Khamis, 31 Mei 2012

Leadership for Children

Written By: Annie Evett
Leadership skills is a combination of many characteristics which enable children to take control of their lives. Although there are natural born leaders and every effective group requires both leaders and followers, with support and encouragement from an early age, all children have potential leadership skills which can be developed and enhanced.

It is important to stress to children that leadership is about being in control of ones own life.Children need to be encouraged to think of things which they can make happen, rather than things happening to them.  With the main areas of leadership focusing on communication, teamwork, negotiation, planning and persistence; it gives parents a myriad of opportunities to enhance their childrens growing skill base in every day activities.

 Followers and Leaders.

There is a careful balance in group dynamics which is often difficult to explain to younger or shy children.  Natural leaders in children's groups tend to be very outgoing or ego centric individuals and its not until children are able to look at the roles they play before they begin to understand the subtleties and importance of the roles within a group.

Children who are primarily followers and who tend to quickly cower in the face of peer pressure and risky temptation, often simply lack vital decision-making and self-assertion skills. Through encouragement and different opportunities to build these skill areas, they will become more confident in asserting and utilising their leadership role.

Children need to appreciate that there are times and situations where it is appropriate to switch between being a leader to a follower and visa versa. They also need to understand the importance of a good support group within the role of a follower and that there is nothing shameful or ‘wimpy’ about it.

Simply pushing someone towards the role of leader does not mean that they will be a good or effective leader. The title itself means little unless they have earned it and the respect of those around them and have the self confidence to step into it.

As children, natural leaders are normally those who assume initiative whenever the opportunity arises within playtime. They will involve themselves in organising things or people and are generally very creative and have good communications skills from and early age. However, with encouragement, every child can assume the mantle of leadership within a part of their lives.

When teaching leadership for kids, parents might like to employ role playing to pose hypothetical peer situations to get children thinking about how they might address situations that they are faced with in the future.

 Ingredients of Leadership

A necessary ingredient for teaching kids leadership skills is encourage their verbal expression. Good communication involves both listening and communicating effectively. Parents and careres can provide opportunities for children to listen first so that they know what others are speaking first and to speak in a clear confident manner.

Collaboration and teamwork is a key ingredient in leadership. An important learning of working together is the realisation that a group ( be it a family unit or a play group of friends) can get  more accomplished and in less time, rather than simply going it alone.
Parents and carers might design family group tasks so that children experience collaboration in both play and task activities.

The art of negotiation and compromising remains a skill which is highly regarded amongst corporate teams and one which can be encouraged from the earliest aged child. Through the process of working in teams, children need to learn the art of give and take, where being able to bend and compromise in some areas  so that the task is still completed and everyone is still happy.

Planning and strategies form the two most important skills within leadership. Leaders have an intimate grasp on the overall picture or goal and are able to break tasks down into easily achievable groupings.
Parents and carers who design opportunities for children to undertake planning and strategising need to ensure appropriate amounts of support and time is given so that the children are able to accomplish their outcomes.

Planning a strategy is a great way to empower and build childrens self esteem and confidence as well as  providing them with a clearer vision of what they are about to achieve.

Checklists are an easy way to introduce planning and organisational skills and with children who don’t have the literacy skills yet, these lists can be pictorial.

The power of persistence and determination provides children with strong foundation of personal pride.  Problems and challenges need to be regarded as a fact of life and children need to be encouraged and supported in appropriate ways to deal with them through problem solving without becoming demoralised or frustrated. Simple planning and strategies to impliment into family life can include:
  • planning for an outing/ picnic - checklists or food and items to take
  • packing for a weekend or holiday
  • having checklists and systems in place for weekly sporting or interest area activities the family / individuals are involved with.
  • planning for meals
  • planning for birthday party or similar - shopping, decorations, baking.
Young children can be involved at nearly every stage of planning and implementation of events.
Not only does this give them ownership, but it also begins to instil a sense of responsibility and belonging to the family unit and to see the importance of strategies and planning.

Leadership for children is developed through thoughtful initiatives and the understanding that simply being passive and following the crowd can leave children open to all kinds of outside influences.

