Part C Coping and problem-solving can often be difficult to young children. As a teacher’s aide in a second grade classroom, it is important to empathize with my students and offer assistance when needed. In the following situations, I have noted how I would do so. In the situation where Manuel and Damien are playing in the sandbox when Manuel takes Damien’s shovel, Manuel likely feels a sense of jealousy that Damien has the shovel. When he decides to take it, it is apparent that Damien is upset and feels anger and frustration. To rectify this situation, I would use emotional literacy. I would ask Damien to explain to Manuel how it made him feel when Manuel took the shovel from him. I would instruct
5 Teaching through the Use of Creative Curriculum Manuel to return the shovel to Damien. I would also explain that it is important to share. I would also explain that instead of taking the shovel from Damien, Manuel needs to use his words to ask if he can play with the shovel when Damien is finished playing with it. In the situation where Latoya is watching other children climb a rock wall, Latoya likely feels a sense of shyness or insecurity, but she seems curious as well. I would approach Latoya and begin conversing with her about the rock wall. I would ask questions to peak her curiosity about the rock wall, and I would share my own experiences with rock walls. I would then ask her if she wants to join me in attempting to climb it, and I would nonchalantly encourage the other students to embrace Latoya and make her feel welcome. In the situation where Tommy is invited by two friends to two separate events on the same night, he is likely feeling confused, stressed, and torn. I would encourage Tommy to talk with both friends and explain his situation. Tommy could ask Chuck if Mohammad could join them at the movies, and he could also ask Mohammad if Chuck would be allowed to join them for the sleepover. If this is not a possibility, Tommy could attend the movie with Chuck and go to Mohammad’s for a sleep over after the movie. Part D
6 Teaching through the Use of Creative Curriculum NAEYC Code of Conduct Core Values In my classroom, there is a mutual sense of respect and responsibility. It is important that every individual who steps into my classroom feels comfortable and safe. We all treat each other with kindness and we encourage each other as learners. We respect the
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- Summer '19
- Creative Curriculum , Early Childhood Education , Moving Beyond Colorblindness in Early Childhood Classrooms