Reflective Practice Guidance Logs thDate: Oct 14 , 2011 Observation (observe, identify the problem, examine the context of the problem)The children are doing the activity with me and we take turns to do the activity. After awhile, Madeleine does not want to take turns and she wants to be the first one again.Hannah, who supposes to be the first one in this turn, did not allow Madeleine to takeher turn to be the first person. Madeleine said,”I want to be the first one again”. ThenHannah said,” No, it is my turn. You are the first person last turn”. Madeleine’s faceturns red and her lips purses up. Hannah looks at Madeleine and does not say anything;she is waiting for the activity. Madeleine keeps saying, “I want to be the first one thisturn”. As a result, the activity is stopped, both Madeleine and Hannah look down to theground and their lips purses up. Decision(Choose a guidance strategy from this course that fits with the problem. Clearly statewhy the chosen strategy is appropriate for this child/ situation)I choose negotiation as strategy for the situation.Both Madeleine and Hannah are older preschoolers. They are developing their self-esteem and problem solving skill. They have their own ideas about the situation, butthey should know they should take turns for this activity.According to Eleanor Reynolds, facilitate negotiation between children to help themidentify the problem, offer ideas and suggestions for solving the problem.I want these two children to solve the problem in a peaceful way without argument and
I want to guide these two children to negotiate to each other, show their opinions in apositive way and carry out their solution. Otherwise, I want to help them to get to knowhow to respect each other and listen to each other. They can develop their social skill atthe same time. Actions (Clearly discuss your actions, the child’s response and the results of the guidance strategy)First, I sit down with Madeleine and Hannah, then, I ask Madeleine, “What happened,Madeleine? You want to be the first one again?” Madeleine nod. Then, I ask Hannah,“Hannah, can Madeleine be the first person again?” Hannah said, “No. I am the firstperson in this turn.” I said, “Do you want to separate for a while and then we continuethe activity. We can reset the activity later.” Hannah said, “No, I want to play now.” Iturn back to Madeleine and said, “Madeleine, you have a chance to be the first personbefore, so you are going to be the first person after Hannah’s turn right?” Madeleinenod, then, I continue to said, “can we continue the activity now?”Madeleine nod. As aresult, even though Madeleine’s face is still red, she and Hannah can take turns to dothe activity again.
Reflect (Specify what went well. are there some things that you need to change? Why?) Strengths Needs These two children can calm down I need to be more confident when and solve the problem properly I am solving the problem with with my guidance. them. We solve the problem in a I should be more objective and positive and respectful way. give more chance to tell their opinion.ChangesI would like to change to use active listening.Firstly, I would get down to the children’s level, then, I would ask Madeleine, “You werethe first person last turn, if you are the first person in this turn again, is it fair? What doyou think about it?”
Reflective Practice Guidance Logs thDate: November 8 , 2011 Observation (observe, identify the problem, examine the context of the problem)After lunch, Yanhan and Damian are playing in the block center. They use the block tobuild a small system of traffic. Mariam comes to the block center and she touches theoverpass of the traffic system. She knocks down the overpass, Yanhan and Damianshout, “Stop! Mariam!” Mariam said, “I want to play”. Yanhan said,”No! We do not wantto play with you”. Mariam keeps touching the blocks and she keeps going into the blockcenter, which makes more blocks are knocked down; Yanhan and Damian shout louder,“Stop! Mariam!” Decision(Choose a guidance strategy from this course that fits with the problem. Clearly statewhy the chosen strategy is appropriate for this child/ situation)I choose to use giving choices of setting limits as strategy for the situation.“A limit is generally flexible and sometimes negotiable. Setting limits is the mostcomplex part of the problem-solving approach and requires extensive practice.”(Reynolds, 2008, page 190).“When problem-solving techniques are adapted for preschool-age children, however,there is a tendency toward a great deal of adult control and manipulation along withinterrogating and moralizing, as well as lecturing and placing blame. (Reynolds, 2008,page 192).It seems that argument is going happened in this situation. I want to ensure equal and
respectful treatment of all people and I want to ensure individual acceptance ofresponsibility for one’s actions too. I decide to solve the problem with the children in asafety, respectful and positive way. Actions (Clearly discuss your actions, the child’s response and the results of the guidance strategy)First, I get down to the chidren’s level and ask Mariam, “can you tell me whathappened?” Mariam said, “I want to play”, she keep pointing to the blocks and keeptrying to go into the block centre. Yanhan said, “No, I do not want to play with Mariam!”I turn back to Mariam and said, “Mariam, Yanhan and Damian are playing here first, doyou want to wait for your turn or you want to play with me in the cooking area? I wouldlike to play the cooking game.” As a result, Mariam choose to go to the cooking areawith me and we play the restaurant game together.
Reflect (Specify what went well. are there some things that you need to change? Why?) Strengths Needs Children show their feelings and I need to focus on children’s ideas very clearly, it is good for temperament and what I said to me to decide which strategy I them, because I don’t want to let should make. them have hurt feeling. I need to Children are very cooperative. be fair.ChangesI would like to use active listening as strategy for the situation.I would ask Mariam, “Mariam, you can take turns to play in the block center, Yanhanand Damian are not finish their work here, what do you think?”
Reflective Practice Guidance Logs thDate: October 7 , 2011 Observation (observe, identify the problem, examine the context of the problem)The children are playing outside in the morning. Athene, John, Bavyansh and I areplaying together. After a while, John said, “Let us play the game, what is the time? Mr.wolf”. Athene pulls me to leave. John looks at Athene for seconds, then, he turns toBavyansh and said,”Don’t play with Athene; she is not playing with us.” After Athenehears what John said, she stands over there, looks at John and she is quiet. John keepssaying.”No Athene, you are not playing with us”. Decision(Choose a guidance strategy from this course that fits with the problem. Clearly statewhy the chosen strategy is appropriate for this child/ situation)I choose to use active listening as the strategy for this situation.Active listening communicates acceptance and trust, builds self-esteem, opens dialogue,and enhances growth. Preschoolers are sensitive, they are developing their self-esteem.I am going to guide them to show their opinion to others. My role is not to interferewith these control attempts, but to be a listener for the victims and help them call ontheir own inner resources to cope with the situation.
Actions (Clearly discuss your actions, the child’s response and the results of the guidance strategy)I go to the children, crouch, and said, “I heard John said don’t play with Athene, can youtell me why? John?” John said, “Athene is not playing with us”. Then, Athene said, “Idon’t want to play that game”. Then, I said, “It seems that you two are upset. John,Athene can decide which game she wants to play and who she wants to play with. Whatdo you think?” As a result, John said, “OK, Athene, you can play your game.”, then, heholds Bhavyansh hands and go to play the “what is the time, Mr. wolf?” game. Atheneholds my hands to play the “baby and mother” game. After a while, these threechildren come together again and play the catching game. Reflect (Specify what went well. are there some things that you need to change? Why?) Strengths Needs The solution is going well; Athene I need to know the children’s and John are good to listen and temperament to make sure that if cooperative. the strategy is suitable for them. Nobody got hurt feeling.ChangesI am going to use negotiation next time. I will ask, “Do you want to play another gametogether or you want to separate to play by yourselves?”