A two year old’s experience at school serves as their introduction to the world of education. Early childhood teachers must cultivate a fun, safe setting where young children can learn social skills, make friends and express themselves openly and creatively. While no two teachers are ever identical, memorable and beloved early childhood teachers share a number of common qualities.
Working with two-year-old children requires high levels of patience, creativity, enthusiasm and a love of education. Strong teachers foster a classroom environment in which all students are comfortable and feel supported by the teacher and each other. These teachers must reach both the children and their parents, which includes developing and maintaining strong home-school communication.
Teachers should be knowledgeable about their student population and the academic subject matter at hand. Teaching requires a devotion to life-long learning that extends well beyond degree programs. Early childhood teachers must seek out regular opportunities to further their teaching skills and knowledge bases.
Managing a classroom of young children can be a challenging task. An early childhood teacher is able to maintain classroom control in an environment that is both educational and fun. Children should be able to learn while they play in an engaging, motivating setting. A respected teacher is viewed as an authority figure but does not scare the children.
A high degree of dedication is a necessary component of being a great teacher for any student population. Teachers must strongly believe what they are doing and be fully dedicated to every student in the class. Even though teaching can be exhausting and frustrating, it can be extremely rewarding. Dedicated teachers can look past the bad days and keep focusing on the good days that make the job worthwhile.
Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three Preschool and child care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and child care programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child’s social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.