The Early Learning Center is a place that really allowed me to grow.
Pros: making a positive change in a child's life.
Cons: sometimes a child just grates on your nerves and you still have to put a smile on.
Each day I would be assigned room to be a Teacher Assistant in and assume full responsibilities of that position. I would help with food prep, assist with family style dining, lead activities, lead group time, set up activities, constantly make sure every child is accounted for, and open or close the room if needed.
I learned behavior management skills, – more... how to lesson plan, how to be creative and come up with activities on the fly, how to multi-task, and how to work with children with special needs.
I was in-charge of a whole classroom with the help of another teacher so depending on the age from 6-18 kids at a time.
Each co-worker had a different teaching style and I quickly picked up on them and never had any conflicts.
The hardest park is if there is an accident, taking care of all the children while the other teachers attention is only on one child.
Seeing the children's face light up when they learn something new, master a new technique, or just say something that completely makes you smile are the best parts of the job. – less