Lino (2016) argued “teachers need to know the developmental characteristics of children in order to select appropriate materials. . . to address children’s needs, interests and rights, and create provocative learning environments that challenge the children and promote their learning and development” (p. 9). Furthermore, the author emphasizes the importance of understanding the interrelatedness of domains of development. In addition, Akkoyunlu, Menzi Çetin, and Dağhan (2016) promoted the importance of pre-service teachers engaging in reflective thinking experiences to help transfer knowledge gained to the learning environment. Consequently, this final presentation provides you the opportunity to reflect on your learning throughout this course, demonstrate your mastery of professional standards, analyze how domains of development are interrelated, and discuss how this knowledge will serve you in achieving your professional goals.
Review the standards guide from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 2010 NAEYC Standards for Initial & Advanced Early Childhood Professional Preparation Programs. (Links to an external site.)
Review the activities you have completed throughout this course to identify artifacts (completed work from your discussions and assignments), which show your growing mastery of the NAEYC Standards. You will choose one artifact for each of the following NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards for a total of five artifacts:
1a: Knowing and understanding young children’s characteristics and needs, from birth through age 8
1b: Knowing and understanding the multiple influences on early development and learning
1c: Using developmental knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for young children
Two more NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards of your choice