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Early Childhood Education
Transcript of Early Childhood Education
October 22, 2012
Early Childhood Education My Current Philosophy of Education What Meeting a Professional in Early Childhood Education has meant to me Children have a right to an education and to learn. It is our responsibility as teachers to make sure that their needs are met and that the experience is a great and productive one. Maria Montessori's approach to education is characterized with an emphasis on independence and freedom within limits. Montessori Philosophy Melanie Smith Williams Piaget Skinner Gardner Montessori Maslow Children should have the freedom to explore and discover in many different ways. Children should receive lots of positive reinforcement in order to track progress and feel good about themselves. Children learn in different ways and teachers should beware that it doesn't mean one child is smarter than the other. Everyone learns differently. Children should be free to make some decisions about how they will learn as long as it is within structured environments with choices. I believe that children learn best when they feel respected and valued. If children feel like they are needed, then they may take more initiative to want to learn. I would say that the Montessori method will influence a lot of my future teaching methods, mainly for the non-stressful and confident environment that it encourages. If I am teaching in the upper grades, this method still hits home for with the right environment and tools, children will work at their own pace yet, want to keep up with the peers around them ;causing much needed positive influencing from one student to another. Child Centered Instruction The learner has full responsibility for her/his learning.
Involvement and participation are necessary for learning.
The relationship between learners is more equal, promoting growth, development.
The teacher becomes a facilitator and resource person.
The learner experiences confluence in his education (affective and cognitive domains flow together).
The learner sees himself differently as a result of the learning experience. Melanie is certified in K-6 Elementary Education as well as Early Childhood Education.
She has worked in the field of Education for almost twenty years,the last seven as a director of a Childcare Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The educational background needed to be a director is a B.A in Early Childhood, at the least. To be a pre-school teacher, Melanie recommends an Associates degree in Early Childhood.
To be an effective Pre-school educator, Melanie believes that the higher the teacher's education, the better. Also, the teacher should have not only patience, but a thrive to improve individuals in society and it starts with educating the little ones. Q. How do you get parent involved?
A. Here at Battle we have an Open-door policy in that parents can always come and go as they please, providing that they are not disrupting classes or causing commotion. We have had mothers take that open door policy too much to heart and won’t go home! However, we share schedules and events with our parents, send emails, and encourage them to come and share occupations and hobbies with the children. In the spring we have a carnival where our parents volunteer and we have a great time!
Q. What do you believe are the most important traits or dispositions for someone who is seeking a professional career in early childhood education?
A. I would say compassion, respect, motivation, and patients and intelligent to a level that knows how the child should learn, organizational skills and perseverance.
Q. If you could change one thing about your job, what would it be?
A. MORE HOURS IN THE DAY! Melanie Williams has made a difference to me and how I view this career. I admire her credentials and her professionalism. I think until I took this class, what seemed important about being an Early Childhood Educator was just a love for children and perhaps having patience. I now know there is so much more to being a pre-school teacher. For one, there are many important components to teaching at such an early age and for two, we educators can make a difference early on. Overall, I am ready. Together with my passion for children, patience, and wanting to make a difference in the community and the future of children, I believe this career is an option for me. I believe one of my strong points is respect towards the children and their situations whatever they maybe. With proper training and tools, I should be ready to prepare these young individuals for society.
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