Address: 106 North Magnolia, Crescent, OK 73028 | Phone: 405-969-2227 | Fax: 405-969-2003
Crescent Public Schools
Tiger Pride
Mrs. Dimmitt's Pre-K
My Teaching Philosophy

My philosophy is largely based on the 12 basic principles of child development.

Twelve basic principles of child development

  1. Domains of children development – physical, social, emotional, and cognitive – are closely related. Development in one domain influences and is influenced by development in other domains.
  2. Development occurs in a relatively orderly sequence, with later abilities, skills, and knowledge building on those already acquired.
  3. Development proceeds at varying rates from child to child as well as unevenly within different areas of each child’s functioning.
  4. Early experiences have both cumulative and delayed effects on an individual child’s development; optimal periods exist for certain types of development and learning.
  5. Development proceeds in predictable directions toward greater complexity, organization, and internalization.
  6. Development and learning occur in and are influenced by multiple social and cultural contexts.
  7. Children are active learners, drawing on direct physical and social experience as well as culturally transmitted knowledge to construct their own understandings of the world around them.
  8. Development and learning result from interaction of biological maturation and the environment, which includes both the physical and the social worlds that children live in.
  9. Play is an important vehicle for children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development as well as a reflection of their development.
  10. Development advances when children have opportunities to practice newly acquired skills, as well as when they experience a challenge just beyond the level of their present mastery.
  11. Children demonstrate different modes of knowing and learning and learning and different ways of representing what they know.
  12. Children learn best in the context of community in which they are safe and valued, their physical need are met, and they feel psychologically secure

Carol Gestwicki (2007, p. 4-33), Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Curriculum and development in Early Childhood Education. USA: Thomson Delmar Learning.

Students learn best when they are engaged in meaningful learning experiences. These experiences can be through music, games, books, finger plays, modern technology (computers, I-pods, I-pads, interactive boards) or hands on activities in which the student manipulates materials. Young children experience and learn about the world around them through play. They also learn through past experiences, interactions with peers and teachers, and by interacting with the class environment.

I want to instill in my students the love for learning and that school is a fun place to be. I hold myself highly accountable for the decisions made in my classroom; that they are truly for the overall learning of the students. One key to successful learning is building a strong relationship with each individual child. It is my responsibility to know my students and what motivates them. It is also my responsibility to check to see if they are learning. If a student is not learning, then it is necessary for me to make changes to ensure all students are learning.

Students begin school at different developmental levels. It is my responsibility to make sure I adapt activities to meet the needs of all students. The most important skill I teach to students is to believe they can learn. In order for students to believe they can learn they must try. I offer praise and encouragement to my students just for trying. If a student never tries they will never learn to succeed at learning.

Pre-k is the place where students often learn to separate from parents and learn social skills. Students must learn to trust me that their needs will be met and that they are in a safe place. Students must also learn skills of taking turns, sharing, treating friends with respect and that there are other people in the world besides just them.

I believe students basic needs must be met before they can be completely successful at learning. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs says that human’s needs have an order to them. If the needs on the bottom of the list are not met, then those higher on the list will not be able to be met and the person will not be able to function successfullyAs a Pre-K teacher I deal with the physiological needs of students on almost a daily basis. Some of the physiological needs include food, water, sleep, shelter, and clothing. There are times when students come to school hungry or exhausted from not having enough sleep. It is hard for students to focus on learning when they can only think or act out how hungry or tired they are. I try to meet those needs as much as possible to ensure students can focus on learning.

It is my goal as a teacher to be consciously competent. This is the ability to make professional decisions for the students I teach and to understand why I am having them participate in the activities that I have prepared. I teach with an Eclectic teaching style - using aspects of several different theories. Including Behaviorist in using prizes and rewards to motivate students with the desire to move towards Constructivist as the students mature in their development.

I believe in building good relationships with parents. I believe the parent is the first teacher and knows their child better than anyone. The student has to know that the teacher and the parent are a team. Communication between school and parents is vital for the success of the student.

I love teaching these small children. It gives me great joy to see the excitement in their eyes when they are excited about learning.

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