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You and Early Childhood Education
Chapter 1 – Mrs. Wagner
• Who is an early childhood professional? • What can you do to embody the personal, educational, professional practice, and public dimensions of professionalism? • What is the terminology of early childhood education? • How can you prepare for a career in early childhood education? • What does the future hold for the early childhood professional?
Who is an Early Childhood Professional? • Early Childhood Professional?
– A person that has the personal characteristics, knowledge, and skills necessary to teach and conduct programs so that all children learn. – The ability to inform the public about children’s and family issues. – A professional is a person who promotes high standards for themselves, their colleagues, and their students. – Continually improving and expanding their skills and knowledge.
1 – Text Page 5 • Definitions of Categories of Early Childhood Professionals • NAEYC – National Association for the Education of Young Children • http://www.Figure 1.org • Magazines .naeyc.
• • • • The Four Dimensions of Professionalism Personal Characteristics Educational Attainment Professional Practice Public Presentation .
Personal Characteristics • Four areas • • • • Personal Character Emotional Qualities Physical Health Mental Health .
pdf – Appendix A – Activity .state.pa.Personal Character • Ethical Behavior • Having high morals and values • Legally and ethically proper • NAEYC developed codes of ethics that help inform and guide professional practice.us/teaching/lib/teachi ng/PACodeofConduct.teaching. – PA Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators » http://www.
Acts of Kindness and Helpfulness – Ex. Courteous with children.Personal Character (cont. Respect. Intelligence and Motivation . and colleagues • Additional Traits • Courtesy.) • Civility • Compassion. parents. Enthusiasm. Patience. Dedication. Honesty.
Emotional Qualities • What is the most important quality? » » » » » » » » » » » Love and respect for children Understanding of children and their families Compassion Empathy Friendliness Kindness Sensitivity Trust Tolerance Warmth Caring .
) • Why Caring? » » » » » » » » » » Love and respect for children Understanding of children and their families Compassion Empathy Friendliness Kindness Sensitivity Trust Tolerance Warmth .Emotional Qualities (cont.
Good Professionals…. Care about all children! .
enthusiasm. and stamina that teaching requires and demands! . you can do your best and be your best! – Wellness and healthy living are vital for the energy.Physical Health • Why do you feel it is important to be healthy and fit as an early childhood professional? – When you are healthy.
Mental Health • Having good mental health enables professionals to instill in children good mental health habits. » » » » Optimism Attentiveness Self-confidence Self-respect • Maintaining a positive outlook on… » Life » The profession » The future .
Educational Dimension • Essential knowledge of the profession and professional practice • Understand the ways children develop and learn • Keeping up-to-date on public issues .
pa.teaching.pdf – Teaching in PA: Nursery/Kindergarten Teacher and Nursery/Kindergarten Assistant Teacher .state.us/teaching/lib/ teaching/EarlyChildhoodEducation.Educational Dimension • Vary from state to state – http://www.
Educational Dimension • Associate Degree Program • Baccalaureate Programs • Master’s Degree Programs • Doctorate in Early Childhood Education or Child Development • Two years • Four Years • Four Years + • Four Years ++ .
families.The Professional Practice Dimension • This dimension includes: • • • • • • • • • • Knowing children Developing a philosophy of education Planning Assessing Reporting Reflecting and thinking Teaching Collaborating with parents. and community partners Engaging in ethical practice Seeking continued professional development opportunities .
Early Childhood education is the how of the profession. .Child Development is the what of early childhood.
• Demonstrate a basic understanding of child development and apply this knowledge in practice • Observe and assess children’s behavior for use in planning and individualizing curriculum. • Establish and maintain an environment that ensures children’s safety and their healthy development.Early childhood professionals must be able to do the following… • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the early childhood profession and make a commitment to professionalism. .
• Establish positive and productive relationships with families. • Support the uniqueness of each child. culture. and society. .Early childhood professionals must be able to do the following… • Plan and implement a developmentally appropriate program that advances all areas of children’s learning and development. social. including intellectual. emotional. • Establish supportive relationships with children and implement developmentally appropriate techniques of guidance and group management. and physical competence. recognizing that children are best understood in the context of family.
.Philosophy of Education… • A set of beliefs about how children develop and learn and what and how they should be taught.
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.Planning • Stating what children will learn and what children are able to do. • Deciding how to assess activities and the things that children have learned. • State Board of Education: Academic Standards • Selecting developmentally appropriate activities and materials and ones that are based on children’s interests. • Deciding how much time to allocate to an activity.
. making decisions about how to meet children’s needs.Assessing • Assessment is the process of gathering information about children’s behavior and achievement and. on the basis of this data.
be accountable to the public in fulfilling your role of helping children learn and be successful. . as a professional.Reporting • “How is my child doing?” • Helps you.
think while you teach.Reflecting and Thinking • Think before you teach. . and think after you teach.
Teaching • Teaching involves making decisions about what to teach. . engaging students in learning activities. planning for teaching. reporting to parents and others. assessing student behavior and achievement. and engaging in ongoing professional development. collaborating with colleagues and community partners. managing learning environments.
whatever that family unit may be. Learning how to comfortably and confidently work with parents is as essential as teaching children • Community Partners .Collaborating with… • Parents • Families – Children’s learning begins and continues within the context of the family unit.
. and community members. families.Engaging in Ethical Practice • Ethical Conduct – the exercise of responsible behavior with children. colleagues.
Seeking Ongoing Professional Development Opportunities .
The Public Dimension • Advocacy • Articulation • Representation .
children living in poverty .abuse and neglect prevention. – Examples . health.Advocacy • The act of pleading the causes of children and families to the profession and the public.
Articulation • Early childhood professionals must be knowledgeable and informed about the profession and the issues it faces. the media. families. and others in the community. • They have to be able to discuss these issues with the public. .
.Representation • The process of acting in the best possible ways on behalf of children and families. • Being a role model.
• • • • Four Dimensions of Professionalism Personal Educational Professional Public .
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