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I teach a preschool Program at a daycare center, I don’t really get to compare with others in my profession so I just have a few random questions. 1)How old are your children and how many do you have in the class? 4-5, 11 altogether but on an average day 6-8 2)Do you work alongside with another teacher or aid? Nope my administrator comes in at busy times like lunch to help out, but I almost prefer it this way I like being in control not the best at teamwork:/ 3)Do you work with any English second language or special education children? Yes one English 2nd language (ESL) and one autistic 4)Is there anything you add to you lessons that you are not required to teach? I teach the children sign language, they currently know 15 and the alphabet up to J. 5)What things you have taught your children that made an impact on you, u really know you’re making a difference? When a child that couldn’t hold a pencil when he came to my class, can now write his full name. I’ve estimated I taught about 17 children how to write their names. When my little ESL girl received her snack and looks at me and said thank you for the first time not just in English but in sign language too! 6)How long have you been a teacher or child care worker? This is my first daycare job I’ve worked the 11months. My original job title was just a basic daycare worker but in September the beginning of school I got a promotion(no raise of course) to the official preschool teacher for our preschool program, That’s a big honor cuz there picky about their workers (we have 3 positions and 6 people have hen hired and fired sense I’ve been there) 7)Do you have any reward systems or punishments you use? We do the normal warnings then time outs. But I also let our line pick a special activity that we don’t allow everyday (like play dough) then after each certain part of the morning Circle time, lining up for potty break, book time, and free play while I pull groups of children for crafts. I write either I smiley or frowny face on a paper chart I warn the kids during each time frame when they start to act up in the we count on our fingers how many frownys and smiles we have whichever is more decides if we get to do a special activity. Also children who received time outs or had unexcitable behavior, they must play with one of the many other toys in the room. It’s really helped me persuade them to behave during structured parts of the day that’s when I was getting the worst behavior. 8) What is the most difficult part of your job? Mine is definitely having no two children with the same learning needs, I know that’s true with every group but with 9 kids I have an autistic child, a child who spoke no English (ESL), a kindergartener (1/2 day so she’s with me in the morning) that’s extremely smart for her age and if kindergarten’s too easy for her now she’s sitting in a preschool class it causes a lot of behavior problems, a video game addict (it’s a constant battle that’s all he thinks about he can’t just sit and do a craft or play with Legos like the other kid (yes we’ve talked to the parents) a child with “anger issues” a temper tantrum can be from his crayon falling on the floor! (Again mom knows and says he does it at home, I know she tries to control it) And one who’s never been in a daycare so is behind by about a year and of course the others are all at different learning points but those are the big ones but that’s over ½ my class! It’s an adventure I’m not complaining I do pretty good handling it at all my boss thinks I’m doing great at this juggling act, so I must not be too bad at it! I regularly evaluate them to see where they are and try to work on each of their weak points and encourage them to go farther on the things there good at. Also I try to pull them aside to work one on one but this is a very difficult thing when you’re still supervising 8 other kids! The 2nd most difficult thing comes with the first and that’s finding the line between quality (everyone get the same) and equity (everyone gets what they need to learn even though one child needs more or less than the others.) it’s hard to judge what each child need and even harder when some children have different rules than others. For example my when my ESL child doesn’t fallow some rules we try to explain to her but she won’t always get in trouble because she doesn’t understand. I have one child that isn’t bothered by time outs or interested in rewards so instead we will threaten to (and fallow through) taking away privileges, such as being the helper and another that’s hard on himself so all I have to do is sternly talk to him and that’s a punishment in its self. Advice its important to find each childs needs i honestly didnt understand that competaly untill i wached a utube video "animal Shcool" its a need video all teachs i feel should watch this to remind them to teach for each childs needs.

Asked By: Valerie F - 11/27/2012
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I enjoyed reading your answers. I teach middle - and you hit it correct at the end. Every single child is unique and it is our job to push them individually to excel.
Answered By: eastacademic - 12/1/2012
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