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Infants Toddlers and Twos Chapter 5 (7th)


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  • This chapter provides specific, effective tools that enhance development.
  • Good health is essential to provide a high energy level that is needed in the classroom.It also helps you to resist the illnesses that seem to persist in the classrooms of young children.Your feelings of self-confidence and positive self-worth show that you believe in yourself.We need to remember to be caring and respectful of our children in all situations.Remember that you are a professional. You want to provide the highest quality of caregiving possible.
  • About yourself: value the time it takes to reflect on your work and what you are doing. Give yourself time for this.About children: your knowledge of children and how they develop influences how you plan for and act with children.About families: remember that each child is different and their family is different. This affects your caregiving. You should continually seek information from your families. Maintain lines of communication with them. The only way you will know about their expectations, the changes that occur and their special needs is to talk to them.About early child care and education: as a caregiver it is your responsibility to understand and follow through with appropriate practices.About program implementation: this simply means ways to apply the knowledge we gain to working with children. It helps to meet the individual needs of each child in our care.About partnerships: we don’t work in isolation. We partner with parents and family members. We partner with other child care workers. We partner with community agencies.About advocacy: We are advocates for children. Others look to us as role models in how to deal with IT & T.
  • How do completing observations and keeping records help teachers to plan curriculum, create daily schedules, assess learning and development, and interact with family members?
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    • 1. Chapter 5 Effective Preparation and Tools for Professional Educators ©2011 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved.
    • 2. Characteristics of a Competent Early Childhood Educator • Are physically and mentally healthy • Have a positive self image • Are caring and respectful • Are professionals ©2011 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved.
    • 3. Acquiring Knowledge • About yourself • About children • About families • About early care and education – Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) • About program implementation • About partnerships – Families, Colleagues, Community • About advocacy ©2011 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved.
    • 4. Professional Preparation of the Early Childhood Educator • Informal opportunities • Formal opportunities – Mentorship – Workshops and seminars – Continuing education courses – Vocational schools – Community Colleges and Universities – Child Development Associate (CDA) preparation programs ©2011 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved.
    • 5. Impact of Teacher Education on Quality of Care and Education • A question: Does formal preparation matter for infant/toddler caregivers? – Developmentally appropriate practices – Brain development – Child outcomes ©2011 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved.
    • 6. Observing Young Children to Make Educational Decisions • What to observe? • Why record? • How to observe and record – Running records – Anecdotal records – Checklists – Rating Scales – Portfolios – Documentation Panels – Time and Event sampling – Home/School journals – Daily Communication Logs ©2011 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved.
    • 7. Observing Young Children to Make Educational Decisions • Using the data recorded – Care and Education Plans – Individualized Schedules – Organizing the Environment – Selecting Materials ©2011 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved.
    • 8. Checkpoint Discussion Questions • What are important knowledge bases for professional educators to have? Why? • How do partnerships with families and community agencies help to promote the development and well-being of very young children? • Discuss with someone your understanding of the concept “developmentally appropriate practice.” How can you learn more about this concept? ©2011 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved.
    • 9. Checkpoint Discussion Questions • Why must teachers observe and record the behavior of infants and toddlers? What observation tools will (or do) you use most often? Why? What are the benefits to you, the children, and families when using these tools? • List four available community resources and explain how each can be used to add value and resources to your child care program. ©2011 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved.