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Racheal Gill FHS 2600 Personal Philosophy I believe that early childhood begins to shape us as individuals.

The experiences in early childhood will influence a person throughout their adult life. It is extremely important to give every child special attention and care during all forms of their development and education. I believe that every child is to be valued and treated with respect. A caregiver is there to assist children during their various stages of development and attend to their needs in a responsive and timely manner. Since every child is an individual they will need to have care that is tailored specifically for them. Intentional teaching is incredibly important for the role of a teacher or childhood educator. Having an educated reason for your teachings with a child will help you as a teacher and will assist the parents in understanding your philosophy. In DAP it says, To be an excellent teacher means being intentional. This simple statement has so much truth. Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education, also encourages the notion that a great teacher is intentional in everything they do. Having knowledge and experience on what a child needs and what practices advance their development will influence your intentions on teaching. The role of the teacher is to provide a special learning curriculum that is designed for each child in a safe environment. They need to attend to all the needs of a child from eating, napping, comforting, diapering or toilet help, and anything else a child requires. Teachers should be there to encourage the fine and gross motor, language, cognitive, emotional, and

social skills. Children need to have an environment that contains different activities that are safe and age appropriate along with giving them the freedom to choose what they want to play with and discover. I think a good teacher should be intentional and have an emergent curriculum, which allows the child to engage in an activity of their choosing for as long as they would like. The teacher can assist when the child needs help through healthy scaffolding. Maria Montessoris method of teaching is one that I would like to follow. She believed that a teacher can demonstrate materials but allow the children to choose their activity by their natural exploration. Along with all the time a teacher spends with the children, I believe a good teacher will also involve the childs parents. Keeping an open communication between the family and the caregiver will help the child at home and while they are in the care of another. It is highly beneficial for the child to have all caregivers, parents and teachers, on the same page. If everyone is working toward the same goal, the child is going to have a healthier development. I believe that children need adults for guidance. They are still learning and dont know the world the way we do so it is important to be there to help them along their journey. When it comes to discipline I believe in taking a few different approaches. I do not believe in physical or verbal punishment of any kind. I enjoyed reading and want to follow how Pestalozzis rejected the idea of punishment and threats as motivators and felt that instead children are motivated to learn by their interests (Bredekamp 45). When disciplining children, I believe an effective method can be found through modeling, redirecting, ignoring when appropriate, or giving attention for positive behavior rather than negative will encourage the child to behave in a more desirable way.

My life changed dramatically when I had my son on July 1, 2012. He is the whole reason that made me want to focus my studies on early childhood education. Seeing his growth and development completely fascinated me and made me want to know everything there is to know about children. I feel I have a strong connection with children and want to be able to help in their process of growing and advancing with their development.

Works Cited Bredekamp, Sue. Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education: Building a Foundation. Second ed. Boston: Pearson, 2014. Print. Copple, Carol, and Sue Bredekamp. Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8. Third ed. Washington, D.C.: National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2009. Print.