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Unit 4: Competency Goal #1
Competency Goal 1: To Establish and Maintain a Safe, Healthy Learning Environment
Ways to Set up a Safe, Healthy Environment to Promote Learning
Candidates will establish an environment that contributes to the prevention of illness.
Understand your role in recognizing and reporting symptoms of possible abuse and neglect and how to work cooperatively with health care professionals to respond sensitively and effectively to such problems. Know how to communicate with children and parents about medical care and immunizations, and know how to identify health resources in the community.
Candidate will use space and materials as resources for constructing an interesting and enjoyable environment that encourages play, exploration, and learning.
Know how the arrangement of space and materials affects children's behavior and know ways to use room arrangements constructively. Know how to organize materials on low, open shelves so children can use them independently. Separate noisy and quiet areas, to keep clear pathways and to use furniture arrangement strategies that reduce behavior and safety concerns and promote learning.
Know how to identify materials that demonstrate respect for each child's sex, family, race, language, and culture group. And they will learn what materials are developmentally appropriate for different age groups and differing abilities.
Candidate will use relationships and routines to construct a secure and growth-enhancing environment for children.
Understand appropriate curriculum planning for different age groups. You should understand the concept of balancing learning experiences appropriately - quiet and active, child-initiated and teacher-guided, individual and group, indoor and outdoor. Know how to provide simple and consistent routines and the importance of modifying them as children's needs, interests, and abilities change.
Understand the complexity of the role of a teacher in settings including how teachers help children learn through play. Build your ability to use information that you gain by observing children in how you plan learning experiences for them. Become comfortable intentionally supporting children's learning and development during play and other teacher-planned experiences.
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