A Personal Education Philosophy

Personal Philosophy of Education

            As an early childhood educator, I realize that I play a major part in the beginning education of small children. I believe that the goal of early childhood education is to support and advance children’s development by fostering their individuality, letting them explore their creativity, and help create their ability to become social beings with independent thoughts. By fostering individuality, you are allowing the child to identify with themselves, figuring out through their senses what their likes and dislikes are. Exploring their creativity allows the child the ability to free their minds and use their imaginations and giving them the tools to interact with others their age and have the freedom to make their own decisions.

I believe the purpose of early childhood education is instituting the basic building blocks of learning in a child’s early years. This is both important and rewarding. Birth through age five is a pivotal time in a child’s development. These are the critical years when a child is most influential and can be easily exposed to learning. Being a part of the initial fundamentals a child needs to grow and adapt into a successful individual is far more gratifying than any salary. A wise friend of mine who has been a 60 year old dentist Pittsburgh and 27 year old father explained how grant it, money is needed to live and operate in society on a daily basis, but giving a young person the tools to be a success academically and personally is worthwhile.

Every child has certain learning and developmental needs. These needs include fostering oral language and communication, making the most of the environment and daily routines, focusing on each child individual personality and characteristics; linking their culture into the learning experience; teaching through social interactions ; teaching conflict resolution and redirecting negative behavior and using technology.

I believe that effective teaching is tailored to the needs of each child when all children’s levels of learning are acknowledged and understood. Through small group activities, group activities and one-on-one, the learning capacities of the children can be observed so that as the teacher I can adjust my lesson plans and curriculum accordingly.

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Pedagogy of Listening Observation and Analysis

Often times as educators we are so focused on teaching material to students, that if we just sat back and “listened” to them, we would learn a great deal about them and they too can play the teachers to show us some things. I like the quote in the summary of the assignment description. It states “Listening… means giving value to the other; it does not matter whether you agree” (Rinaldi, 2006). As a mother I find myself wanting to interrupt or cut off some of the things my oldest says without even really taking time to listen to her. Allowing her the ability to freely express her thoughts enables me to understand fully her own unique thought process and supports the Constructivist approach in knowing a student’s suppositions. Brooks agrees with this statement by saying “Students in classrooms that emphasize ‘rightness and wrongness’ cease to offer their views on issues unless they feel confident that their acknowledged and discussed” (Brooks, 1999). It is important to observe and listen to our students so that we can see how they learn and really find out their interests. I have found within my area of professionalism that observations are great ways to note where children are. In this paper you will read about an observation that took place within my home of one of my nieces.

Halo is my niece and I have had the pleasure of watching her grow up from a tiny, bowlegged toddler to a talkative kindergartner today. Halo is 5 years old but has always been ahead of her time. She is an energetic, enthusiastic little girl that has lots of conversations and opinions. She enjoys dancing, eating and playing with her Barbie dolls. I observed Halo last Saturday afternoon after doing her hair. My daughter was out of town (her usual playmate of choice) so I was able to spend an afternoon with her and my son alone and when I read this assignment was excited to have the pleasure of writing about my observations.

Initially entering my home, Halo excitedly ran up the steps automatically searching for my daughter. After explaining her absence, she seemed to be a little disappointed but then quickly stated that it was ok to spend the afternoon with me! We began to braid her hair and seeing my son playing alone immediately gravitated towards playing with him. Having a 3 year age difference, there was no hesitation in dominating the situation. They were playing with my son’s vetch smart cars fire station and she jumped right in to tell him how to play, what to do, and what car he could have. Him, being younger and her “being the boss” allowed her to control the play which I thought was going to be a tragic situation because my son is very strong willed and likes his way. I was pleasantly surprised that although giving instructions, her demeanor was very gentle and my son seemed to enjoy playing along with her. He welcomed and requested her instruction for what to do with his cars and got a kick out of her car noises and animated ad libs. After about 10mins of following instructions and nap time growing closer, my son grew impatient with following her lead and began doing his own thing. Halo initially became very annoyed because he was no longer playing the she wanted with his things! She also stated many times that she was older and he needed to listen to her. I had to explain to Halo that because of their age differences that he was only going to follow suit for a short period of time and that those were his toys that normally he plays with however he likes without interruption and although she is older, she must respect the fact that those are his toys and that she cannot boss him into playing how she wants. This situation supports the psychoanalytic perspective that the ego is active and autonomous and involves competence, control and positive relationships with others (Copple, 2012).

