The excitement that I experienced as a young child about going to Disney World, is the same excitement I am overwhelmed with now about going on this one of a kind practicum. The Reggio Emilia approach is a very common subject discussed in my education classes that continues to blow me away by the results that are obtained. Having the opportunity to experience this approach first hand will change my life both as a person and future teacher. This outstanding approach requires a focuses on a philosophy that encourages students to learn from their experiences, peers and environment. For this philosophy to be successful there are six main factors that must be present.
The excitement that I had as a child about go to Disney World, is the same excitement I am experiencing now about go to Reggio Emilia. the Reggio Emilia approach has been a very common subject discussed in my education classes, that continues to blow me away each time still by how magical this approach is. This is why being able to experience this approach first hand will change my life as a person and future teacher. The philosophy behind this outstanding approach that encourages students to learn from their experiences, peers and environment. Is created through the six main factors that are inherent to this approach’s success.
My educational philosophy about students comes from the perspective that each child is unique and childhood is a valuable stage of development. I believe that all children can learn and it is my job to help them to grow to their fullest potential. I believe that when working with children it is important to have full knowledge of child growth and development. I also believe that children are understood and supported in their development within the context of family, culture and society. NAEYC standards 7.A states that teachers “Know and understand the program families.” For this reason I believe in getting to know each child and their family.
The way I look at education is this: life is hard enough with an education. So why try to go through life without one. As a teacher I want to give children an opportunity for an education so they can make something out of themselves. Every little bit helps and puts you one step closer to your goals in life. Everyone has a purpose in life and I feel that my purpose is to be a teacher.
Teachers provide resources to assistant children’s learning and developing. The curriculum is emergent, meaning the teachers choose topics and projects based on careful listening and observations of their student’s interests, needs and inquiries. Children are encouraged to use materials and media to demonstrate their learning and understanding of a topic or project. Documentations and environment have direct influences in helping children’s learning. Parents and community also play a supportive role in children education (O.E.C.D, 2004).
Firstly, children’s cognitive development is greatly enhanced through visual arts. In order for children to produce art, they have to think of an idea, an experience or feeling and construct symbols to express what they know (Isbell & Raines, 2007). Exploration of art materials help children build a knowledge of their physical properties which supports decision-making, evaluation and problem-solving (Edwards, 2010). Moreover, children will have many opportunities to work together in small groups and will then learn to value others’ ideas (Isbell & Exelby, 2001). Since visual arts is a form of self-expression, children can express their feelings through artworks and hence, learn emotional regulation.
The students need to trust the teacher and the environment of the classroom. I would introduce me, before the school starts, to let them feel comfortable with me. Autonomy plays a big important role in children, for the reason that they would feel proud if they can do most of it by their own. To encourage the autonomy, I will let the children to try everything until they can do it by themselves.
In conclusion, teachers are the basis for all learning, and each one, if properly applied, has a beautiful gift. The gift given to teachers to bestow on their students is something that other people are not able to understand. I personally believe that I am called to teach, love, and nurture children, helping them to understand and retain the necessary knowledge of life. Teaching, for me is a life-long dedication to school, and improving the children that sit within the classrooms. I will dedicate my life-long learning to educating and bettering the lives of students.
Teachers play such an important role in a child’s life. They are often the only one who is there to encourage and support them. If I can make a difference in only one child’s life, then I will have fulfilled my purpose of becoming a teacher. Teaching is not only about standing in front of a classroom and showing children how to work a math problem. It involves a whole different element of modeling for children morals such as respect for oneself as well as others, self-discipline, and a positive self-concept.
Being able to teach information in a way that strikes their curiosity is the first step of successful teaching. The students need to be able to connect with what is being taught on a level that interests them. Letting children have the opportunity to use the information they learn in a practical, hands on, way is very important. The diversity of students is a major factor when it comes to discipline and other methods of teaching. Students learn in a variety of ways.