TEACHING STRATEGIES FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHERS
As early childhood educators, we have the wonderful opportunity and the important responsibility to teach and nurture our youngest children. Today's students are multitasked and can hardly maintain a long concentration. They can easily get bored and therefore disconnected. There are many ways we can fight off this problem. We use interesting educational games and activities, use technology and multimedia resources and finally make our teaching student-centered and try our maximum to relate what we teach to children immediate environment.
We play an important role in ensuring that "no child is left behind." We spend many hours with children and the right kind of strategies can help them tremendously. Early childhood teachers support learning by providing activities and materials that children find engaging.
The teaching strategies used by early childhood educators play a vital role in bringing about learning and the extent to which learning is fully child-centered. The teacher plays the role of facilitator in the classroom and creates an environment that is challenging, yet not frustrating, for individual activities as well as small and large group activities. The environment is child-initiated to create a sense of self-reliance, encourage problem solving, and enhance cooperation among the children.
The preschool environment, materials, and teaching strategies should be adapted as appropriate to meet the needs of all children. Teachers often try several teaching strategies to reach all types of learners in their classroom. We need to include also examples of ways to create an environment in our preschool classrooms that will nurture children's natural curiosity and their zest for learning. Remember, we hold the key to the future academic success of the young children in our care.
The author is Teacher II at Sindalan Elementary School