Intentional Teaching

Promoting Meaningful Learning Experiences

Intentional teachers act with knowledge and purpose to ensure that young children acquire the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in school and in life. At Columbus Early Learning Centers we know that meaningful learning doesn't happen by chance—it is thoughtfully planned and purposefully connected to specific goals. 

Our teachers intentionally plan for the: 

  • Physical environment -- providing a safe, healthy, engaging and organized classroom.
  • Emotional environment -- respecting differences and planning for individual needs.
  • Learning environment -- promoting play as the best way to learn, planning for both child-guided and adult-guided experiences and integrating learning in all domains.

Intentional teachers use their knowledge, judgment and experience to organize meaningful learning experiences for children. And, when unexpected situations arise, they recognize them as teaching opportunities. 

At Columbus Early Learning Centers we implement a comprehensive curriculum and assessment system, Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies GOLD. This research-based curriculum is grounded in the understanding that play is the primary way children learn about the world and is aligned with Ohio's Early Learning and Development Standards

Our teachers understand that it is by listening to children, observing them at play and providing them with appropriate environments and materials that curriculum is constructed. It is of primary importance to the successful growth and development of each individual child that curriculum meets them where they are and helps them progress in their own time.

“The primary purpose of being four is to enjoy being four—of secondary importance is to prepare for being five.”

- Jim Trelease, educator and journalist

At Columbus Early Learning Centers, we utilize the key aspects of effective curriculum as defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). 

  • Children are active and engaged—cognitively, physically, socially and artistically.
  • Goals are clearly defined and shared with families.
  • Curriculum is evidence-based and organized around principles of child development and learning.
  • Valued content is learned through investigation, play and intentional teaching.
  • Curriculum builds on prior learning and experiences.
  • Curriculum is comprehensive—encompassing all critical areas of development.
  • The curriculum will benefit children.

Early childhood is a small window of opportunity to support growth and development at a pace that is just right for each individual child. Intentional teachers engage in positive relationships with children, careful observation of their play and comprehensive assessment of their knowledge and skills to create meaningful learning environments with specific goals in mind, preparing each child for success in school and in life.