A personal philosophy of early childhood education statement is a one- to two-page document that informs potential employers or graduate school admissions directors about your strengths and teaching orientation. A clear, well-written document should demonstrate your knowledge of teaching styles, your strengths as a teacher, your understanding of National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) requirements and the underlying philosophy that guides your curriculum and classroom management choices.
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Clearly define your idea of a preschool teacher's role. Include information about teacher-led versus child-led activities, the teacher's role in play and the presentation of new ideas versus child-made discoveries. Consider including a statement of what you hope the children in your class will become.
Discuss the child's role as learner. Describe your philosophy of how a child learns best and what kinds of opportunities should be in the classroom to facilitate her learning. Include both open-ended and structured learning activities and discuss their ideal proportion in your classroom.
Address both special needs accommodations and celebrations of diversity. Include a statement on how children with special needs will be welcomed into your classroom and strategies for meeting their needs without taking away from the needs of your typically developing students. Diversity is also a critical element to consider in the establishment of a warm and welcoming classroom. Clearly define how you will meet these needs.
Define your curricular orientation. Include information on what led you to your beliefs, but be careful of criticising other approaches. Consider connecting information about your curricular orientation with your statements about a teacher's role in an early childhood education setting.
Describe your approach to classroom management. Include information on how you will address behavioural issues as they occur and why you believe that your approach will be effective. Be specific. For example, consider your willingness to utilise timeouts.
Include information about your approach to family inclusion in your classroom. Consider how you will incorporate parents into your classroom. Outline your strategy for both establishing and maintaining open lines of communication with family members.
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