There was a specific time within this play that the behavioral learning theory was exhibited. Halo was instructing Cameron (my son) how to properly put the car tracks together and then roll the cars across it. She both instructed and showed him how to do it and then told him if he allowed the track to stay together she would “allow” him to have a second car to push along. This is in line with the texts description of the behavioral theory perspective. “ A child needs to learn to assess the relative value of different rewards, choose appropriate goals for the setting & the child’s own level, give themselves previously learned instructions or successfully follow instructions provided by others and monitoring their own actions.

After completing her hair, I put my son down for nap and Halo immediately ran to the mirror to look at herself. All you could hear was her self-praise and admiration for what she looked like and I immediately noticed how high her self-esteem was at 5! Being the flamboyant personality she is, she then wanted to dress up and ran to my daughters dress up clothes. She then immediately went into full dramatic play mode grabbing the baby dolls and dishes to have a tea party. I figured she may ask for some assistance because as my daughter does she needs an extra real person to play tea with. Not Halo! She played all the characters and even changed tones and voices to represents each different baby. Her ability to be so imaginative and created for such a long period (35min exactly) was astounding. By allowing her to dress up and play out her own imaginative story is supporting the growth of complex dramatic play roles and rules and encouraging independent learning and problem solving (Copple 2012). This was great evidence of her ability to self-regulate. After the tea party, she moved on to the dolls and doll house where she again let her creativity emerge until it was time to clean up and her mother came.

It was very interesting to watch Halo individual play and interaction with my son. From watching her alone I see that she is very comfortable with actively playing alone and needs no one to enjoy the materials she is presented with. Her confidence and dominant personality is showing not only within herself but in her interactions with others. One concerning issue is her need to be “the boss” of her peers and younger ones around her. Existing in an age and time where bullying is present and growing, this can eventually be misunderstood and possibly turn into that without proper guidance of her educators, parents and family around her. From watching Halo, it gave me a slight glimpse into the maturity and independence that my daughter will soon develop. It gave me the ability to see that dramatic play is a great way for children to express themselves freely and use their imaginations. It is also a way for them to show how they interact with others and how they apply their problem solving skills with conflict resolution.

By watching Halo, it has shown me the importance of dramatic play and that I should incorporate more activities involving these elements to help develop their imaginations and relationships skills. It also encourages me to provide more free evolving activities that involve the children exploring materials freely and coming up with their own learning experiences without my direction.


1. Copple, Carol. (2012). Growing Minds: Building strong cognitive foundations in early childhood. Washington, D.C.:NAEYC

2. Brooks, J.G. & Brooks M. G. (1999). In Search of Understanding: The Case for constructivist classrooms. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

3. Rinaldi, C. (2006). In dialogue with Reggio Emilia: Listening, researching, and learning. New York: Routledge.

Comparing 2 Educational Systems

Education is a broad topic that can apply to many different things on many different levels. Its systems, orchestration, organization and components can be similar but yet very different when looking at different cities, states, countries and nations. In this paper, two countries educational systems, New Zealand and, will be described and compared and contrasted to that of the United States. Based off of the fact and information provided a general statement in reference to preference will be made to conclude the paper.

