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1 Intentional Educator Reflection Caitlyn Kiskamp Rasmussen University EEC3318: Intentional Teaching Practices Victoria Snyder March 17, 2023
2 Intentional Educator Reflection Intentional teaching used to be something I was unfamiliar with. As I learned more about what intentional teaching is, I realized myself and many of my coworkers are already trying to be more intentional with teaching. Being able to put a name to something we strive to do helps it seem more attainable. Personal Growth I have always tried my hardest to be the best for the children in my care. I strive on my relationships with each child that comes through my classroom, and knowing now how to become better and help them learn more intentionally helps me continue to grow and learn. My classroom environment has always been one to feel rather welcoming and inviting based on teacher perspectives. I have kept many items in the classroom facing towards the door so that when children come in for the day, they can immediately see what we have to offer in the classroom. I have learned to keep somewhat of a small mystery to what might be in the classroom. Many shelves and toys are still facing towards the door, but I do have some facing away but with family photos placed on the back to welcome families and children into the class. It gives the children a sense of mystery of what might be behind the shelf. I have struggled to stay out of the way when my toddlers are working on an activity, I always have an urge to intervene and influence where the learning goes. I continue to work on allowing the children to explore and learn on their own, while also having one activity where I can be a little more "useful" in the learning by also being more intentional with each child and working on individual skills one-on-one. This allows the children to learn on their own and figure out what the objective is without a teacher intervening. All through school, I struggled with some subjects and excelled in others. I later learned that it was because it was my learning style that helped or hindered. I have become to notice more how my toddlers prefer to learn certain things, most of them prefer to be more hands-on and work together
3 while some do prefer to be one-on-one with a teacher and less hands-on in the experiences. I gather the information so I can help each individual child succeed in my classroom and learn the way they want to learn. I have also learned that there are so many curriculum models, and I seem to continue to confuse some of them with others or combine them together. Many seem to be similar in their approaches to learning, but it is more comforting knowing exactly what models and approaches my center focuses on and uses most. Self-Care Self-care is extremely important for educators to practice. It helps keep our minds free of "clutter" and be able to be present for the children we care for during the day. I have learned to leave work at work when I come home. Once I get into my car to come home, I no longer think about work and I begin to think about what I am going to do when I get home. What will I eat? Will I go workout today? What sounds nice to do after a long day? These are often questions I ask myself to get me excited about doing things for me. I have begun to purposefully include self-care days and tasks into my schedule. My husband and I use an online schedule to help us keep track of everything that we want and need to do every day. I have incorporated about 15 to 30 minutes everyday after work for taking some time for myself before I begin the rest of my evening. I am also working 4-10 hour days, so I have a day off every week. This day is specific dedicated to either projects I want to get done, or for doing things for me such as relaxing, getting my hair or nails done, etc. I believe being more intentional with my self-care thus far as already helped me be more present at home with my family and more present at work for the children in my care. Professional Development Two areas of improvement I know I need to work on is being more patient and more flexible with my toddlers. Patience has always been something I struggle with from time to time, it typically ends
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