Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Summer 9-28-2017

Abstract

This study will address the difficulties young children have when are placed in overcrowded kindergarten classrooms. Creating an effective and constructive learning environment for the early childhood years must be in a positive learning climate in a school for young children. Motivation, skills and communication amongst teachers, students and parents is a place where children receive guidance and encouragement, security and trust from the responsible adults around them.

A major element that establishes a child’s learning and guides their success is the physical environment where he/she is. When teachers cannot engage their young students in learning activities, then the teaching-learning process and teacher-student communications will not prosper. This is an issue many families are fearing the worst in schools: Overcrowded classrooms. School and state officials should observe student-teacher ratio and determine if it has a relationship to the quality of teaching and student learning. If there is an impact, possible solutions to reduce overcrowded classrooms in kindergarten – 3rd grade should be contemplated.

Various researchers have proven that young children placed in overcrowded classrooms have had a decline in academic scores, less teacher-student interaction and attention, less opportunity for small group activity and concentrated attention (Anderson, 2015). This can not only affect a child’s own enjoyment of school and learning, but kindergarten readiness.

Comments

To Whom This May Concern: My name is Jay Rodriguez and I’m from Virginia Beach. I just wanted to let you know a little bit more about me. In March 1994, I had undergone major brain surgery due to a traumatic car accident. Neurosurgeons were able to remove the damaged part of my brain - - .07 cm from my front, right temporal lobe. It took months of mental and physical therapy, but I was able to start a whole new life again. I still have seizures, but well-controlled through my medications. I finished my Masters’ in Early Childhood Education in June 2014 here at Walden and completed my Ed.S last month. I am also featured in the Summer/Fall edition that the Walden Alumni Magazine had written about my education, success and disability titled, “Never Give Up.” I landed a career at my previous university in 2014, Kaplan, where I am an adjunct teaching online students early childhood – curriculum and planning, but left that position in March 2017 so that I can move forward in my education. I am now enrolled in another program, “MS in Developmental Psychology – Child and Adolescent Development.” As you can tell, I am a ‘life-long learner.’

Writing my final capstone assignment means so much to me and I would love to share this with my family, and families, the parents of the children I have taught for and to my previous instructors here at Walden. Would it be possible to revise or remove my Running Head in this assignment you had forwarded in PDF?

Sincerely,

Jay D. Rodriguez

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