I believe that being a teacher is being a friend, a co-parent, a friend, an advocate, an administrator, a source of creativity, a team player…and forever a student of knowledge.
•Are unique based on their ethnic background and culture
•Learn to become independent
•have the ability to learn, using the 5 senses
•Learn during play
•have developmental differences
•Disabled children need special materials in the classroom
•All need love, food, shelter, and attention
Role of the teacher with students
•Foster the child’s progress
•Offer challenging D.A.P lessons
•encourage learning of the next level
•Nurture the child
•Teach skills to become independent
•learn alongside the child
•observe and document the student’s progress
•Encourage socially acceptable ways of expressing these feelings.
Form a partnership with the parents
•Encourage the entire family to visit the classroom.
•Parents can volunteer to assist the teacher in many ways. Each week a different parent is the “Secret visitor”
•Parents enrich the classroom with ethnic background.
•Parents are helpers: come read to the class, or chaperone on a field trip
•Parents should actively participate in the decision making progress of their child’s education
•The teacher is a resource of information for the parents
Strategies teachers can use to effectively foster learning
•Physical setting-flexible for large and small group activities (room arrangement)
•Intellectual engaging strategies: open ended questions, problem solving activities, discuss ideas
•explain the concept of the idea with extension and simplification activities
•self-discovery learning opportunities
•learn through play
•problem solving skills
•teach social skills