Cognitivedevelopment is an essential learning practice in children’s lifebecause it is characterized by the way in which they procureknowledge, learn, and interact with their surroundings. As a teacher,I encourage cognitive development on children in areas such asconcentration, attentiveness, memory, and reflection by integratingsimple activities into their day-to-day operations. Practically, Iwould take children through several easy ways so as to assist them incognitive development(Taba, 1966).First, singing songs frequently with students and motivating them tosing along their favorite ones helps in stimulating their memory andin word identification. In addition, I would ask them to pinpointnoises they have heard throughout the day, for instance, dogsbarking, a car horn, or the washing machine this will assist thechildren in comprehending how sound give an account to objects ontheir daily surrounding.
Identifyingletters through singing the "Alphabet Song," reading booksin relation to the writing system, and frolicking with alphabetpuzzle would also assist children in cognitive and learningdevelopment. Exercising on counting is yet another way of cognitivedevelopment, as well as identifying colors and contours (Taba,1966).It is important to offer children choices on what they would like towear regarding color, and what they would like to have with regardsto food this helps the children to be more sovereign and gainconfidence in choices they make that will affect their life.Similarly, asking questions assist the children in learning how toreason out for themselves. Also, it helps them to acquire knowledgeon how to resolve issues and understand how their environs operate.Finally, I would encourage them to visit exciting places such as themuseums, archive, and agriculturalist’s market so as to providethem with the first-hand experience a well as to provoke theircuriosity.
Apparently,individuals are born communicators and have the competence ofexpressing and encountering a wide-ranging of emotions. Social andemotional learning is critical for both school and life success forthe acquired skills helps children in controlling their emotions andin making healthy choices concerning social behavior(Stegeman, 2015). Myrole as a teacher in promoting social and emotional development inchildren would first involve entrenching my teaching practice duringthe day. Likewise, I would pay attention and be sensitive tochildren`s needs depending on each child`s personality my presencewill serve as a pillar on building the children’s confidence aswell as their trust. Since the emotional domain is the basis of allother growth domain, children require an emotional reassuringenvironment that will enable them to experience love, which isnecessary for the architecture of their psychology. Exposing childrento activities that are flexible is also helpful because it booststheir ideas, which in response builds up their feelings that providethem with competence and self-respect.
Nurturingself-awareness is yet another strategy of social and emotionallearning this assists the children in feeling secure and allows themto understand their own emotions. Teaching self-management helps thechildren to control their feelings and social behavior. Particularly,children require a role model whom they will look up to when it comesto self-control, thus, as a teacher, I am very vigilant on how Irespond and interact with other adults in the presence of children(Stegeman,2015). Childrenshould be motivated to display sympathy and understanding towardsothers this is done through listening to the children consequently,they will also learn how to listen to others and interact with peoplefrom diverse cultures. Lastly, I would encourage healthy relationshipamid students for them to gain the competency to handle conflictresponsibly.
Notably,it is important for a classroom to be set up in a way that allowslearning in all three areas. First, a class requires differentiatingcontent, which involves using audios, videos, as lectures. Contentencompasses of abilities, theory, and knowledge that students needlearning centered on the education curriculum. Secondly, it needs adifferentiating processing, since it assists students in assessingwhat they do and do not understand. Processing incorporates in whatmanner pupils make sense of content they have learned in class.Students usually need time to reflect as well as digest learningactivities before proceeding to the following section of the lesson.Essentially, workshop and discussion groups are useful in reflectingand processing what students have learned(Hannah, 2013). Thirdly,a class requires differentiating products, which ranges from studentsideas to their performances. The crucial products’ preference isoffering vibrant academic principles that students comprehend.However, students` expertise is different due to their individualityand the notions they have, and it is the responsibility of theteacher to set off general criteria for all students. Nonetheless,there are always challenges when it comes to learning and teaching.For example, time management has always been a major issue. However,creating lesson beforehand can help to ease the situation. Moreover,there is a matter of finding the appropriate assets for both teachingand learning. Nevertheless, there are approved educator websites thatcan be used as a center of acquiring knowledge.
Hannah,R. (2013). The effect of classroom environment on student learning.Retrieved from: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/honors_theses/2375/
Stegeman,L. (2015). Preparingearly field placement students to understand and promote earlychildhood social and emotional development through pre-session andpost-session teaching team meetings (Doctoraldissertation, University of Delaware). Retrieved from:http://udspace.udel.edu/handle/19716/17652
Taba,H. (1966). Teaching Strategies and Cognitive Functioning inElementary School Children. Retrieved from:http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED025448.pdf