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You ever wonder why when you studied for a test you always needed note cards or when the teacher lectured to the class for the whole hour and it was hard for you to understand?  These things have a lot to do with you as a student and how you learn. Lisa Leopold defines learning styles as the cognitive, effective and physiological traits that are relatively stable indicators of how learners perceive, interact with and respond to the learning environment and the general approaches students use. They influence the way you understand information and solve problems.

There are four main ways individuals learn: visually, aurally, or tacitly. Answering a few key questions allows you the ability to define which one you are. Before taking the assessment I had an idea of how I thought I interpreted and understood information. In undergrad it was always important for me to read the information over and over so that on test day I could literally see in my notes where it was (visual). It was also important for me attend lecture to hear the explanations (aural) of the pictures and charts, to read the textbook one time, highlight the information, write the highlighted important notes and then study those, in addition to writing note cards with key information (written). From the way I did things, I assumed that I was a visual, aural learner. Going into the assessment, I figured the same or similar results would be produced and in a sense I was correct.

After taking the education planner assessment, it was proven that I was a 45 %Visual learner, 35% auditory and 20% tactile. As a visual learner, I learn by reading or looking at pictures and remember these things by physically looking at them. I agreed with the test because as mentioned earlier, my method for studying and being engaged in class was based off of the visual method. Attending class in a physical classroom made this very easy for me to be successful and do well. Therefore, starting a graduate program totally online, even before knowing my exact learning style gave me some anxiety. Sure, I had taken online classes before but they were science classes and the laboratory portion took place in a physical classroom. On top of that working full time, taking care of my two year old and newborn son

Public Policy Critique

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) began as the National Association for Nursery Education (NANE) in the 1920’s. In 1964, it was revamped as The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC is the largest accrediting assembly for preschool programs. It has become this nation’s inaugural institution for the professionals of early childhood. This institution has ironclad research-based standards and administered resources to enhance the quality of the programs, amplify the working conditions and professional development of staff and to assist families and communities in learning about and understanding the need for supremacy early childhood education. Through working with other agencies, their position statements, and its national voluntary accreditation system, NAEYC has become the pioneer in advocating excellence in early childhood education for all adolescents from birth through 8 years of age. According to NAEYC, this organization believes that every child should be provided with affordable, high quality early childhood services and programs. It is also mandatory that all programs and services provided be respectful and supportive no matter what the child’s race, religion, gender, language, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, socio-economic and cultural heritage are. Also all children along with their families have the right to be safe and secure while in their homes, their educational setting, and their communities. Ensuring high quality safeguards is a major element of the early childhood education policy. A system must be in place to ensure that every child is safe and will be provided quality care. According to NAEYC, they have created 10 Early Childhood Program Standards and related accreditation Criteria. The one that was interesting to us was Standard 10 D, Health, Nutrition, and Safety Policies and Procedures. It is a written program of policies in order to endorse wellness and safeguard the health of both children and adults. These procedures address: Sanitation and hygiene, supervision of children when near equipment where injury can occur, steps to reduce infectious diseases, environmental exposure, supporting staff by providing referrals to resources that support them in wellness, prevention and treatment of depression and stress management, administering of medication to children and criteria for when to include or exclude a sick child, the providing of an appropriate and comfortable location when a ill child is waiting to retrieved by their guardian, providing of adequate nutrition for both adult and child, napping arrangements, how to maintain the facility and its equipment and the prohibition of firearms, smoking and any other hazards that poses a threat to child and adult.

Within the early childhood education system, many standards are conveniently used and misused depending on the demands of the center. Although as Standard 10D the area of health, wellness, safety, and nutrition are major areas within an early childhood program that can be overlooked or just plain ignored. For example when talking about steps to reducing infectious disease, all early childhood centers are required to have sanitation procedures clearly stated and followed on a continuous basis but, when they aren’t in place or are not being enforced because of poor time management, Policy 10D is not upheld. Another issue within this policy is when a child is determined ill within a center and there is no secluded area for the child to be kept or to be supervised by staff because of shortages or lack of space; the policy cannot be upheld. For the most part centers lose sight of the importance of the quality of the overall center as appose to the quantity and money. Yes without children enrolled money cannot be made but a lot of people lose sight of the importance of the center: the early education of children. Standard 10 incorporates some key essential elements that regulate a successful center, at the same time because of the misguidance and misdirection that administration can take on, causing them not be upheld.

