ProfessionalPortfolio Reflection on Child Development and Learning
Childdevelopment is highly determined by infant growth that varies fromthe environment that a child grows to the genetic relations of thechild. An individual who enrolls in a quality childhood educationprogram has more benefits compared to those who enroll in alow-quality education program. Those from high-quality programgraduate from high school earn more, own homes and also have longermarriages (Martin and Richard 31). They also require less specialattention they are less likely to repeat grades as well as breakingthe law. The essay will give my professional reflection and portfolioof my philosophy about early childhood education.
Thetheory of child development (NAEYC) refers to how scientistsand philosophers came up with a way of explaining their observationof the child development. In my view, it explains the relationshipbetween the child’s environment and the people the child interactswith and how they determine a child’s personality (Cowdery andAllen 15). From my experience with children, I think the way theadult handles the child determines which trait the child picks. Everyadult has a great role to play in the child`s development andlearning. The theories help people know how to appropriately handlechildren to enhance good values.
Frommy the experience of the way I was brought up, I assert that apartfrom direct teaching in the classroom by teachers adults have theresponsibility of exposing children to the appropriate environmentand behavior. The environment makes the child acquire positiveexposure, hence enhancing a good personality (Martin and Richard 31).The good behavior of an adult makes the child with the blank slate tolearn good morals and values accepted in the society. Therefore, mygoal as a professional is to help these kids become responsiblepeople in their adulthood considering that their exposure as a childdetermined individual`s adulthood personality.
Developmentallyappropriate practice (DAP) as an approach refers to teaching rootedin effective early education regarding research on the child`sdevelopment and learning (Gestwickior 24). As a professional ateacher, I should help children deal with the challenges they face asa group and as individuals. DAP considers knowing about childdevelopment and learning, knowing what is individually correct andknowing what is culturally moral. The knowledge helps the children todevelop their moral values in their daily interaction with theirpeers and the elders in the society.
Classroommanagement/guidance (NAEYC4b) refersto how a teacher is expected to control and handle the classroom torealize maximum positive results.Within the classroom, the teacher is expected to have classroomcontrol. In my perspective, that means they are in a capacity toenhance and implement rules. The teacher should expose students topredictable schedules that make them feel more secure as it affectstheir cognitive development (Goffin 34). That way, the learnersdevelop self-confidence as they are not afraid of making errors. Therules are supposed to be strategic and reviewed on a daily basissince children at this age are subject to forgetting. The teacher canpin them on the walls with informative pictures to enhancecomprehension. The pictures will make the learners connect theinformative rules with the actions required.
Diversityand Inclusion of children with special needs are essential inpromoting education for all considering that disability is not aninability. Fromwhat I found, children with disabilities require support, equalopportunities with others and specialized structures and facilitiesto improve their education (Cowdery and Allen 15). The children on awheelchair require rumps to ease their movement to classes on higherfloors. One should also take note of the slow learners and give themspecial attention at their pace of grasping. That way, no one is leftbehind in concepts. I feel that the blind and deaf should attendspecial schools where they are taught with Braille and signsrespectively. The short-sighted learners should sit at the frontwhile the long-sighted sit at the back to enhance comfortabledistance of studying.
Childassessment and evaluation is the testing of all levels ofunderstanding that a child is exposed to. Inmy opinion, child development and comprehension should be assessed,and I will work to achieve this in my profession. Apart from thecontinuous assessment tests, there should be other ways of evaluatingthe level of understanding of the child (Goffin 34). The practicalevaluation that is academically important should not be left out.Children should also be given an assignment so that the teacher knowsif some concepts are acquired. The exams should be child-centered andcurriculum based aimed at developing their comprehension skills,knowledge and understanding of the values acquired. According toGoffin (34), oral skills should also be assessed to determinelanguage acquisition
Familysupport and involvement is a supportive requirement in childhood.From my past experience, I have realized that families have a greatrole in a child`s development as it is the first environment a childis exposed to. The parents and the caretakers should help inenhancing the correct behavioral values as well as the correctlanguage (Martin and Richard 31). Since children pick behaviors fromthe adults, the adults should behave appropriately in the presence ofchildren so that the correct values are picked. Parents shouldencourage their children to acquire education through paying schoolfees as well as monitoring the homework.
Inconclusion child`s development and learning forms the basis of futureadults. Therefore, we as professionals should give children anexperience of quality education. The education should include theappropriate behavior and cultural values to ensure that we have amoral society. At the same time, all adults have a significant roleto play in determining the individual`s personality as the childrenpick behavior from the environment and adults.
Cowdery,Glynnis E, and K E. Allen. TheExceptional Child: Their Inclusion in Early Childhood Education., 2014. Print.
Gestwicki,Carol. DevelopmentallyAppropriate Practice (DAP): Curriculum and Development in EarlyEducation., 2014. Print.
Goffin,Stacie G. EarlyChildhood Education for a New Era: Leading for Our Profession., 2013. Print.
Martin,Carol L, and Richard A. Fabes. DiscoveringChild Development.Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co, 2009. Print.