Posted: September 20th, 2022
Review your classmates’ post and assume the role of a staff member in the meeting and answer the following questions:
· As a staff member, do you agree with their recommendations? If not, why?
· What could have made their recommendations better or easier to support as a staff member?
· If there was an advocacy plan, do you think this approach would work? If you were in the meeting, would you support the initiative?
Policy #1: Instruction will not change from student to student. All students are to be treated as equals and instructions will not be modified under any circumstances. Often in life accommodations aren’t made and we want to set our children up for success.
This policy is not ethical, NAEYC Code of Conduct and Statement of Commitment states in “P-1.7—We shall strive to build individual relationships with each child; make individualized adaptations in teaching strategies, learning environments, and curricula; and consult with the family so that each child benefits from the program. (National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2019) This policy is basically saying no matter what you are going to continue teaching and never worry about or care about where the student is at on learning.
In order to fix the problem with this policy, I plan on working with the doctors that did the child intake and have a record of the things that can be wrong. I will make note of what the child is doing great in and what the child is struggling with. Once we have this in place, I will have each teacher stick to a weekly observation on all children. These weekly observations will show what the child has accomplished, what the child needs help in, and how we are going to incorporate learning ideas to help them be successful on whatever motor skill they are struggling with. Each week, when a lesson plan is turned in to be approved observations, will be turned in with it so I can make sure everyone is involved for the week. I will plan a mandatory meeting where we will discuss how we will not leave any child left behind. We will be working with the children and not saying they are all on the same level. we will discuss how everyone learns differently and not one person is on the same level as the next. We are not clones everyone is different in their own special way. We have to adapt to the child’s learning ability and find fun ways and new ways to teach them. We will still involve all the children in each lesson plan because we don’t want to single anyone out.
Policy #2: On water day, each kid must have a pair of water shoes that are rubber bottoms and purchased by the parents. If the child does not have them, they are not allowed to engage with water play and must remain in the classroom while their peers are outside.
This policy is not ethical, it’s not ok to leave a child out because they don’t have the recommended shoes. Making a child sit out from a fun activity can make a child not want to participate for the rest of the day. You never know what children’s parents are going through or even if they were able to find water shoes in stores.
To correct this problem, I will have a meeting with the teachers and let them know to send out a letter to all parents about water play and if they can’t find the correct shoes to send an extra pair of shoes for the day of water play. These shoes will be sent home at the end of the day with the parents. I will also have a conversation with my director about us buying extra water play shoes for each class and just keeping them in class. After each use of the shoes, we will wash them and store them in our room for the next water day for the children who don’t have shoes. We can send out reminders the day before to parents just so they know water day is the following day. some parents are just busy and will tend to forget not on purpose, but it happens especially with children who can’t talk to say tomorrow is water play. We can also find a way to have a small water play area for children who can’t get fully wet, so they are still playing in the water and enjoying the time outside. During the meeting helped for staff we will ask them how you will feel of it was water play and you had to stay in. Just to get the teacher’s thoughts of training going.
Code of ethical conduct and statement of commitment – NAEYC. (n.d.). Retrieved February 13, 2022, from
https://www.naeyc.org/sites/default/files/globally-shared/downloads/PDFs/resources/position-statements/Ethics%20Position%20Statement2011_09202013update (Links to an external site.)
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