The rationale of this policy is to ensure effective execution structures, knowledgeable leadership, as well as comprehensive and well-functioning administrative policies, procedures and systems. In doing this will create an high-quality care and education environment by maintaining stable staff, promoting effective communication, useful consultative services, positive community relationships and supportive and positive workplaces.


Early Childhood Education Program Observations and Report

I write this post immediately after picking up my children from child care with some luxury limo service atlanta to surprise them. I got to enjoy their excitement regardless of the day prior they had. I immediately started thinking, why not choose a care center and report on my examinations and observations. The look on the faces of a 5 and 2 year old when they see someone they love pick them up says everything is perfect and our day was amazing, but how does it read between the time I drop them off and pick up.   I chose an early child care center for a report on the birth-preschool category at the Goddard School in the Infant class room. The Goddard school is a private pre-school that serves children age 6wks- 11yrs. They believe in the FLEX Learning curriculum which is learning through play. They focus on building each child emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills and they offer a variety of multi-cultural and developmentally appropriate activates and materials.

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Behavior Reduction Strategies

            Behavior can be a major issue when within the educational setting. Even the strictest of teachers cannot often times avoid these instances. An analogy that made sense came from electrician that witnessed a temper tantrum with my young nephew during his service at residence. Him being a dedicated educator as well as electrician said ‘kids behavior can be as lively as an electric current, and if you want to understand creating stability and harnessing this rapid surge you yourself must strive to become a master of the craft. By the way he truly is a master of his profession at the Electrician Marietta Ga, but most importantly I began realizing he was right utilizing certain strategies and coming up with ways to prevent misbehavior can create a successful, healthy learning environment. Here a behavioral strategy chart will be created to show different ways to handle effectively misbehavior within the classroom. The Chart is as follows:
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Entertaining Development for Children

Human Development and Educational Psychology in Children’s Television Programming

Bubble Guppies

  • Description

1. Comes on Saturday morning at 10 and 1030am on Nickelodeon

2. Apart of the Nickjr segment on Nickelodeon geared toward preschool aged children

3. Underwater adventures of a group of friends who make different discoveries and go on adventures

4. Colorful characters that sing catchy songs and have great musical presentations

5. Uses kid friendly humor

6. Interactive and engaging by asking children questions throughout the show.

7. Encourages creativity, use of imagination and problem solving

8. Various topics that preschoolers can understand and relate to

a. First day of school

b. What’s in a supermarket?

c. Camping

d. Having a pet

e. Learning about Dinosaurs

f. Job professions

g. Going to the Doctor, just to name a few

9. Increases family communication by establishing talking points valid to the TV show

  • Advertisements

1. Upcoming kid shows

2. Kids products and toys

3. Chuck-E-Cheese

4. Disney World

5. New kid’s movies being promoted

6. Kid cereals and food items

                        a. Lucky Charms

                        b. Gogurt

The Bubble Guppies program is a great show that I enjoy watching with my children. Their colorful environment and great music catches not only my toddler’s attention but mine as well. Having a preschooler, it is refreshing to see a television program that addresses a lot of the topics and thoughts that a typical preschooler may have. The particular episode was talking about having pets and reviewing the types of pets and what type of responsibilities come along with having a pet. The show teaches core concepts and important values as well that everyone can enjoy watching. The advertisements were definitely geared toward children, making sure to show the latest snacks, gadgets and top kid attractions in order to further draw them in. My preschooler has gained a lot of fun knowledge from watching this program. Bandura’s theory of observational learning applies to this particular show because children are learning by not only watching the television but by being interactively involved answering questions as well.

