The Importance Of Education In Education

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Arguably teaching is one of the most powerful careers offered to the public today. The impact educators have on their students is insurmountable, possibly lasting the child’s entire lifetime. This is why educators should be dedicated to being a positive impact on the child’s life, and creating a safe classroom environment. Educators can successfully do this if they are aware of the developmental, behavioral and social needs of their students, fully comprehend the impacts of trauma and poverty as well as use differentiation strategies to support the needs of these students. The developmental needs of students should guide the classrooms lesson plans, as well as the materials used should be unique the the age group. Every year a child grows and develops at a drastic rate, and children need drastically different supports depending on their age. For example, children ages 2-7 would be considered to be in Piaget’s Preoperational Stage. During the Preoperational stage children are able to, “…think about things and can use symbols to mentally represent objects (Massey, 2008). Their language and concepts develop at an incredible rate. Yet much of their thinking remains surprisingly primitive” (Slavin, 2015 p. 33). When children’s cognition is “primitive” they show characteristics of egocentrism, among other things. The egocentric child, “…believe(s) that everyone sees the world exactly as they do” (Slavin, 2015 p.33). However, compared to children ages 7-11 who are
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