Learn how important it is to be aware of our own attitudes, beliefs, and values with respect to how young children are supported in their early language and literacy development.
|Your work involves not only what you do but also how you are as you do it.|
|It is important to be aware of our own attitudes, beliefs, and values with respect to how young children are best taught and supported in their early language and literacy development.|
|Reflective practice is an important component of high-quality teaching.|
* What are some of the values and beliefs you have about how young children learn early language and literacy?
* How might your cultural attitudes, beliefs, and values affect how you mentor?
inking with the Caregiver
* *Invite teachers to share with you.*
* Ways they believe young children best learn and should be supported in early language and literacy
* *Listen for ways that teachers*
* **Recognize** their own culture, attitudes, beliefs, and values
* **Demonstrate** their ability to understand and respect cultural differences and child rearing practices
cknowledge Strengths & Areas for Support
* ***Reflect back*** what you heard (content and feeling) and reach for clarity. Ask teachers what more they would like to learn about with respect to culture and reflection.
* ***Highlight strengths.*** Observe aloud how you have seen teachers interact with children and families in culturally respectful ways.
* ***Reframe*** teachers’ comments and concerns in ways that extend their understanding of the importance of reflecting on their culture (why they do what they do).
* Brainstorm together ways teachers can integrate self-reflection as part of their teaching practices.
* Identify resources that each of the following contributors might bring to the effort:
* You, as the mentor
* Colleagues or community