Education Reform

Education has evolved throughout the years in both positive and negative ways. For example a dentist raleigh nc has informed me that you can now begin and finish your education as a hygienist online, feats that weren’t even an option during his training period. There have been many major milestones that have led to the progression within this movement. The Brown v. Board court case, The Elementary and Secondary Education Act and The No Child Left Behind Act are a few that stand out and have made tremendous strides.

Brown versus the Topeka Board of Education was a national case that integrated schools. On May 17th, 1954 the US Supreme Court decided that segregated public schools are inherently unequal and thus deprive African American students of their 14th Amendment right to equal protection of those laws (Stallion 2013). The court case Plessy v. Ferguson set the tone and created the “separate but equal” movement that only continued to suppress African American society (Stallion 2013). Separate but equal meant that Blacks and Whites partook in the same everyday agenda’s but had separate facilities for each group to utilize. Stallion points out that not only did the court find segregation of schools a violation of the 14th Amendment but also stated the major psychological harm that the students were subjected to.

This landmark case opened the doors for many other cases including Brown II, which mandated public Colleges and Universities to alter their admission procedures and begin admitting African Americans (Stallion 2013). Brown I was the first major ruling that created equality for all in the education system. Stallion points out that its shortcomings were that it did not specifically state how to go about the actual integration process, but instead put the law in place. This delay made way for Brown II to take place, two years later, stating the actual procedure and making educational facilities put it into effect immediately. If these steps would have been taken and applied during the initial case, it would have made a more immediate impact and make it more beneficial.

The Elementary and Secondary Education act, also known as ESEA, was passed in 1965. It created fund services to students in schools with high concentrations of students from low-income families. Scott states that it prevents local school districts from using federal tax dollars to replace state and local education funding. Its programs include Head Start, Title 1, free lunch and education for special needs children.

Ayers et al suggests that Congress reauthorize the ESEA by allowing the Turnaround program to be a major player in fixing struggling schools. By using this, it addresses teacher principal effectiveness, standards and assessments, accountability systems, data collection and state and district management practices.

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Our Language Development

Language Development is the area of focus. After reading child development course material and fully engulfing in our makeup you realize the responsibility of where we can mentally propel ourselves. Here I analyze the importance of including all children in the learning process disability or not, based on the articles of cited below.

Typical Language Development

Article 1

1. The author was trying to determine whether 4-6 year old that were typically developing possessed the proper problem-solving and language abilities to produce, generalize and retain verb inflection when taught using explicit teaching procedures (Finestack 2014).

            a. Meta linguistic Awareness is the ability to think overtly about language; to manipulate the structural features of language whether at phoneme, word or sentence level.

            b. Deductive approaches

                        -not readily used and considered viable treatment because it is assumed that kids are unable to make sense of the language rules relayed in the explicit manner.

                        -research has shown that preschool and kindergarten aged are best utilized for this

                        -Focus on the learner’s attention to the form of the language target in a manner that draws upon the learner’s metalinguistic awareness

c. Chose to work with 4-5, and 6-year old children because they have the necessary language, problem solving and metalinguistic skills to successfully learn grammatical forms when using the explicit approach

-Sixty-six used from daycare centers, preschools and kindergartens.

-All had typical language and cognitive development that included having a Spoken Language Quotient of 85 or greater, Score of 80 or above on the Matrices nonverbal scale of the Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test, they received no special services for language or reading weakness, they passed a hearing test and they produce the large syllables –pa and –po.

d. Each student was required to complete four experimental sessions that occurred in quiet spots in varied locations

            -Sessions contained a maintenance probe, teaching task (using a laptop), teaching probe (using a laptop) and generalization probe.

2. The author found that children with typical language and cognitive abilities in this age group are able to make use of deductive language teaching as appose to those that are not typically developed.

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