Effective early childhood teachers use a variety of strategies
to help each and every child grow and develop. Teachers need to exhibit
decision making regarding what each child needs and find ways to create an
environment, provide opportunities, and interact with children to support each
Consider the following scenarios:
Emanuel is an infant who is 9 months old. He is not
yet mobile. He sits up, but does not crawl, roll, or scoot. He is an only
child, lives with his parents and grandparents, and shows a preference to
Sofia is a toddler who is 20 months old. At mealtimes
at her child care program, she will get up from her chair at the table
and want to walk around the room. At home, she eats her meals in a
highchair where she does not have the freedom to get up.
Dylan is a preschooler who has a lot of energy. At
naptime, he does not settle down on his cot and can sometimes disrupt the
entire classroom's rest. Even worse, if he does not take a nap, he has a
tough afternoon making good choices.
Choose one of the scenarios, and share with your peers:
Your opinion on what the individual child needs to
grow and develop and/or experience success.
An idea for a decision a teacher could make to support
that child. As a reminder, decisions have to do with the environment,
activities, or interactions a teacher would intentionally provide.
Your ideas around how a teacher would provide for that
child's individual need while meeting the needs of the rest of the