Mrs. Ashland’s classroom is good though I would personally opt for Reggio Emilia methodology way of doing things. I think this is the best because the child is always involved and they will always be participating in whatever we are doing in class. As proven from done before, when the child is involved, they tend to memorize more and even retain more information than they would otherwise. This is very important in sharpening the child for the future and preparing them for schooling and education at large. I also feel that Mrs. Ashland’s classroom relates to Reggio Emilia because the children are allowed to choose what they like and hence inculcating the culture of freedom to the children. The difference between this and Mrs. Ashland’s class is that Reggio Emilia Takes the teacher as one who is also learning while here the teacher is the sole instructor. The teacher is involved in the student leaning and takes the role of guidance of the when need be but also actively participating with the child learning.
The one modification that would be made would involve involving the children in making many decisions and choosing from many options. When playing, the children should be allowed to participate in any play activity they want. This will enable them discover what they are good at. On the teacher’s part, I would involve the teacher in the students learning process. The child would be better placed in handling whatever comes their way as they as the teacher is involved in learning rather than just receiving instructions. This would make Mrs. Ashland’s classroom be in line with Reggio Emilia’s methodology. The book I have chosen for my analysis is Behavior Management: A Whole-School Approach by Bill Rogers. This books at the whole development of the child from the early years to the later years in child’s school life. It puts everything into consideration.
Bill Rogers (2007) .Behavior Management: A Whole-School Approach, London: Paul Chapman, 2007.
As per what we are learning and the book we are using, the curriculum is chosen for you and you. It has many areas of specialization and will probably include the science, math etc. When it comes to the curriculum to be followed, the private and also the public have different they can choose from. Having their own specific tailored to meet their need is the best t handle this. In accordance to NAEYC standards, curriculum choices have to be curtailed to meet the student’s specific needs and should be able to prepare the child to face the next level of academics(Krogh, 2013). Bottom-line, NAEYC standards provides all that is required for this. The curriculum choices are based on first the setting that the child is at then later the child is freely able to choose what they like while on the other hand full filling the full development of the child. The child has freedom to choose and interact with the outer world while in the same time nurturing their whole development.
For all this to be achieved in one class, the teacher must be in touch with the children and always guide them in realizing what they can and maybe even discovering other things. When they are allowed to interact with the outer world, they tend to learn faster and the teacher should be their side to ensure that they get the concept right. Maybe because the children are still young and might not fully be in a position to remember most of the things, the curriculum should always be balanced and keeping them being natured.
Krogh, S. (2013). A bridge to the classroom and early care: ECE capstone. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
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