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Assignment Instructions

You are required to maintain a reflective journal throughout the course.
Use the sub-headings in completing your reflections
Refer to the rubric when completing the assignment.
Ensure that your reflections are supported by course readings and other scholarly materials, where applicable.
All course readings and other sources used to support your reflections must be cited in text and appear on your reference page.
You must add a Title Page to your Assignment. This should be Page 1.

Assignment Description

On becoming a reflective early years practitioner you are required to continuously reflecting on, and learning from your practice to hone your reflective skills as you reflect in action, i.e. while you are doing something, and reflect on action, i.e. after you have done it.

Your journal should include

Biographical data (Who am I)
Your journey as an early childhood practitioner (from then to now)
Your personal and professional goals
Your personal philosophy on (a) teaching and learning (b) how young children learn (c) parents’ role
The knowledge, skills and personal characteristics you possess as an early childhood practitioner
The knowledge, skill and personal characteristic (i) which are your greatest strengths (ii) with which are you struggling to develop
Below is a key concept from each unit, select any four and write a reflection of approx. 250-300 words on each. Some guiding questions are given below.

Unit1: Respect for children should be the foundation of everything practitioners do.
Unit 2: Approaches to early education that focus solely on rote learning and direct instruction can be detrimental to later academic and social success.
Unit 3: Practitioners need to understand their relationship with children and the impact this relationship can have.
Unit 4: Effective early childhood practitioners should possess certain characteristics. They should also be able to use these characteristics to implement developmentally appropriate practices.
Unit 5: Practitioners can promote the development of critical thinking skills at any age through intentional teaching practices and activities.
Unit 6: Children should be taught to celebrate differences and diversity and you should facilitate this through strategies such as multicultural education.
Unit 7: Your relationships with parents and the importance of their involvement in their children’s development. It is your role to foster this relationship.
Unit 8: Effective transitions will help children to succeed in their new setting while ineffective transitions can hinder their success.

A.    New Learning

Possible Guiding Questions

(a)   What did I learn that was new to me?
(b) What insights did this new knowledge give to me?
(c)    How do I think this might be useful (in practice, in my studies, in my life)

B.    Feelings and Thoughts

Possible Guiding Questions

(a)   How did I feel about what was done? (Did it affect me emotionally and if so how?)
(b) What did I like or enjoy and why?
(c)   What did I dislike and why?
(d) What did I find easy to do or understand and why?
(e)   What did I find difficult or challenging to do or understand and why?

C.      Actions to be Taken

Possible Guiding Questions

(a)   Is there any action that I will take as a result of what was done?
(b) Do I need to plug gaps in my knowledge?
(c)   Do I need to investigate or research further?

Be creative, use anecdotal, poetic and pictorial representations where applicable to support your entries

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Biographical data
I am a female adult with a passion for teaching young children. I began my career several years ago and all along, I have seized every opportunity that places me in a position to advance my early childhood teaching skills. At present, I feel that I am an all-rounded practitioner, but I still have many things to achieve to become an even better professional. My personal goal is to help the very young persons to endure developmentally appropriate lives so that they can have a more fulfilling future. Professionally, I want to redesign the way of doing things in the early childhood education sphere so that children and teachers can achieve their optimal potential. My philosophy on teaching and learning is that teachers have the responsibility to adopt teaching methods that allow children to achieve progressive development in all areas of life. I also believe that teachers must ensure that each child learns through a method of preference, but parents have to liaise with the teachers to ensure that the outcomes for the children are optimal. As an early childhood practitioner, I exhibit essential skills such as urge for collaboration, enthusiasm for children, the ability to identify with the young ones, strong communication competencies, and flexibility. However, I struggle with engaging other people in the execution of meaningful tasks....

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