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Help - I've just started teaching!

A support guide for early childhood educators

A graduate's first few years in the workforce is a turbulent time of change and anxiety as they work to understand their role. Help - I've just started teaching! is a valuable resource for students, graduates, room leaders, mentor teachers, centre directors and tertiary staff. It helps to support contextual experience with practical advice and guidance and can be used as a reference tool to support students' context and practice. It draws on the expertise of practising teachers who share examples of their early experiences.

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Ages: 0-5 | Pages: 76 | Code: TS0302 | ISBN: 9781925145311

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Julia Gray

Julia has worked as both a kindergarten teacher and educational leader since graduating from the University of Ballarat with a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) several years ago. She currently works as a sessional kindergarten teacher and program coordinator at a centre in Melbourne. Julia holds a Master of Education Studies from Federation University; her thesis explored teacher impact on peer relationships in kindergarten settings. Help – I’ve just started teaching! is her first book and was inspired by her work as a mentor for pre-service teachers, new graduates and educators moving into leadership roles within a centre.

Contents

Foreword4
Acknowledgements5
Introduction6
Chapter 1: Setting up the learning environment7
Preparing the learning space7
Assessing the sensory impacts of the learning environment11
Preparing your learning environment13
Chapter 1 reflection questions13
Chapter 2: Preparing the program16
The planning cycle16
The program plan17
What to put in your program19
Documentation20
Group times21
Promoting belonging in your program22
Learning story template26
Anecdotal note template27
Running record template28
Jottings template29
Time sampling template30
Programming checklist31
Chapter 2 reflection questions32
Chapter 3: Working with children34
Supporting children’s transition into care34
Children’s behaviour36
Managing big behaviours36
Managing disputes between children37
Supporting great behaviour38
Managing a noisy room39
Managing children’s communications40
Soothing upsets40
Physical contact with children41
Educator practices42
Chapter 3 reflection questions43
Chapter 4: Working with families45
Building relationships with families46
Parent–teacher interviews49
Involving families in the program50
Difficult conversations with families51
Planning checklist for working with families52
Parent–teacher interviews53
Chapter 4 reflection questions54
Chapter 5: Leadership in the learning environment56
Working with co-educators56
Being a team leader57
Promoting a healthy team dynamic59
Team meetings61
Reflecting on leading questionnaire61
Team meeting minutes template62
Chapter 5 reflection questions63
Chapter 6: Looking after yourself65
Risk factors of educator illness65
Burnout66
Educator self-care66
Relieving stress67
Reflective practice68
Self-care plan69
Chapter 6 reflection questions70
Final advice for your very first day72
Notes73
Useful resources and references75