stage. However, the child still has trouble seeing things from different points of view. Concrete Operational Stage: from ages seven to eleven. Children can now conserve and think logically (they understand reversibility) but are limited to what they can physically manipulate. They are no longer egocentric. During this stage, children become more aware of logic and conservation, topics previously foreign to them. Children also improve drastically with their classification skills. Last is Formal Operational Stage: from age eleven to sixteen and onwards (development of abstract reasoning). Children develop abstract thought and can easily conserve and think logically in their mind. Abstract thought is newly present during this stage of development. Children are now able to think abstractly and utilize metacognition. Along with this, the children in the formal operational stage display more skills oriented towards problem solving, often in multiple steps. This is just a preview of the knowledge that I collected when I took the class, but these few theorist and their theories are methods that will help an educator.

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    3-5 hours

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    Please if you take the course, especially as a pre service teacher take it seriously. Professors that teach the course at Clemson have a passion for the material so study as much as possible. Create your own perspectives of the theories and question anything that you do not agree with. Professors love hearing your opinions on the theories, especially since all children are not the same and they change over time. Take notes and ask about the material that will be presented on test before you take them. Please visit the professors office hours if you ever need clarification on anything that you discuss in class. Lastly, have fun!!!

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