The Excellent Teacher
“Excellent teachers are intentional in all aspects of their role.” (D.A.P pg. 34) This one sentence really made an impact on me. I summed up the section of the text very nicely. The NAEYC position statement gives five areas of a teacher’s role. These areas of practice are creating a community of learners, teaching, planning curriculum, assessment, and establishing a relationship with families. All aspects work together as a whole to complete the role of the teacher. Without even one of the aspects, the role of the teacher is weakened. The excellent teacher utilizes all the roles together to promote children’s learning.
Creating a community of learners means that the teacher and all the students in the classroom work together to create a caring environment where everyone cares about each other. The text states that “the excellent teacher makes it a priority to develop a warm, positive relationship with each child.” (D.A.P pg. 35) It is very important for the teacher to develop a positive bond with each child in the class. Children learn more effectively when they feel cared for by their teacher.
Teaching takes knowledge and good judgment. Teachers need to use different approaches and strategy to best fit their classroom. The text outlines ten different strategies that teachers can use; acknowledge what children do or say, encourage persistence and effort, give specific feedback, model attitudes, demonstrate the correct way, create or add challenge, ask questions to provoke thinking, give assistance, provide information, and give directions. There are also several different types of learning formats. Each format is used for a different purpose. Large group (for sharing experiences), small group (for a more focused experience), Play/learning centers (offers options for engagement), and routines (allows the children opportunities to apply new skills.
Curriculum planning requires the teacher to apply their knowledge and skill. The...