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REFLECTING ON TEHORY AND PRACTICE

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ECA - Reflecting on Theory and Practice Changes in Thinking (750) Currently 1221 Reflect on and analyse my roles and responsibilities as a pre-school teacher/deputy manager, then reflect on overall benefits from studying this course My primary role at my setting is to ensure that the children's well-being and safety is in mind at all times. I endeavour to provide good quality care and education for all children attending. A noted in Study Topic One, "the Start Right Report used the term 'educare' to described the way in which both care and education combine in early years settings", Ball, 1994, page 11. See appendix one, from tma01, for a more detailed overview of my roles and responsibilities within my setting. Chapter 4 of the reader emphasises that "adults need to be skilled and knowledgeable and have a willingness to reflect on his or her practice and learn from this", Karstadt, Lilley and Miller, 2003, page 43. Before I would carryout my daily tasks without considering the principles behind the actions. I have made a serious effort to spend time on self-reflection, I have learnt to critically analyse my own actions as well as the behaviour of the children. The course has showed me how to structure and document my observations so they can be acted upon more efficiently. I can now plan more effectively using techniques that have been recently introduced, discussed shortly. In my new position as deputy manager I have been given more responsibility to make sure that not just myself but others around me are performing as highly as possible. The methods I have studied have been passed on to my colleagues in an effort to raise the settings standards as a whole. I have cultivated better relationships with other staff, especially he manager, as we have spent time liasing to introduce some changes that were dreamed up during my previous TMAs. ...read more.

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It is important that the children learn to celebrate the subtle individualities of those around them, and those they will encounter later in life, from an early age. I believe promoting understanding and acceptance now will prevent prejudices in the future. We have had many positive comments from parents regarding these changes, especially when their child has surprised them by thanking them in Hungarian at the dinner table at home. Do I consider myself more effective in terms of learning and care? If so, how do I know this? I have definitely grown into a more effective practitioner. Beyond boosting my enthusiasm of play and I have extended my knowledge of play and been inspired to develop our previous methods. Gaining awareness of how children grow, mentally and creatively, I can now adapt techniques for each child in my class. They are all at varying stages and I feel in a stronger position to plan how to move each child positively through their development. Other practitioners within my setting have also been inspired to enrol on the course after discussions on how the course has given me a deeper insight into how children learn. (800 words) Approaches to Learning (700) currently 688 Consider various approaches to working with children (ST13) An area like child development, with so many variables and inconstant factors, is always going to yield constantly evolving practices and new theories. I believe that the best approach is to recognise the main theories and create an amalgamate of the parts that the individual finds works best. Study topic 13 discusses five of the most recognised approaches to teaching and learning. * Rudolph Steiner * Maria Montessori * Loris Malaguzzi (Reggio Emilia) * Chris Athey * Te Whariki Please refer to the appendix for a description of each approaches main characteristics. Focus on one or more approaches; describe how it relates to my provision From the above five disciplines the Reggio Emillia approach that is the most akin to the ethos at my setting. ...read more.

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My aims are to climb the academic 'ladder' in order to achieve the best of myself. Upon completion of the current course I wish to immediately begin E124, completing it in Summer 2008. In terms of professional advancement and career development I hope to complete a foundation degree in early years and then progress to teacher training or a PGCE. It is possible that I could posses the qualifications for a teaching position in 2013. Summary Include a short paragraph stating where I am now and where I expect to go next. At the present time I am happy to continue my work amongst my nursery class, for at least the next year, and explore my recently acquired position of deputy manager. Our setting abides by the policies dictated by Ofstead, and other local education authorities, but in a more senior role I have more of an impact in the methods we use to cover the syllabus. Through this course I hope to learn techniques to streamline some of the more administrative tasks required to maximise the time that carers spend with the children. My setting provides me with opportunities to participate at in-house training, helping me to keep my knowledge refreshed and to stay familiar with any developments within the birth to five framework. Over the next few years my main goal, academically, is to complete my certificate in early years and immediately follow this up with an early years foundation degree. My time amongst the children at nursery has been a privilege to nurture their development and seeing the results, and hearing the feedback from parents, has felt very fulfilling. If the chance at this stage presents itself then I would be interested in a position as a teaching assistant to gain experience of the field I wish to enter. My foremost hope here is to pursue a full teaching career, perhaps participating in a postgraduate initial teacher training (ITT) course or the PGCE fulltime course at university. (750 words) ?? ?? ?? ?? E123 ECA Reflecting on Theory and Practice ...read more.

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