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Standard 1:

1a:Knowing and understanding young childrens characteristics and


needs
1b: Knowing and understanding the multiple influences on
development and learning
1c: Using developmental knowledge to create healthy, respectful,
supportive, and challenging learning environments
Meeting the needs of young children is something that I have
always felt plays a major role in an early childhood classroom. I touch
on this in my philosophy statement when I address that children play
just as much of a role in curriculum as the teacher. Understanding the
student as a child first and appealing to their strengths is something
that I have demonstrated through the multi-modal opportunities
presented in my lessons and my assessments. Through my different
field experiences, I have had the opportunity to adjust to the various
influences affecting each individual community of learners. Family
background, socio-economic status, and personality are areas I took
into consideration when creating plans to reach the needs of each
individual child during instruction. Through my experiences of
volunteering in a hospital and working in a classroom listed on my
resume, I have learned how to gain rapport with children by creating
supportive environments. A challenging learning environment will help
each child reach their full potential and be their best possible self. I
have met this standard by being aware of each childs capabilities and
adjusting lessons and learning experiences to allow them to use their
full potential.
Standard 4. Using Developmentally Effective Approaches to Connect
with Children and Families
4a:Understanding positive relationships and supportive interactions as
the foundation of their work with children
4b:Knowing and understanding effective strategies and tools for early
education
4c:Using a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate
teaching/learning approaches
4d: Reflecting on their own practice to promote positive outcomes for
each child
As an educator of young children, gaining positive and
supportive relationships with children and their families plays a key
role in the success of the child. Instilling confidence in learners and
motivating them to be their best possible self is included in my
philosophy statement. Through adding accommodations in lesson
plans that will reach each learner is one way I have set a foundation for

supportive interactions with children. Applying effective strategies into


the classroom is a practice that can be seen in the chosen activities in
my lessons. I chose active and multimodal activities that are
developmentally appropriate for children. I stated in my philosophy
statement that children help drive curriculum, which shows my
practice of reflecting on instruction and making adaptions to create
positive outcomes for children. Technology is also an important tool in
early childhood. My resum documents the knowledge I have of
various devices that I can integrate into a classroom. Goal setting for
each individual child will also help create positive outcomes for each
child. As part of my assessment, I make sure to give feedback to
children in a way they can understand in an oral or written manner and
also review the assessment and offer educational goals or strategies
for the future.
Standard 6 - Reading, Writing, and Oral Communication
Key elements of Standard 6
6a:Identifying and involving oneself with the early childhood field
6b:Knowing about and upholding ethical standards and other
professional guidelines
6c:Engaging in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice
6d:Integrating knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on
early education
6e:Engaging in informed advocacy for children and the profession
Knowledge of reading, writing, and oral communication is
another standard I have been able to demonstrate. This is exemplified
through my collaboration with all of my cooperating teachers at my
various field placements. Professional development is another key
attribute of this standard. I have met this by participating in various
meetings during my student teaching placement, such as a NAYEC
accreditation conference. I also played a big role in in creating work
sample portfolios for each student to communicate their learning over
an extended period of time. In the assessment section of my portfolio,
it shows my ability to communicate childrens learning in all of those
areas as well as express the meaning of their work to parents and
professionals. Through case study work, I have played an active role in
involving myself in the early childhood field and deeply exploring
various topics within the field. My case study focused on assessment,
and my written report on the case study also demonstrates my ability.
Reading, writing, and oral communication across all domains is
important for the children to practice everyday as well. My lessons
reflect this and create opportunities for peer-to-peer communication as
well as peer to teacher. Student activities integrate all of these areas
and I use my knowledge of these areas as an educator to plan
instruction.

Standard 8 - Collaborative Relationships


The competent teacher builds and maintains collaborative relationships to
foster cognitive, linguistic, physical, and social and emotional
development. This teacher works as a team member with professional
colleagues, students, parents or guardians, and community members.
I have demonstrated this standard through a variety of ways. An
important collaborative relationship I need is with my students. Young
children work directly with their teacher and need to develop a
foundation of trust and respect in order for the teacher to foster their
linguistic, physical, and social and emotional development. My ability
to create ad maintain these relationships can be seen in my
evaluations from previous placements. I have huge desire to help
children understand feelings and recognize that even though they are
small, they still can experiences stress as need appropriate coping
strategies. Young children need to feel supported by their teacher and I
consider it my responsibility to initiate conversations and actions to
present that attitude in my students. My ability to work as a team with
professional colleagues is evident in my letters of recommendations
from the professionals I have worked with. Throughout a typical school
day, I converse with speech pathologists, occupational therapy
professionals, as well as other staff. I have also familiarized myself with
the Illinois Early Learning Standards to create quality lesson plans and
analyze information from case studies. My instructional plans and
materials reflect my understanding of developmentally appropriate
targets across all domains. My case study evaluations demonstrate my
ability to understand demonstration of cognitive, linguistic, physical,
and social emotional norms and ranges for individual students.
Standard 9 - Professionalism, Leadership, and Advocacy
The competent teacher is an ethical and reflective practitioner who
exhibits professionalism; provides leadership in the learning
community; and advocates for students, parents or guardians, and the
profession.
Professionalism, leadership, and advocacy are very important
standards to uphold as a professional in education. I feel I am a very
strong leader and have been a leader in many of my extra curricular
activities mentioned in my resum. Maintaining professional
relationships with families is important as well. In case studies, I have
remained professional on visits and maintained confidentiality. Taking
on leadership roles within the classroom setting has been achieved
through writing parent newsletters, instructing and leading activities,
as well as acting as a role model for my students. Advocating for the
profession is an area of this standard I feel strongly about. Currently,
education is experiencing a lot of changes and society does not always

understand the integrity and professional knowledge a teacher needs


on a day-to-day basis. My philosophy statement helps demonstrate my
connection and passion for the teaching career. I have often found
myself speaking to peers or community members about the credibility
of the career. My student teaching placement was at a socio-economic
at risk early childhood center. During this experience I learned the
necessity of being an advocate for young children to have all the tools,
love, and support they need to be successful.