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REFLECTIVE JOURNAL WEEK 8

The California competencies prepares early childhood educators with the knowledge and skills

needed to provide responsive caregiving and high-quality early childhood practice, “The

responsiveness of early childhood educators to the social, emotional, and physical needs of

young children has a profound influence on the children’s development and learning” (CDE,

2011). The California competencies provides an understanding of the major developmental

theories and current research, and it also helps early childhood educators to apply that

knowledge to practice. Early childhood professionals make decisions based upon knowledge of

early childhood theories and practices which involves diversity, children's developmental stages

and family.

I am not yet working with my ECE experience gained through my ECE courses. My ECE courses

have taught me what it takes to be an effective and professional early childhood educator. To

effectively work with children, I need to be patient, respectful, have effective communication

skills, creative and flexible. For me to be an effective teacher, I have to use observations in my

classroom. Through observations, I will be able to know my student’s level of interest in and

response to the environment, their ability to solve problems, communication skills, motor

functioning, and social skills. It will help me know the children who need lesson or classroom

modification. Classroom observations also help teachers in creating a developmentally

appropriate practice, which involves teachers meeting students at their level, “Preschool

teachers are taught that all behavior is communication and we are trained to observe,

document, and analyze children’s behavior to understand what they are telling us”, (NAEYC). I

learned that children need safe environment that supports their learning, social and emotional
wellbeing. As an early childhood educator, I am responsible for the welfare of the children in

my care. I am aware that being an early childhood educator is not just about teaching the

children how to read or write, but it also requires us to protect them from the harm's way both

in in their physical environment at school and outside of school.

I know how to use the CA Preschool Learning Foundation which describes knowledge and skills

children are expected to show in a high-quality program before entering kindergarten. As a

teacher, I will use these foundation to guide my lesson planning and teaching. Assessment is

very important in assessing the children’s strengths, needs and progress. Assessments such as

observation, documentation of children’s work, checklists, and portfolios can be used. I would

use observations and documentation to assess my students progress.

I am aware of the NAEYC ethical codes of conduct; I have gained the knowledge needed to

tackle any ethical dilemmas I may encounter and how to identify it, “These ethical issues are

apt to surface as you interact with children, families, coworkers, and community members”,

(NAEYC).

I am looking forward to using my knowledge and experiences gained in my ECE courses to teach

and nurture children.


https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/documents/ececompetencies2011.pdf

https://www.naeyc.org/resources/pubs/books/excerpt-from-ethics-educator-third-edition

https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/families/observation-key-to-understanding-your-child