It is important for early childhood teachers to plan ahead to create an atmosphere for young children that is conducive to meeting all of their developmental needs and set them on the track for success in school and later life. In this paper, I will define my developmentally appropriate classroom management plan for the preschool age group of three to five year olds. My plan will reflect my individual personality, teaching style, and philosophy of education. It will also define my goals as an early childhood educator and reflect my ability to fuse the knowledge and skills gained throughout my college and work career.
The school that I am currently doing my twenty hours for this course is at Carson- Valley Preschool. While I am at Carson-Valley I am observing two different classrooms. One classroom is called the “rainbow room” and the other is called the “adventurer’s room”. The age group that I am observing is four to five years old. There are seventeen children in each classroom. The first classroom that I observed was in the “adventurer’s room”. The environment is extremely nice, clean and organized. The room has many bulletin boards with the student’s class work, art projects and decorations for the holidays. This classroom is a good size classroom; not too big or not too small for the group. The classroom is sectioned into different centers. There is a reading center where the children sit on mats and read books. There is a center for circle time, where the children sit on a big carpet and learn about the weather, calendar, days of the week, and do circle time activities. In this classroom, there are many tables for children to have snacks, lunch, or make arts and crafts. The classroom also has a listening area for children to listen to books on tape. There is a dramatic play area where children can play dress up, puppets, and play kitchen. Also, there is bookshelf along the
Kindergarten classroom of 25 students they all sit at tables that will hold up to six students, however I have them sitting 5 to a table for ease of grouping. Each table is a team labeled by a color, a large construction paper crayon hangs from the ceiling above each table, and they have matching crayon nametags on their desks. There is a Smart Board at the front of the classroom as well as a white board. My desk is at the front of the room to the right of the white board. Different centers are located around the room such as the art center, the math center, the reading tree is in the opposite corner from my desk. The room also has a single restroom and a sink and water fountain outside of the restroom. We also have circle area to the left of the reading corner
A teacher in the classroom setting is considered a professional in that environment because they have the training and skills necessary by which to create a setting which is conducive to learning. To aide in the establishment of a setting which is conducive to learning the teacher must create guidelines which help to provide structure for expected behavior as well as for the dissemination of information between teacher and student. Organization and careful planning are two elements which help to
In this program our child care providers have a hands-on interaction with the children. They guide our early learners through child directed play. The child care staff provides different learning opportunities by supplying an array of activities based on the children’s interests. This program will allow the children an opportunity to become leaders in their learning, by exploring and discovering their play environment on their own, with peers and through guidance from the staff. Although we have many open-ended play opportunities, we will have a few structured activities for the children to participate in. We find it important to keep some structure within the daily schedule as this will allow the children the
Construction Paper 9x12 in an assortment of colors (students will use this to cut out their various shapes)
Creating a well managed classroom involves deliberate planning and thought. Like the study of science, each part of the classroom scheme builds upon others and the classroom becomes an intertwined community of interdependent parts. In science, there are underlying laws that structure all other scientific actions and reactions. Similarly, the underlying classroom philosophy provides the backbone for my classroom management plan.
I believe that as an early childhood educator my goal will be to promote the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of each child. I also believe that play should be the base of learning since children learn best by doing. I believe that a balance between teacher-directed and child-initiated activities is essential balance can be developed by using the developmentally appropriate practice approach, which means that activities should be “appropriate for each child and relevant to the child’s ability, needs and interests, also including the child’s family and being respectful to the child’s culture.
The desks are in centers, that the teacher has carefully crafted to promote the most qualitative experience for her students. Mrs. Paul says that she must study and understand her students' behaviors so that she knows where to sit each student. Having the room sectioned up in centers gives the teacher the opportunity to see how all of her students work. Mrs. Paul walked around the classroom and organized her monitoring by center, which allowed her to get to every student. In my future classroom I would like to keep the desks in centers not only to facilitate my assessment and communication with students, but because by being close to each other the students could rely on each other and form trusting
Developmentally appropriate practice is essential in early childhood education; because it helps is understand how children develop and learn. As teacher it ensures you create curriculum that meets the child needs. Consideration that even if all children are the same age, what they are able to do will vary from child to child. Providing children, the right amount of challenge in a task. Children will get bored a task is to easy. And discourage if the task is to complicated. Children learn thru play. Social dramatic play helps children develop their social, emotional, and language skills. In addition to help play develop their fine and gross motor skill. For example, if student knows their color but, has a hard time with their fine motor skill.
I have heard that for many beginning teachers, classroom management can be one of the most challenging aspects of their new career. Knowing this, I decided to experiment with many classroom management approaches during my student teaching to find one that fit both my students and myself. Based on these experiences, I designed a classroom management plan that I will implement in my classroom as a beginning teacher. It is important to note, however, that my classroom management philosophy will be evolving as necessary as I gain more experience and insight into the field of teaching. Also, my classroom management plan may need to be altered to fit my specific group of students.