The role of a preschool teacher is to provide intellectual and moral development and encouragement of children’s ideas to reveal potential talents and abilities. The teacher should explain that everyone’s opinion in the class matters through nourishing children the ability to listen and respect others. My sincere expectations are that children will be sharing their discoveries and ideas with me openly. Essentially, students’ success depends heavily on the teacher’s professionalism (Young 13). The playtime and child-led activities will make me not only a good teacher but a reliable friend for them.
I believe that children learn not through memorizing facts but rather through interaction and active engagement. In addition to structured learning, it is vital to introduce different activities, such as discussions, games, music, competitions, or outdoor walks to facilitate the highest level of learning for all students. The ideal ratio of structured learning activities and open-ended ideas is 60% to 40% relatively. Open-ended ideas will help to unlock the potential of children as learners.
The classroom should have a friendly atmosphere and acceptance of each student. Essentially, teachers need to encourage children with disabilities through games and group activities to make them feel like an important part of society. I will include music and interactive games to erase the cultural differences of children. My philosophy is to explain that every child is a part of society, regardless of the culture or particular characteristics.
The milestone in my teaching philosophy is to encourage children’s creativity, and develop them not only intellectually, but also socio-emotionally. Every child is special, and I will try to find my approach to each child. NAEYC standards highlight that child development, observations to support young children, approaches’ functional implementation, and field experiences are crucial for preschool education (Spirakus 82). Hence, my role as a preschool teacher is to make sure that I follow the NAEYC standards.
Interacting with children actively and attempting to resolve conflicts peacefully is my approach to classroom conflict management. It is vital that children share their experiences and are not afraid to express their feelings. As a punishment, I will conduct educational conversations and discuss their behavioral mistakes. Time-outs are effective if the conflict occurred during the game. Thus, the child will learn that conflicts have negative consequences. To actively involve families, I will hold parent-teacher meetings to discuss and highlight the achievements of the children, as well as organize joint trips and activities for children and parents.
Spirakus, Maria. A Comparative Document Analysis on Early Childhood Teacher State Requirements, NAEYC Standards and Developmental Theories. 2018. Northern Arizona University, PhD dissertation.
Young, Jemimah L., et al. “Deconstructing Teacher Quality in Urban Early Childhood Education.” Journal for Multicultural Education, vol. 12, no. 1, 2018, pp. 25-34.