Wednesday, December 9, 2015
I took a course at the Sherlock Center right here on campus in October. this course was from 8-10:30 in the morning and was about disabilities. this course also implemented the standards and how we can use them with all children. this class was interesting since i did not know much about the Sherlock center here at RIC. we got into groups and answered questions about different types of disabilities...autism, hearing impaired, speech disorder and so on. we then went into on different types of classroom materials that would be beneficial for each child that has a disability. a good site to check out would be www.ric.edu/sherlockcenter and the ride.ri.gov site.
the first event I did was during the summer, but ended in October. Due to my job I am required to take classes for the Rhode Island Early Learning Standards. the class I took was called Implementing a standards based classroom. this class was 36 hours, Wednesdays from 5:30-8:30 from July until October. we talked about the nine domains and what each meant. we had a binder and had articles to read each week as well as doing a lesson plan for different topics. we learned what four parts make up a curriculum...context, content, process and teaching and facilitating. I also had to do a project based on the for parts of the lesson plan and present it. we then talked about the different ways to do assessments on the children in the classroom. from taking this course i have implementing a new lesson plan format based on the standards, we post the standards up for the parents, send home family fun cards, we do observations on each child everyday and have binders for children's work. A good site to check out would be: www.ride.ri.gov and rields.com this site actually has the standards on it and courses to take for the RIELDS.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
After reading this article I understand a lot about helping out the youth. I have been working with children for 11 years and I know all about the changes that have been made. When I first started working in child care it did not matter if you had a degree or not. I mean in order to work in a classroom it did not matter. The way lesson planning was done was simple and there were no guides on what you needed to have in it. Requirements of DCYF have changed over the years as well. Now we have to have some type of degree in order to be a director, lead teacher, head teacher or even an educational coordinator. If you have no educational degree then you are just considered an assistant teacher. I know my center is only hiring if you have a degree. We are required to take classes based on the Rhode Island Early Learning Standards and to make sure our curriculum is aligned with them as well. Bright stars is a program that is now required for almost all daycares to be part of. I have to say without bright stars we would of never been able to get a grant to upgrade the classrooms or most recently receive one to redo the playground. We have to have these items in place in order to make sure our children are getting the best, quality and effective learning. Not only for the youth, by having programs in place to help them (youth in action or project night vision). There are also programs out there to help the younger students as well (resilient kids, the Sherlock center). I know that with my degree in youth development and other trainings I may receive will help me to be a better educational coordinator.