It is through games and activities which encourage their communication skills, team work and resilience which lay the foundations for children to explore and initiate their leaderships qualities.


Are Your Children Leaders?


Every just watched a group of kids playing and noticed the dynamics involved? If your a parent I'm sure you have. Some kids seem to get along great with others, some seem to play more on their own, some are nothing but trouble, and some seem very nurturing. Of course, whether it's a group of boys, or girls, or a mix of both will affect the group dynamics.

Can you pick tomorrows future leaders out of the bunch? It's not necessarily just the bossy ones you should pick. Think about the real leaders in your daily life, and what qualities they exhibit. Those that lead by example, encourage others to do better, and bring others together to work towards a common goal. Those may seem like lofty qualities to find in small children, but if you look closely, you will see some that do exhibit those very qualities.

Little Leadership Learned

Leadership is not just about being the one telling others what to do. While that may be a part of what leaders do, it only works successfully after they have earned the trust and respect of others. Trust in others instills others to trust you, as respect in others, instills others to respect you. Teaching your children to learn to trust and respect others will go a longs way in making them leaders.

While winning the trust of others is essential to leadership, it is not always easy for some to do. Those who can do it well, will be successful leaders in the future. As a parent, probably the easiest way to teach a child these qualities is through your own example when interacting with your children.

The Leader In You

While wanting your child to be a leader can be a good thing, it's not necessarily the right thing for your child. How can you tell? Do they seem comfortable in large groups of children? Do others respond well to their suggestions? Do they have an interest in setting the direction or style of play their peers participate in? If yes, then maybe they have some natural leadership qualities within them. These can of course be nurtured. If they don't, then that doesn't mean they are destined to be great leaders.

Whoever said "Great leaders are made not born" was on the right track. Taking the initiative, making suggestions, providing direction, being sympathetic to the problems of others are all characteristics that can make great leaders. And fortunately, they are also behaviors that can be encouraged in our children.

Ahad, 27 Mei 2012

Refleksi Pengurusan Program Pendidikan Awal Kanak-kanak


Alhamdulillah kelas Pengurusan Program Pendidikan Awal Kanak-kanak dah tamat pada 24 Mei. Banyak ilmu telah dipelajari sepanjang kelas ni terutama bagi kami yang berada dalam kos open market ni.Walaupun pensyarah kami Madam Putri Afzan Maria (insyallah akan bergelar Dr.) masuk agak lewat kerana baru pulang dari U.K dan anak beliau masuk ke hospital tetapi pelbagai ilmu dapat beliau kongsi bersama kami terutama bidang awal kanak-kanak di U.K yang amat berbeza sekali dengan di Malaysia.

Bermula dengan kuliah pertama kami berkenalan dan membincangkan serba sedikit tentang subjek ini. Seterusnya kami mempelajari tentang pengurusan sesebuah tadika dan seterusnya bagaimana untuk menubuhkan sebuah tadika yang dimulakan dengan perancangan kertas kerja yang sangat mendalam sekali. Untuk penilaian subjek ini, kami telah membentangkan kertas kerja penubuhan tadika masing-masing yang banyak memberi pengalaman dan makna kepada kami. Terima kasih Madam kerana sudi berkongsi ilmu dengan kami.

Gambar bersama poster dan syakilla

Gambar Bersama Madam dan Imran


Jumaat, 18 Mei 2012

Praktikum dan Projek Akhir

Alhamdulillah minggu lepas dapat tau nama penyelia praktikum dan projek akhir. Insyallah bln 6 ni saya akan mula praktikum disebuah tadika swasta di Setia Alam. Ni merupakan beberapa gambar yang diambil di tadika tersebut 

Luar tadika
Kawasan bermain
Ruang aktiviti

Kelas 4 tahun
Kelas 5 tahun
Rasa xsabar nk berpraktikum dah ni. Tadika ini dia guna kurikulum Little Caliphs Program. Dimana dia banyak kepada english dan agama.Lagi satu sebab saya dah tau saya punya penyelia iaitu Dr Loy maka dengan semangat jumpa Dr untuk tanya pasal tajuk projek akhir saya. Dr kata ok dan dia suruh teruskan kepada proposal dan bab 1-3. Insyallah saya akan start buat projek akhir minggu ni. Hari sabtu ni saya join seminar isu-isu semasa pendidikan awal kanak-kanak antara penyampainya adalah Prof Dato Dr Aminah(UPSI), Dr Mahani(UPSI), Prof Madya Dr Mariani(UM), Dr Hasnah(UKM) dan Dr Loy sendiri.

