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Philosophies/Theories Essay

2458 words - 10 pages

ECE311: Early Childhood Curriculum & Methods (BDH1414A)
Instructor: Latisha Shipley
May 5,2014

What and how we teach the children in our classroom is very important. In some cases small children whom are entering kindergarten or a school at a young age seem to be scared. They don't understand the change and for them sometimes it could be a frightening thing. Education may seem complex to small children but it is very important for each of them to succeed in anything they do. As teachers we have to be ready to face the fact that some children will be less forthcoming than others. Example children who are an only child may at times be more scared than other's because they may not ...view middle of the document...

Thus these pioneers created many different teaching techniques and methods that I would like to incorporate into my classroom. We have to keep in my mind that preschoolers are young minded children that look up to us to help them develop a positive self-image along with the emotional, social, and intellectual skills all being learned in a preschool classroom. As teachers we are all different and it should not matter what philosophy or teaching method we choose. The most important aspect is focusing mainly on the students for they are all different and learn at their own time at their own speed it is up to us to increase their learning potential.
In my teacher mindset I would like to provide my classroom with a planned educational environment. I want to be able to put to good use my education, any learning I have acquired from research, classes, or workshops I have attended and will still attended. These ideas have come to mind do to the different teaching philosophies and theories there were many different teaching philosophies/theories that called out to me, such as: Rudolf Steiner/Waldorf education method,. Reggio Emilia, and the Creative Curriculum approach.
The Rudolf Steiner/Waldorf approach states that the teacher is the “performer.” “The approach is in the attention to aesthetic beauty and the spirit.” (Jaruszewicz, 2012) Children are able to be open-minded and because the teacher is the performer the student’s then mimic’s what the teacher does. This to me is what I want to be teaching in my class, I would like for the students to be themselves and see that they are able to create and imagine anything possible. Children are such vast learners, they pick everything up so quickly at a young age, they are sponges waiting for us to feed them the knowledge they seek. Thus as teachers we engage in domestic, practical and artistic activities that the children can readily imitate, like baking, painting, gardening, crafting, building and handicrafts, adapting the work to the changing seasons and events. For this curriculum I would give the students a handout with the letter of the month where the letter was portraying a different character such as animal, fruit etc. I would have the children try and figure out what letter we were going to be studying for that month. What I feel is a good part to the Waldorf teaching method is that the teachers get too "loop" with the kids. Looping is where the teacher moves up or progresses with the children throughout the years until they get to around 5th grade sometimes all the way up to 8th grade which helps the children build a good communication and trust with their teacher." Foundations Public Schools. (n.d.).
Creative curriculum was presented by Diane Trister-Dodge, this was another teaching method that I think would suite my teaching techniques. This is the most common curriculum being used in most preschools today, thus getting used to this would not be hard at all.The fact that it has four...

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