My Experience With Pre-K Classroom at the Jewish Community Center
Appreciation cannot be quantified and does not have anything that can be exchanged for it but only in actions of gratitude. As a trainee showing appreciation for support and kindness offered during class training to the sponsor teacher and the children, this is a note of appreciation.
Having been in the Pre-K classroom at the Jewish Community Center, it is both an honor and privilege to be part of the learning process learning from the children while teaching them. It is a wonderful thing to learn patience by observing the children doing their work or playing because each moment to them has a lesson. As a teacher, planning is an important part of the teaching profession and without which it would be near impossible. On the other hand, despite the importance of planning, working with children proves that it is not the most significant factor in teaching. The reason behind this is that kids have their own plans some of which when disrupted will disrupt the entire class. Consequently, learning becomes a communal aspect when dealing with children of this age.
Without the support of sponsor teachers, leaner teachers would not be qualified teachers or have the experience to handle children. It is for this reason that much gratitude is passed on through the sponsor teacher in the Pre-K classroom at the Jewish Community Center. Granting autonomy and switching roles with the sponsor teacher are some of the significant factors that can help a learning teacher in improving on teaching experience. In addition, the sponsor teacher kept close contact with course teachers to ensure that everything ran smoothly and followed all the ethical standards.
Teaching children at the Pre-K classroom at the Jewish Community Center exposes the trainee teacher to various types of children in different steps of early childhood education. In addition, there is exposure to children with special needs such as behaviorally challenged children and getting tips on how to handle and assist them from the sponsor teacher was amazing. These are just some of the many things that can be learned while working with early childhood education or development at the community center. However, in order to show appreciation, parents can also arrange appreciation weeks in the center in order to motivate the teachers. The value of appreciation cannot be ignored because working with children exposes the learning teacher to the fact that teachers work very hard and remuneration alone cannot give gratification. It is, therefore, important to show appreciation which enables the teacher to deliver on the children.
From the experience at the Jewish Community Center, teachers can also devise ways to encourage as well as recognize the immense work done by early childhood teachers. Creativity can be in the form of writing notes to each other and taking up positions for colleagues when they have personal problems. The center in its role as the employer should not be left behind in showing appreciation for their staff members. As mentioned above, money is not the only incentive that can motivate the teachers. Ensuring that they are comfortable and are working in the most appropriate environment can go a long way in motivating them. Meddling in personal matters of the teachers can sometimes give the required reassurance that the other person cares and can also be a source of appreciation or motivation.
The Jewish Community Center and the Pre-K classroom, the sponsor teacher, as well as the children are a model of positive child guidance which is evident in the approach to open- ended activities and classroom environment, as well as high standards of hygiene and safety which are highly appreciated.