Thinking about becoming a kindergarten teacher? Brush up on the following skills...
If you are considering becoming a kindergarten teacher or early childhood educator, it is helpful to think carefully about the skills necessary for the job.
Even the most unruly child wants to be accepted, appreciated, spoken to in a polite, respectful manner and wants to feel that he or she is a capable person.
If you can instill confidence in each child, you are well on your way to becoming a successful preschool or kindergarten teacher.
During the process of earning an education degree you will learn a great deal about how children learn, learning styles, types of instruction and curriculum.
Here are a few tips:
- Experience lots of real classroom teaching and working with children during your training
- Although you may feel nervous and on the spot during your first efforts, remember to relax and have fun. Provide the children with something interesting to do and establish clear expectations for during and after the lesson and things should run smoothly.
- If children do not seem to understand a concept, always ask - How can I present this concept differently? Do the children have the vocabulary to understand this concept? Do I have to backup a few steps? What can I do differently?
- Never assume that young children understand what you are asking them to do. Always show them (don't tell) and then give them hands on experiences.
- When teaching preschool and kindergarten look for learning differences and offer a variety of activities and experiences.