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In this course, students continue to build upon the practicum component previously completed in CASE 12a. At the end of this teaching practice, students can reliably demonstrate the ability to observe, plan for, facilitate, evaluate and document children’s learning; guide children’s behaviour using appropriate strategies; interact with children, staff and families; and participate in all aspects of the program as an entry level early childhood educator.
In the seminar/in-class component of this course, students discuss, analyze, and document their teaching practice experience. Topics of discussion include observations; planning, implementing, evaluating, and documenting the children’s learning; guidance, observation and assessment of behaviour; health, safety and nutrition; interacting with staff and families; and, professionalism in the field. Students develop an ongoing professional development plan as they enter into the field. Students articulate a personal philosophy, taking into account their learning from teaching practice, theoretical courses in the program, and the College of Early Childhood Educators Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.