ECE 430 Discussion 1 Golden Apple Award

Golden Apple Award

There has been some massive improvement in the field of early childhood education in the last few years. Great standards of professionalism and financial support have increased the reach and quality of early of childhood education. But an equally important component that requires teacher’s attention is the development of a good disposition in order to be an effective trainer. According to Katz (1979), disposition is a habit of the mind that is relatively stable that influences an educator’s attitude and reaction in daily interactions in an early childhood setting.

Mrs. Ashland deserves to receive the Golden Apple Award because she possesses the requisite qualities and dispositions of an effective early childhood educator according to Carter and Curtis (1994). She takes keen interest in every individual child and tries to foster development of that individual child for instance Jane’s mother, Mrs. Smith narrates of how she has modified her daughter’s work to allow Jane to participate in activities that correspond with her IEP goals. Maya’s parents narrates how their daughter wasn’t good at English but with the teacher’s help their daughter Maya has improved. This shows that Mrs. Ashland is curios and takes keen interest in the development of children and she has a great heart for them.

Mrs. Ashland is also willing to take risks and she is not afraid to make mistakes this is exemplified by her willingness to sit parents down and talk t them about the performance and mannerisms of their children for instance she isn’t afraid to let parents know about the poor performance in class of their son. Mrs. Ashland also seeks out Jack’s parents about their son’s tantrums and temper; a clear indication that she can go an extra mile for the sake of the children she loves.

Mrs. Ashland also displays characteristics as displayed in NAEYC’s Statement of Commitment such as supporting families as they nurture they children ,never harms children and her programs are based on current knowledge to ensure the wholesome development of children.


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Katz, L. (1979). Helping others learn to teach: Some principles and techniques for inservice

educators. Urbana, IL. ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education.

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