MLA FORMAT & REFERENCES
In Week 1 of this class, you drafted your initial philosophy of teaching in infant/toddler education and care statement. Since then, we have covered a lot of new material and based on your weekly reflections, it’s obvious that your thinking about this subject has evolved with your new knowledge from your completed readings, videos, discussions, and assignments.
Part 1. (making updates, edits, or changes to your first draft) (PDF Below)
Update your initial draft with any new thinking or learning from the last several weeks. Be sure to add a citation or connection from the readings with page numbers (PDFs Below) to support your responses. As a reminder, your initial draft should have responded to the following prompts in about 1 page:
Your perception of teaching. This opening paragraph is where you describe what teaching means to you and your views on the role of the infant/toddler care teacher.
Your perception of learning. In this second paragraph, try and describe your thoughts on how infants/toddlers learn and develop. You can reference particular philosophies or teaching approaches (these can come from your reading) or simply relate your own thoughts and opinions.
Your teaching goals. In this final paragraph, you will describe your goals for young children and what you can do as an infant/toddler care teacher to support early learning and development in a group care environment (this can be center-based and/or family childcare). This is where you tell the reader why you teach the way that you do!
Part 2 (responding to the prompts below and growing your document)
Now we are going to grow your philosophy statement from the original 1 page to 2 pages by adding your responses to the following prompts below:
The importance of the environment. In this paragraph, you should describe your thoughts on the the importance of the environment in infant/toddler education and care. What exactly makes a learn environment great? How will you support all children? (PDF Below Learning Environments – An Introduction)
The importance of working with families. In this next paragraph, tell us why you think it’s important for infant/toddler care teachers to include families in their work with very young children. In your opinion, what’s the best way to do this? (PDF Below Chapter 1- The Development of Programs with Families)
Your thoughts on quality. Wrap up your new additions by discussion the difference between meeting basic standards for licensing and high quality care. What does it mean to provide high quality care? How will you ensure that your education and care practices represent the highest quality practices? (PDF Below Chapter 5- Guidelines for Operating Infant/Toddler Programs)
Since you are incorporating new information in your draft, it may not make sense for you to keep things in the same order. Look at the 6 topics above (Your Perception of Teaching, Your Perception of Learning, Your teaching goals, The importance of the environment, The importance of working with families, Your thoughts on quality) and consider what order makes the most sense for you to present your content. You may want to change things up to improve the flow of your draft.
This is a great chance to start thinking about spelling and grammar. If this isn’t your strength, use the spelling and grammar checking features in your word processing program.
Longer is not always better. At this point, your draft should now be 2 pages (single spaced). Any longer than that and you may need to consider editing it down. Be clear, but concise in your points.
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