Concept Development and Quality of Feedback. These dimensions fall under the Instructional Support domain in the Pre-K CLASS measure. They have some similarities, of course—but they are truly distinctive in the ways they play out in the classroom.
Concept Development is defined by the CLASS Manual as the dimension that "Measures the teachers' use of instructional discussions and activities to promote students' higher-order thinking skills and cognition and the teacher's focus on understanding rather than on rote instruction."
This dimension focuses on building children’s thinking skills. Teachers who demonstrate high levels of CD are not just teaching a “concept” (letters, numbers, seasons), but using specific strategies to encourage children to think more deeply about ideas in the world around them. CD is all about the ways a teacher facilitates learning throughout the day.
Quality of Feedback, on the other hand, "Assesses the degree to which the teacher provides feedback that expands learning and understanding and encourages continued participation."
QF happens when a teacher responds to what a child says or does in a way that pushes the child to keep thinking or trying. Teachers who show high levels of QF are really specific in their feedback, assist children without simply giving away right answers, and expand on children’s words and actions. Was the child able to accomplish something deeper as a result of a teacher’s response? If so, there was probably some QF involved!
So, keeping those definitions in mind, can you sort the following classroom interactions into the correct CLASS dimension?
We’re still soaking up the wisdom shared by our many, many excellent speakers at the spring 2021 InterAct Summit. From its inception, Teachstone has been an organization based in research. Because the CLASS is reliable and valid, teachers and programs trust it to give meaningful, accurate, and actionable information. To learn more about the current work being done in the field, we invited co-founder Bob Pianta to give an update on new research findings.
At Teachstone, we are all in on early learning. The research shows us that, with the help of effective educators, there is so much potential to build a strong foundation for children’s learning well before elementary school. But some research, including the Head Start Impact Study and the research on Tennessee’s voluntary pre-K, has complicated the story. Researchers found that in some cases, gains made in early childhood education seemed to fade out by around third grade.
Follow-up research has added to the narrative.
We’re closing out our celebration of NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child with Family Friday. We have revamped this post from spring 2020 a little to reflect the changes that have happened since last April, but as many families have learned this year, classic activities are classics for a reason. Please enjoy these ones with your young child, and remember - the love, support, and work you’re putting into them will change the world.