Saturday, March 21, 2015
What if your Early Childhood Teacher could not read?
Imagine if your child's Early Childhood teacher couldn't read, and you didn't know it? how would you feel and what would you do? That is a question that should never be addressed. I have only experienced this one time in my life. I was working at an in-home daycare center, and a teacher was asked to read a book to the students; it was part of the interviewing process. She said, "I'll try, but I'm not sure I can." I was shocked, but didn't think much of it since I had resigned and on my way out of the door. I didn't think about it again until I read the article below.
Honestly, I can't see this happening too much, since anyone that graduates from high school must take an assessment test in Reading, Math and Language. But I don't think that it's anything wrong with testing teachers in reading before they get their certification, this was something that was suggested by the Houston Federation of Teachers"
Whether you have problems with reading or not, I think that a good rule of thumb, would be to pre-read your books before presenting them to your class.
I never been okay with the amount of units required to be considered a teacher; and this article proves that it is important that Early Childhood Educators are certified teachers. Where I live, for a person to be considered a teacher, they only need 12 Early Childhood units. Which is 3 Early Childhood classes. I don't think that is enough to be considered a teacher. The Houston Federation of Teachers, President Gayle Fallen said it best, "You don't get to call yourself a hospital and have doctors who don't have a degree, so it's not uncommon in area of public service."