In this course, we will be Assessing the Behavior of Young Children who belong to our Early Childhood Education Program.
If you will initially be asked to do your first “Assessment Task” among these Young Children, what “emphasizing truth?” could you observe? Do the kids really get that “meaningful experience” which should be rendered to them in terms of Assessment?
More often than not, most of us may have that natural tendency to identify factors that should give that “consequential experience” from the outside – such as lack of facilities, number of teachers, inconsistencies, and the likes – such that we may find it an excuse that our actions are limited by the outside “consequences”. But US, being part of Early Childhood Education should be the first customers of our program. Attempting to Assess the Young Children’s Behavior is just like “looking into their eyes” with an “innate skill” which “i feel” is actually not significantly accorded in any Teacher Trainings if there are any.
We can never really see what lies within each child’s eyes if we haven’t exerted effort “looking into our own” – for we can never really deliver that “meaningful experience” if we haven’t even devoted ourselves through it.
“The first years of life are important because what happens in early childhood can matter in a lifetime!” – Harvard, 2009
Our existence as teachers would matter in each child’s lifetime – yet, we can never really give what we don’t have; and we wouldn’t know what to give if we wouldn’t identify what we have. In the same way, we wouldn’t really strive to work for something else if we are not aware of what we don’t have.
To BEST BEGIN, why not strive “to look into your own eyes” – the window of your soul!?
It’s never too late: PEEP-INto your OWN WINDOW! Grab this opportunity now … look within, query around, reflect on feedbacks, find opportunities of your better understanding your “self” so that you may also be able to understand the young children you’re catering to.
Begin filling in your window:
This is a Johari Window, a Model developed by American psychologists Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham in 1955, an idea derived as the upshot of the group dynamics in University of California. The name ‘Johari’ came from joining their first two names: Jo-Har-I.
As a Psychological Tool, the ‘Johari’ window model is relevantly used to identify TWO TRUTHS in your life: the “known” and the “unknown” areas which you and others “see” and “do not see” .
It could aid in improving self-awareness, ‘soft’ skills and in motivating personal development as you go through the journey of discovering “who you are” as a person. – while you enhance your perception on others through social “trust” as you thrive to achieve the task of understanding and enhancing communication for interpersonal development when you’re already in a group.
Each person is represented by the Johari model through four quadrants or window panes which signify personal information, feelings, motivation and whether that information is known or unknown to oneself or others in four viewpoints:
- “Open self” or Arena – the “Public” area which you and others see in you: attitudes, behavior, emotions, feelings, skills and views. You typically do not mind discussing with others this part of you. Most of the time you agree with this view you have and others have of you upon “feedback solicitation”.
- “Hidden Self” or Façade– the “Private” area which you see in yourself but others don’t; known to you but is kept unknown from others which you feel reluctant to reveal: feelings, past experiences, fears, secrets, faults, weaknesses, and dysfunctions due to modesty, vulnerability & protection.
- “Blind self” or blind spot–the area which you do not see in yourself but others see in you: those that others know in a group but you are unaware of it. Others may interpret yourselves differently than you expect; sometimes a mismatch between your talk & walk which you fail to detect.
- “Unknown Self” area – the “Undiscovered” area of your self that you cannot see nor others around you: your feelings, capabilities, talents; even the traumatic past experiences or events which can be unknown for a lifetime and makes you unaware till you discover your hidden qualities and capabilities through observation of others. You would need to strive for Open Communication to effectively decrease the unknown area and thus to communicate effectively.
So long as you are ever willing to open up those windows, more doors of opportunities will be opened.
Now that you have accomplished such self-discovery and disclosure, how do you think would this self-assessment help you in Assessing the Behavior of Young Children?
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