What is Important In Early Childhood Education: A Kindergarten Teacher's Philosophy
About Miss Megan
My name is Miss Megan and I am an Early Childhood Educator. I studied Early Childhood Education at Indiana University. I am hold my teaching license in Early Childhood and Elementary Primary. Therefore, I am certified to teach children birth-3rd grade. I have experience as a full-time nanny, preschool teacher, and kindergarten teacher. I believe the most important years in a child's life happen during their early years.
It is my philosophy that children learn best in environments that promote exploration, play and social interactions. I believe that when children explore the environment they gain knowledge. In addition, that through productive play and social interactions, child can grow cognitively, physically, socially, emotionally and verbally. I feel that children are active learners and that they learn through everything they; that knowledge is actively constructed. Therefore, teachers should be there for children to find teachable moments and to encourage children's questions and ideas. I believe that teachers should support child to be critical thinkers and problem solvers. In addition, they should encourage children to active researchers and reflective thinkers.
Curriculum & Assessment
I think that young children should be provided with a integrated curriculum, moreover, that the curriculum should be child guided. I want my curriculum to reflect the needs and skills of the group of learners currently in my classroom. When children are the focus of the curriculum they are more likely to be engaged in the lessons and activities. I want to educate the whole child in areas of cognitive, social/emotional, physical and language development. In addition, I will complete authentic assessment, such as portfolios and anecdotal records, to be accountable for my objectives.
I also believe that children should be guided and not disciplined. I want all children to feel safe and secure in my classroom and feel from stress and humiliation. Therefore, I will us positive guidance in my classroom. Instead of focusing on punishment, I will focus my classroom towards prevention. I will encourage my students to form positive relationships, to express themselves verbally, and to problem solve. I feel that environments that promote guidance provide a positive atmosphere. Additionally. I want children to feel that they can be risk takers and independent thinkers. I feel that by using positive guidance children will excel in these skills.
Family Involvement & Documentation
I feel it is imperative to involve families in the classroom environment. I will form relationships with each child's family by implementing conferences and phone calls. Families play an important role in the children's live and together we can help each child grow and develop. Moreover, I will create an environment where parents are welcome in the classroom and are free to be involved in whatever ways they can.
By keeping a portfolio of each child I can not only document each child's growth, but I can also share the work with each child's family. When teachers have relationships with families the benefits for the child are endless.
I feel the role of education in our society is to create a positive community. Therefore, I will invite members of the community into the classroom to speak and to teach the children about different aspects of the community. Additionally, since we will form a community in the classroom it will prepare children to function in a positive community outside the classroom.
Positivity & Care
Its is my goal to provide a positive educational experience for all the children I teach. I want children to feel safe and loved in my classroom. I believe that by promoting an environment that encourages exploration, play, research, and positive guidance children will thrive and achieve educational success.