Professionalism in Early Childhood Education (ECE) for teachers is a branch of knowledge to acquire a process to become an expert in a specific field. In accordance to Caulfield, R. (1997), “Professional teachers in early care and education share a common base of knowledge of children’s development during the first few years of life” (p. 262). Basically, a competent carries out huge responsibilities in order to comprehend and stay committed to their roles. Moreover, working with children and families encounters active participation as their ability to communicate will gain more experience for the children’s families to rely on them. An expert is not whom with obtained a degree with excellence but a human being who is able to perform well with
Early years practitioners should be aware of the developmental, learning and care needs of children in their care. By completing regular observations on the children, talking to the parents/carers and looking out for any changes in the children’s behaviour, I can ensure that I am aware of a child’s changing needs. Throughout my observations and discussions with parents/carers I must be open to the possibility that a child in my care could have a safeguarding issue. It is my responsibility as an early years practitioner to attend safeguarding training and to keep up to date with new legislation and guidelines. I can also keep up to date with other safeguarding issues by reading journals such as Nursery World (https://www.nurseryworld-magazine.co.uk/)
What does it mean to become a professional? Well professionalism is key to becoming an admirable Early Childhood educator. Professionalism is built upon ones’ individual integrity, responsibility, and ethical practices that demonstrate a profound respect for all the children in their center as well as their families. We as professionals advocate for excellence in the early childhood programs as well as make decisions based upon their knowledge of the early childhood theories. Like I said before, I believe that a classroom should have some type of constructivist learning. It is important for the children to construct their own understanding and knowledge as well as experiencing what they learned and reflecting upon that.
I really enjoyed observing the classroom that had RTI. I even had the chance to see my host teacher do assessments in reading for the students. I think RTI is great and beneficial for the students. My thoughts have not change since I did this process. I am still learning I actually want to experience a teacher putting in data maybe it’s an easier way. When I put the data in I saw how some students scores went from high to low to low to high. At the end it got easier because all I had to decide if the students in Tier 3 needs referrals and to do the end of the year recommendations. The hardest part was trying to decide if the students need referrals, additional support, or if they need to be evaluate for receiving special education services.
Within my ten hours of observation, I witnessed an Early Childhood, Childhood, and Middle Childhood classroom. Through the duration of these hours, I visited School 17 and School 30. My seven hours at School 17 consisted of experiences within an Early Childhood and a Childhood setting. The Early Childhood hours occurred in a Pre-Kindergarten classroom setting with Ms. Mitrakos. The Childhood observations occurred in a first-grade classroom with Ms. Hordan. My three hours at School 30 involved experiences within a Middle Childhood setting. These observation hours occurred in a 6th-grade math class. My observations within both schools inspired me to continue my passion for Early Childhood Education.
Continuing professional development is integral to the early years practitioner because is continuous planned and development process. It focuses on what you learn and how you develop. The reasons for continuing professional development is that you will know everything up-to-date for example, thing that has been changed. Also you will have practice of teaching in a different way as new things will come so, you will be active for example, new technology.
James is a 13 year old Haitian American male living with his biological mother. Youth’s biological father remarried about two years ago and has a younger half-sister and 2 younger step-brothers. Youth has found it difficult to have siblings and sharing his father's love, however feels like he is getting better at it. Youth spends the weekends at his father's home. Youth was referred from an emergency service. Family identified the presenting problem to be youth getting bullied at school, poor communication with mother at home, and experiencing anger. Youth identified his mother and students at school "picking on him" as triggers. Youth stated he becomes triggered by students picking on him in the classroom as well as on
Students falling into the D/E range should have an individual learning plan, developed with the student and teacher(s), with specific interventions in place. The plan should be monitored on a timely basis and supports should be monitored and changed, if necessary. The plan should include parents and should define their role in helping their child. My role would be to monitor the plans, to help develop an early intervention plan. The plan should be preventative - ongoing progress monitoring of student data to determine students with preexisting risk factors. A system should be developed to recognize early warning signs, before a student gets to a D/E.
Consider what you have learned about why we assess young children. Based on pages 33-35 of Assessing and Guiding Young Children's Development and Learning and the video segment "Overview of Assessment"," briefly explain the importance of developmentally appropriate assessments.
RTI is a national program which helps children who have learning and behavior difficulties in the school. Each state evaluates the students’ progress to know what student has those difficulties and how different specialist, teacher and special educators can help the child overcomes his difficulties. The children’s improves are evaluate periodic to know if the children are responding positively to the program. General and special education are working together to help the children with learning and behavior problems to improve their condition.
Continuing professional development is integral to the role of early years practitioners because it; Improve confidant in practitioners job role – professional development allow practitioners to be more confidant and organized in the setting. Improve knowledge and skills – professional development will widen their skills and knowledge which will help them be more effective in the setting. Experience – practitioners can increase their experience through access
I think that my observation is progressing very well since I am a teacher in that facility that I choose to do it. I pretty know most of the children in the classroom. Some of them were in my previous class. The teacher was happy to have me in the classroom for a couple hours every day. My target child is one of my old students and I am so glad I can do the observation on him.
Partnerships with local early childhood centers have been strengthened through collaborative conversations and professional development opportunities. Professional development sessions centered around early childhood literacy have been hosted monthly during the school year to early childhood teachers and teacher assistants in the public school, Head Start, and childcare settings. Participants in the sessions earn continuing education hours and develop relationships for collaboration and professional growth. These growth opportunities have established an early childhood professional learning community for future learning. These efforts center around strengthening programming to address school readiness.
Dawn is a four-year-old girl, who was raised by her two parents Terry and Bill. In the beginning of Dawn’s life, both parents were very attentive to her and the things that interested Dawn. They cared for her and played with her; even when Dawn would show resistance and frustration, they would be patient and understanding. Terry would manipulate Dawn out of her difficult temper by making her happy and distracting her with things and activities that she enjoyed.