"I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.
I like this quote because I feel that too many teachers place too much emphasis on teaching, rather than creating learners. This is why I chose to focus my advocacy on the importance of play in the classroom.
I am excited about this advocacy plan because I feel that I can be the voice for the children. I think that I can create enough information regarding the benefits of play in the classroom. In my center specifically our teachers create worksheets and learning lessons which in turn frustrates many of the children. I have heard some teachers mention the words "I think these children have TO much time to play if you ask me, and not enough learning." I think that I can be the voice to let these teachers understand that play and learning and not separate ideas, but play can be learning.
I am worried about the parents mostly, and reaching them. Center care is rather expensive, and there is a Christian preschool that we lose many children to, and mostly because they believe they are learning, and our center is just for play. Therefore the worksheets that are provided is their evidence that learning actually takes place. I also worry that I would not execute the advocacy effort because I believe if it is not executed correctly, failure is possible.
I think having confidence in my efforts and ideas is necessary. If I lose confidence the plan will not be executed effectively. At this point I am pretty confident that I am implement my plan., and through future research and planning, I will be able to execute the plan of action.
I would encourage others by letting them know that if you truly believe in something, give it your all because the one voice that can speak up, must be a firm voice.