Terima Kasih

Khamis, 17 Mei 2012

Selamat Hari Guru


Selamat Hari Guru dan terima kasih
Khas kepada
Guru-guru dan pensyarah
Tadika bahagia,
Sk taman rinting 1,
Sk bukit kapar,
Smk Meru,
Kolej matrikulasi johor (KMJ)
Universiti Pendidikan Sulatan Idris (UPSI)
Bakal-bakal guru (bdk2 ISMP PAKK 2009)
serta yang terutama
Mak saya Pn Sabariah Hassan dan 
Ayah saya Md Salleh Abd Rahman

 Berburu ke padang datar
Dapat rusa belang kaki
Berguru kepala ajar
Ibarat bunga kembang tak jadi
(dedikasi kepada Hari Guru dan guruku tercinta)

Dialah pemberi paling setia
Tiap akar ilmu miliknya
Pelita dan lampu segala
Untuk manusia sebelum jadi dewasa.
Dialah ibu dialah bapa juga sahabat
Alur kesetiaan mengalirkan nasihat
Pemimpin yang ditauliahkan segala umat
Seribu tahun katanya menjadi hikmat.
Jika hari ini seorang Perdana Menteri berkuasa
Jika hari ini seorang Raja menaiki takhta
Jika hari ini seorang Presiden sebuah negara
Jika hari ini seorang ulama yang mulia
Jika hari ini seorang peguam menang bicara
Jika hari ini seorang penulis terkemuka
Jika hari ini siapa sahaja menjadi dewasa;
Sejarahnya dimulakan oleh seorang guru biasa
Dengan lembut sabarnya mengajar tulis-baca.
Di mana-mana dia berdiri di muka muridnya
Di sebuah sekolah mewah di Ibu Kota
Di bangunan tua sekolah Hulu Terengganu
Dia adalah guru mewakili seribu buku;
Semakin terpencil duduknya di ceruk desa
Semakin bererti tugasnya kepada negara.
Jadilah apa pun pada akhir kehidupanmu, guruku
Budi yang diapungkan di dulangi ilmu
Panggilan keramat "cikgu" kekal terpahat
Menjadi kenangan ke akhir hayat.


Terima kasih

Ahad, 13 Mei 2012

Permainan Kanak-kanak

Salam semua

Hari ni saya nk cerita sedikit pasal permainan kanak-kanak. Kalu kita lihat kanak-kanak akan teruja apabila dibawah ke kawasan permainan atau kedai permainan apabila membeli belah. Terdapat pelbagai pilihan permainan yang ada dipasaran sekarang. Tetapi ibubapa harus bijak memilih alat permainan yang bersesuaian dan dapat membantu perkembangan kanak-kanak.

Permainan seperti lego atau puzzle bagus bagi membantu kanak-kanak berfikir dan berimaginasi. Tetapi ibubapa seharusnya menjadi pembimbing supaya proses bermain itu menjadi satu proses pembelajaran bermakna kepada kanak-kanak.

Begitu juga dengan bayi, walaupun bagi sesetangah ibubapa, permainan tidak sesuai kepada anak mereka tetapi sebenarnya mereka salah kerana bayi mengunakan sense dalam mempelajari sesuatu. Seperti contoh, bayi akan membaling atau mengigit alat permainan yang diberikan mereka, disitu mereka akan mempelajari rasa dan sentuhan serta mendatangkan kegembiraan kepada mereka.

Oleh itu, ibubapa tidak boleh menganggu proses bermain anak-anak mereka kecuali melihat sebagai langkah keselamatan supaya tidak berlaku kecederaan atau kemalangan.

Terima kasih