[R-0228] S4. Instructional Planning

Citation: Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center. (2017). Embedded instruction practices. Practice Guide. Retrieved from Center [or enter “ECTA Embedded instruction practices Practice Guide” in your search window].

Abstract: Embedded instruction, as defined in this guide, is a teaching approach involving multiple, brief, and intentional teacher-child interactions designed to help a child learn new behavior during everyday activities and routines. This practice guide provides information that will help early childhood teachers plan and use embedded instruction practices.

Integration: The information in this practice guide fits well with content presented in the early childhood courses Child Development; Child, Family, and Community; Creative Activities; Curriculum Planning; Exploration Activities; Infants, Toddlers, and Twos; Introduction to Early Childhood Education; and Social and Emotional Development.

Content Focus: Assessment; Child Development; Child Learning; Creative Activities; Curriculum Planning; Data Collection; Embedded Instruction; Engagement; Exploration Activities; Functional Behavior Targets; Inclusion; Independence; Infants, Toddlers, and Twos; Introduction to Early Childhood Education; Learning Styles; Participation; Social and Emotional Development; Strengths-Based Learning

Notes: Instructional planning involves using data to develop and implement activities and lessons that engage all learners, provide increased feedback, and reinforce skills and concepts. In order to plan and use embedded instruction practices, teachers must first collect information on the child’s strengths, interests, and learning styles and, using that information, establish functional behavior targets. This practice guide provides an example of that process in the section titled A Quick Peek. Have students create additional examples to share with the class. You may also want to have students view teachers promoting child learning, independence, and engagement in the 3:07-minute video embedded in this guide.