Competency Statement V
To ensure a well -run , purposeful program that is responsive to participant needs:
To ensure a well-run and purposeful program responsive to the child’s needs I have a daily calendar for each child where I make quick notes of the child’s progress or any concerns. I find daily observation and the documentation of it is an effective way to be able to pin point their individual needs. Identifying a need enables me to modify or focus on certain skills and curriculum. Differentiated instruction can only be obtained through daily observation and developmental testing. My observations are concrete meaning exactly what I see. I never speculate and
once a priority educational,developmental or social emotional priority is identified through observation and testing objectives are set in order to reach goals. Without a purpose one is merely a bystander in education. My method collects data in order to provide instruction for the individual need.
Competency Statement IV
To establish positive and productive relationships with families
The key to establishing positive and productive relationships with families can be summed up in one word “Communication”. Verbal reassurance, interest, understanding, and kindness are my main focus when it comes to family interactions. The family is the one most knowledgeable about their child and is ultimately the key for the child's success. I take full advantage of drop off and pick up times with the most important people in my students lives their parents/ and caregivers. This is the time I use to communicate the child's needs, jot down time of arrival, ask how they slept, when they ate last, and let the caregiver know what/how their child is doing in class. Many families have questions or concerns regarding childcare which I am happy to find resources for them and answer any questions they may have. I am good at taking constructive criticism and explaining why we adhere to certain rules and regulations. I am a huge fan of the home note. An immediate phone call goes out to parents when a child falls ill such as after the third diarrhea, any vomiting, or fever. Daily contact builds a mutual trust that can only be earned. Caregivers and I have a common bond and that is the benefit of the child.
Competency Statement III
To support social and emotional development and provide positive guidance
Every activity and minute by minute interaction support social emotional development and positive guidance. My teaching style is to always go in on a positive especially when error handling. A cool calm demeanor is my motto. There are three rules my students are constantly reminded of and every behavior fits into one of these three categories. You must be safe, respectful and responsible at all times. I encourage this by displaying the high five bee hive which shows under each statement the expected types of behaviors that are safe, respectful, and responsible. Children are rewarded for these behaviors using the token economy reward system. I also use a visual smiley frowny card as a non verbal cue to let them know if they are on track with positive behaviors. If flashed a frowny it opens up dialogue as to what the proper behavior should be and why. Pride in ones self for making good choices is effectively obtained using this system.
Competency Statement II
To advance physical and intellectual competence
To advance physical and intellectual competence I pay close attention to careful lesson planning that meets and exceeds PA keys standards. Curriculum that promotes learning about the body and taking care of it such as a brushing teeth at school routine are done daily. Nutrition and body awareness fundamentals are taught daily. Outside and/or indoor physical exercise are provided twice daily both morning and afternoon. Physical health is related closely with intellectual competence being when you feel your best you do your best. Monster stretches and angel bear yoga provide an awesome start to a great day of learning. The math and science standards are emphasized daily through the use of manipulative's and real world experiences. All key learning areas are addressed weekly to advance physical and intellectual competence.
Competency Statement I
To establish and maintain a safe healthy learning environment:
Awareness of department of welfare regulations and keystone stars standards guide my teaching practices when it comes to providing a safe healthy learning environment for children. A healthy environment is a clean one. Bleach solution bottles are filled, used on all surfaces, and emptied nightly. After the solution is sprayed on a surface I use a timer set at two minutes to insure the surface is properly sanitized before wiping. Hands are washed before and after eating which are dried using an automatic paper towel dispenser. Tables are sprayed before and after eating. Safe play rules are strictly enforced. Locks on cabinets and refrigerators are secured consistently. An outlet switch cover check is done daily in the morning. At mealtimes I never walk away from the table when children are eating. Renewing my CPR certification every two years is a top priority. Daily diligence is what it takes to maintain a safe healthy learning environment.