Presentation on theme: "You and Early Childhood Education"— Presentation transcript:
1 You and Early Childhood Education I Like MilkChapter 1 – Mrs. Wagner
2 Focus Questions 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?
3 Who is an 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.
4 Figure 1.1 – Text Page 5Definitions of Categories of Early Childhood ProfessionalsNAEYC – National Association for the Education of Young ChildrenMagazines
5 The Four Dimensions of Professionalism Personal CharacteristicsEducational AttainmentProfessional PracticePublic Presentation
6 Personal Characteristics Four areasPersonal CharacterEmotional QualitiesPhysical HealthMental Health
7 Personal Character Ethical Behavior Having high morals and values Legally and ethically properNAEYC developed codes of ethics that help inform and guide professional practice.PA Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for EducatorsAppendix A – Activity
8 Personal Character (cont.) CivilityCompassion, Patience, Acts of Kindness and HelpfulnessEx. Courteous with children, parents, and colleaguesAdditional TraitsCourtesy, Dedication, Respect, Enthusiasm, Honesty, Intelligence and Motivation
9 Emotional Qualities What is the most important quality? Love and respect for childrenUnderstanding of children and their familiesCompassionEmpathyFriendlinessKindnessSensitivityTrustToleranceWarmthCaring
10 Emotional Qualities (cont.) Why Caring?Love and respect for childrenUnderstanding of children and their familiesCompassionEmpathyFriendlinessKindnessSensitivityTrustToleranceWarmth
11 Care about all children! Good Professionals….Care about all children!
12 Physical HealthWhy do you feel it is important to be healthy and fit as an early childhood professional?When you are healthy, you can do your best and be your best!Wellness and healthy living are vital for the energy, enthusiasm, and stamina that teaching requires and demands!
13 Mental HealthHaving good mental health enables professionals to instill in children good mental health habits.OptimismAttentivenessSelf-confidenceSelf-respectMaintaining a positive outlook on…LifeThe professionThe future
14 Educational Dimension Essential knowledge of the profession and professional practiceUnderstand the ways children develop and learnKeeping up-to-date on public issues
15 Educational Dimension Vary from state to stateTeaching in PA: Nursery/Kindergarten Teacher and Nursery/Kindergarten Assistant Teacher
16 Educational Dimension Associate Degree ProgramBaccalaureate ProgramsMaster’s Degree ProgramsDoctorate in Early Childhood Education or Child DevelopmentTwo yearsFour YearsFour Years +Four Years ++
17 The Professional Practice Dimension This dimension includes:Knowing childrenDeveloping a philosophy of educationPlanningAssessingReportingReflecting and thinkingTeachingCollaborating with parents, families, and community partnersEngaging in ethical practiceSeeking continued professional development opportunities
18 Child Development is the what of early childhood Child Development is the what of early childhood. Early Childhood education is the how of the profession.
19 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.Demonstrate a basic understanding of child development and apply this knowledge in practiceObserve 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.
20 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, including intellectual, social, emotional, and physical competence.Establish supportive relationships with children and implement developmentally appropriate techniques of guidance and group management.Establish positive and productive relationships with families.Support the uniqueness of each child, recognizing that children are best understood in the context of family, culture, and society.
21 Philosophy of Education… A set of beliefs about how children develop and learn and what and how they should be taught.
23 PlanningStating what children will learn and what children are able to do.State Board of Education: Academic StandardsSelecting developmentally appropriate activities and materials and ones that are based on children’s interests.Deciding how much time to allocate to an activity.Deciding how to assess activities and the things that children have learned.
24 AssessingAssessment is the process of gathering information about children’s behavior and achievement and, on the basis of this data, making decisions about how to meet children’s needs.
25 Reporting “How is my child doing?” Helps you, as a professional, be accountable to the public in fulfilling your role of helping children learn and be successful.
26 Reflecting and Thinking Think before you teach, think while you teach, and think after you teach.
27 TeachingTeaching involves making decisions about what to teach, planning for teaching, engaging students in learning activities, managing learning environments, assessing student behavior and achievement, reporting to parents and others, collaborating with colleagues and community partners, and engaging in ongoing professional development.
28 Collaborating with… Parents Families Community Partners Children’s learning begins and continues within the context of the family unit, whatever that family unit may be. Learning how to comfortably and confidently work with parents is as essential as teaching childrenCommunity Partners
29 Engaging in Ethical Practice Ethical Conduct – the exercise of responsible behavior with children, families, colleagues, and community members.
30 Seeking Ongoing Professional Development Opportunities
31 The Public DimensionAdvocacyArticulationRepresentation
32 AdvocacyThe act of pleading the causes of children and families to the profession and the public.Examples - abuse and neglect prevention, health, children living in poverty
33 ArticulationEarly childhood professionals must be knowledgeable and informed about the profession and the issues it faces.They have to be able to discuss these issues with the public, the media, families, and others in the community.
34 RepresentationThe process of acting in the best possible ways on behalf of children and families.Being a role model.
35 Four Dimensions of Professionalism PersonalEducationalProfessionalPublic
36 Early Childhood Terminology Turn to your text page 24.