To maintain a commitment to professionalism I will introduce daily opportunities for the children within the classroom to explore their surrounding world through play, examination, art and science activities and much more. The children will be encouraged to explore each center within the classroom; these centers will be set up based upon the theme of the week. There will be an art center, a library, a block area, a home living center, and a manipulative and science/sensory center within the classroom.At times some of these centers may be changed according to the theme plan for the week.
A lesson plan will be posted for the parents to view each week. At the end of the day there is a daily event note posted on the door to let each parent view what we did during the day. Also, a “toddler gram/infant gram” note will go home with each child stating the art activity, the science/sensory activity, the gross motor activity (outside play), as well as diaper change/potty time, what we had for a snack and lunch, and any reminders for the following day. We have incorporated a monthly calendar.Each parent may take this home to give them an idea of the theme that we will be doing each week, any important dates that are coming up, and any reminders that may be needed. Twice per year there are conference times set up for the parents to meet with teachers regarding to the progress of their child and what we will be working on for the remainder of the year. The parents are encouraged to attend one or both of these.
If the parents have questions or concerns, they are encouraged to ask at anytime, whether it is daily or at the time of the conferences.Also if a parent would like to have a consultation before or after the arranged times, they are encouraged to seek this opportunity at any time. For personal growth I will attend any workshop that will encourage and help me implement various activities within the classroom. As a professional, I promote child development, learning and building family and community relationships. I continue to attend professional development sessions and read articles about early childhood. My on-site professional development deals with areas such as the curriculum, nutrition, health, mental health, career development and parent involvement.As a teacher assistant, I do on-going observation of the children in the classroom; I gather information about many skills on a checklist.
This includes writing, print awareness, language, and the purposeful use of materials (art and crafts). When I do observations, they include detailed notes so I can relate them more easily to many of the goals and objectives set for the children. I focus on about four children a day and spend about fifteen minutes during rest time looking over my observations. I make sure the classroom is arranged so that there are interesting hands-on activities for all children.Also, I arrange space so that the children can navigate in and out of the space safely. I help choose activities that best meet all children’s abilities.
Furthermore, I participant in helping the children at meal times, and I guide them washing their hands before and after each meal. I have the children assist in setting the tables, instruct them to keep all food and utensils on the placemats, and encourage them to use all utensils. I sit at the table with the children and model appropriate mealtime behavior.