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Placement Diary. During my time at placement I have been involved in several activities with the children. I have aimed to improve the childrens self-reliance by encouraging and motivating them to be able to get themselves changed

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Task 1 P2.1 During my time at placement I have been involved in several activities with the children. I have aimed to improve the children's self-reliance by encouraging and motivating them to be able to get themselves changed i.e. changing into P.E kits, nativity costumes and putting on their coats and outdoor wear such as, scarfs, hats and gloves. Many of the children struggled doing up their top buttons, tying their ties and shoelaces, doing up their zips and Velcro on shoes. All children have different capabilities and work at different paces, whilst some of the children were more than capable of doing these activities others found it very difficult and often got upset and frustrated knowing they couldn't do these themselves. In order to improve the children's self-esteem, I took photographs of each child's face and asked them to paint a picture of themselves doing an activity they like and enjoy. By taking the photographs of the children's faces they instinctively knew to smile which helped boost their self-esteem and put them in a happier mood. Before the children started the painting they had to think of an activity they enjoy, many children said they enjoyed spending time and doing activities with their classmates, therefore I decided to let the children work with a person of their choice, this also helped their self-esteem as they were doing an activity with their friend. ...read more.


P2.3 I feel that the dance routine activity made the children stronger as a team. It reflected both their individualities and personalities. They enjoyed participating and found it very exciting and enjoyable but also very tiring. During this exercise which took place in the morning, made the children feel happy in themselves and more alert ready for the school day ahead. This activity was very popular with pupils and has led to an after-school dance club for all years to attend if they wish to. The painting activity had a positive effect on the children and boosted their self-esteem dramatically. It helped the children to remember previous experiences they enjoyed. They learnt more about their personalities. Every child was happy throughout the activity and some found it very relaxing i.e. one pupil who has learning difficulties and finds it very difficult to stay focused. Teaching the children the self-reliance activities proved very rewarding for them. It made them realise they were capable of doing things they thought they couldn't do. Once they achieved this they were very excited to show off their new skills they had acquired. Task 2 P2.4 Managing children's behaviour is a very difficult skill to master; one approach may work for one child but not for another. ...read more.


Teachers have said the males in the class benefit from me because I too am male. I often work with the boy on a daily basis and work with a group of eight children in the class who are of the poorest ability in the class, now the boy behaves a lot better whenever I am around and I have learnt that some disciplinary strategies work for some children but don't for other children. I believe this is because all children are different so respond to different things. I have noticed when parents drop off and collect their children that some of them also misbehave for their parents but their parents don't discipline them, therefore the children arrive to class thinking they can misbehave and get away with it because they do with their parents. On occasions when I have confronted negative behaviour children have said 'but my mom and dad let me' or 'my mom and don't tell me off' so I start by reminding the children that they are in school now, not home and with me not their parents and then followed on by disciplining them, now the children are aware that in the school behaviour they can't do some of the things they do at home. ?? ?? ?? ?? Thomas Cure Unit 2: Development from conception to age 16 years Evidence Diary ...read more.

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