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7-Demonstrate professional behavior

There are many components of being an early childhood professional. NAEYC has a
long-standing commitment to the development and support of strong early
childhood degree programs and professionals. NAEYC defines professional
development as initial preparation and learning experiences designed to improve
the knowledge, skills, behavior, attitudes, and values of the early childhood
workforce. Professional behaviors in the early childhood education include an ability
to communicate and skills at grasping ideas. Professional behaviors include
assessments, observations, and activity plans. Communication needs to be
respectful and consistent with parents and children. Parents rely on teachers to care
and educate their children. Communication with parents include lesson plans, daily
reports and interacting with the families. Planning and preparation for daily
activities is important in sustaining professional behavior in early childhood
education. Professional behavior includes dressing so you can interact with the
children in your care. The set up and cleanliness of your classes is a reflection of
you and impacts the need and education of the children. I learned from Discussion
#5 that the WMELS and DAP fit together to create a developmentally appropriate
environment. DAP and WMELS consider what a child already knows and can do and
the learning goals of the activities we create. When we plan our activities, they are
based on each childs interests, activities, and development by observing play and
interactions. Demonstrating professional behavior takes into consideration that
children learn at different levels. When we have a solid and consistent base for
children to learn, they understand what is expected. Observations is a core of
professional behavior in early childhood education. I learned from How to use your
observations that by observing and documenting children we learn insights into a
childs strengths. When we make it a habit to ask children questions, we can provide
a focus for observations and find solutions. By collecting observations we see a
childs growth and monitor their development through curriculum we base on our
observations. Assessments help teachers make good decisions on how to intervene
in supportive ways. Interventions should be about how and when based on a childs
interests and needs. When we step back and observe we let the child experience
something. Taking a few moments to observe may be all they need to figure it out
themselves. I learned students need to comply with personal and professional
program guidelines. This includes established guidelines for respectful interactions
with adults and children. I learned through my circle times and activity plans my
professional behavior will be consistent and children will feel at ease around me so
they can learn. Babies are genetically predisposed to form relationships, this is their
strongest evolutionary survival mechanism. I learned from Tuesday Night class that
relationships are at the heart of development and learning. Interactions between
infants and caregivers are the basis for childrens learning and development across
developmental domains. From the earliest moments when infants experience the
warm and closeness of being held while being fed, the interplay of relationships and
development begins. Overtime and with repetition, the relationship evolves through
ongoing interactions between the child and the caregiver. The relationships formed

with primary caregivers become the core context for the childs development.
Professional behavior brings respect, trust, and credibility. Everyone you come in
contact with will benefit from your ability to carry yourself in a professional manner.
Communicate respectfully and consistently with parents. Remember to plan and
prepare for your class. Dress professionally or appropriately for the environment you
teach in. do care about the setup and cleanliness of your classroom environment.
Invest time in professional development training courses, conferences, research,
and networking. NAEYCs core values are based on commitment to core values that
we have about approaching childhood as a unique and valuable stage of the human
life cycle.