A Quick Guide to High/Scope Implementation
This quick guide is designed to help researchers and program evaluators determine if a classroom is implementing the High/Scope Approach to working with preschool-aged children.
This is High/Scope:
- The classroom is divided into interest areas.
- Interest areas have names children can understand.
- Materials are labeled with tracings, pictures, photographs, actual objects, or words.
- All materials are accessible to children.
- Most of the materials are open-ended.
- Many “real” items are available in place of toy replicas.
- Children’s artwork, photos of block structures and/or samples of emergent writing is displayed on the walls.
This is not High/Scope:
- No interest areas are defined or apparent.
- Interest areas have names that are abstract to children (e.g., manipulates, fine motor, dramatic play)
- Some materials are stored in a teacher cupboard and children must ask to have them taken out.
- Most of the materials lead to prescribed outcomes like art cut-outs, lotto games, worksheets, coloring books, commercial and battery-operated toys.
- Materials include many toy replicas.
- Most displays consist of adult-directed projects and/or commercially produced materials.
Adult’s Role Throughout the Day:
This is High/Scope:
- Adults interact with children in calm, respectful tones.
- Adults show positive attention to children by smiling, making eye contact, getting down to children’s level, listening attentively.
- Adults converse with children in a give-and-take manner.
- Adults ask questions sparingly; questions are open-ended.
- Adults encourage children by repeating their ideas, commenting on what children are doing and playing with children.
- Adults treat conflict situations matter of factly and use a problem-solving approach to involve children in finding a solution.
- Adults take anecdotal notes to that reflect what children do and say.
- Adults plan daily.
- Adults use Key Experience (content goals) to understand the child’s knowledge and level of development and to plan for individual children.
- Adults use the Child Observation Record® (COR) to assess children’s growth and development.
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