A Reflective Educator With Children

2268 Words Nov 12th, 2014 10 Pages
Project Title “How to be a Reflective Educator with Children (the Value of Critical Reflection)”
Children have the right to be listened and heard; it is critical that as educators we let the children know that their opinions in matters concerning them, such as what experiences they would like to engage in, is valued. These positive outcomes will extend to the children reciprocating this with other peers, as they begin to interact positively with others.

Throughout this Degree, it has been evident that as educators we should plan according to the child/ren’s interest, needs and strengths — which we gather from getting to know the child/ren. I feel that I know what is expected, but putting the child’s voice into the program/lesson is easier said than done. The benefits of being a reflective educator with children has many good results for all stakeholders involved, as highlighted in the Early Years Learning Framework (2009) (EYLF), for it allows for strong sense of wellbeing — which is fundamentally connected to children’s sense of belonging, being and becoming. And children’s keen awareness of belonging, being and becoming means they are able to fully participate in, and learn from, the daily routines, play, interactions and experiences in their learning setting.
To ensure that the learning is meaningful to the children, I believe that we need to take into consideration the Convention on the Rights of the Child’s Article 3, which tells us that the…
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