Teachers

Intentional Teacher

Intentional Teacher

An intentional teacher is one who consciously plans the environment, selecting materials that will support the curriculum derived from children's emerging theories. Effective teachers are continually reflecting on their practice. Because the environment of early learning is multilayered and multifaceted, teachers need to have a constantly questioning heart and mind in order to evaluate children's experiences. Reflection is a practice: a way of being with intention and thoughtfulness. Reflection for teachers involves making time and space to think about their practices and their day. It is the process of thinking back and closely analyzing the process and practices of every day. When reflective practices become part of your daily way of living, you can become more intentional and present in your work and in life. Reflection should become a practice that students become familiar with. Our goals for children include developing critical thinking strategies and tools for learning throughout life. We develop these skills by utilizing them ourselves. We want children to understand how we construct meaning, make connections and learn as adults. We model our own learning, processes, and reflections for further understanding. Through this process we send a strong message to children that we value and honor the process of learning, which includes reflection.



Reflective Questions

  • • What did I learn about myself as a learner today?
  • • What did you notice?
  • • How can I encourage Johnny in the group's play?
  • • How can I support Johnny in the loss of his Grandma?
  • • What was the overall level of engagement of the students?
  • • What were the kids really doing?
  • • Are there certain children who appear to need more support? Less support?
  • • How did the day or activity go?
  • • What do I understand about the children, the classroom or myself that I didn't understand before?