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Letter to Parents Essay

Dear parents,

I am Hayley Anderson and I am so pleased to be working with your children! I am 19 years of age and I have been working with young children for about 2 months now and I love every minute of it. I closely align my teaching philosophy with Behaviorism and Social learning theory, by B.F. Skinner and John B. Watson.

Learning about all of the different theories I think I best fit along with B.F Skinner and John B. Watson. They had argued that development involves a series of learned behaviors based on an individual’s positive and negative interaction with his or her environment. (Marotz Allen, 2012)

I don’t believe in giving into crying children because they will then realize that since they got what they want they are more likely to do the task again later on and still receive the same thing. But then again if you give well to a child they are likely to try harder to improve more later, for example; when a child does good on a spelling test and you tell he or she how well they did, that may motivate them to study even harder the next time.

“Children learn both positive and negative behaviors through observation, modeling, or imitation.” (Marotz Allen, 2012) I think that is a great saying because it’s true, a lot of children learn through good and bad. When children see another child or adult doing something they are more likely going to want to do it to and be just like that person.

I think children will benefit from the philosophy because I try to support the children as much as possible. Also, when they have done something they weren’t supposed to do, hopefully they learn so they don’t end up doing it again; as Skinner and Watson had previously stated.

When working with philosophy’s and PILES, physical, intellectual, language, emotional and social, I thought physical is the most important because children learn the best through motor. They get the hands on feeling and they learn really well in doing things with toys, puzzles, etc. I hate putting a worksheet in front of a young child and expect them to learn from it, if I would do that then I would give them small blocks or some other form of toy that goes along with the worksheet so they get a feeling of what they have to do and what needs to be done instead of coloring all over the paper and expecting it to be perfect.

I would say emotional would be next because while working with children, I’ve learned that the reaction you have is going to have a major effect on the child as well. When you act mad or sad the child will most likely have the same mood, but when you are happy and playful the child would more likely want more interaction with you no matter the case, if it’s coloring to putting puzzles together or anything else.

Children don’t like to see adults mad because they want to see you happy and playful; I don’t think they take angry or upset in very well because some or most children aren’t used to getting put on a “break” at school so when they see up upset or angry and by yourself they think you may not want to do anything with them, when that may not be the case at all.

I would say social development would be the next best. I would like to see all children interacting in everything. For example, when we sing songs there may be a few children who don’t like to participate so I help them stand on their feet and do the interactions with them and let go and most of the time they keep singing along and doing interactions, which is great.

When I see children not participating, it makes me wonder if they don’t like anything we have to do in the classroom or if they even want to be in there. It’s sad to see, that’s why I like to help them out in doing the movements to songs.

Language development is also very important. I’ve learned a lot of children may cry to try and get their way. Children may cry and come and tattle on another child because the other child had said something they didn’t like. It’s always important to make sure you know what is going on so you don’t discipline the wrong child. Also, a lot of children may need to take speech so I try and listen carefully at what the child is saying to make sure I don’t take in what he or she said the wrong way.

Intellectual development is very important with the process of thinking. I try to encourage the children to think of what they are doing or what they need to do before they do it. For example, when we are doing projects that involve cutting I always try and encourage the children to think about where they need to cut and how they need to cut the paper before they even start. Because most of the time if they cut it wrong they get mad and want to redo it because it doesn’t look like the display one and I always tell them it looks fine and beautiful and to just keep moving forward.

In conclusion, I discussed B.F. Skinner and John B. Watson’s philosophy and why I relate and utilize it. It’s always important to think about positive and negative interactions so you know how to handle a child in his or her worst ways. It’s also good to have children take a break once in a while if they get to out of hand because then after they sit there for a couple of minutes they start to relax and listen to you or someone else a lot better.

Marotz, Allen (2012) Acp ES-EBK for Developmental Profile 2 yrs. (7th Ed) Belmont, CA: Wadsworth

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