Congratulations to everyone on the completion of our first graduate class!!! It has been great getting to know all of you and I am excited to embark on our next 8 week journey together! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you!
“See” you in a week! 🙂
I-1.1- To be familiar with the knowledge base of childhood care and education and to stay informed through continuing education and training.
This is significant to my professional life because I am currently doing this through Walden University. Although as a professional in the education field, we are required to continue our education, it is also something that I am interested in doing. I love to learn more about my field and apply the new things I am learning.
I-1.5- To create and maintain safe and healthy settings that foster children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development and that respect their dignity and their contributions.
This ideal is significant to my professional life because I as an early childhood teacher I know how important it is to create an environment for children to feel safe. At the school I teach at we have students who really need to feel safe at school because it is the only place that they do feel safe. I strive to create a place that my students want to come back to every day.
I-1.10- To ensure that each child’s culture, language, ethnicity, and family structure are recognized and valued in the program.
I am always careful to respect my students cultures and beliefs in my classroom. Our school has a large population of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I have educated myself about how they practice religion and I am sure not to make them participate in something they shouldn’t. I always make sure I call my students parents and ask how they would like me to handle holidays. They all usually agree to the same thing: Their child is allowed top learn about the holidays that other cultures and religions celebrate but they are not allowed to celebrate them. When we learn about such holidays we usually do an activity to go with it and I alter the activity for my Jehovah’s Witness students. On Monday when my students learn about Hanukkah, they will make stained glass menorah’s but my Jehovah’s Witness students will make stained glass animals.
Video Program: “The Resources for Early Childhood” Five early childhood professionals discuss their preferred and trusted resources.
Position Statements and Influential Practices
- NAEYC. (2009). Developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood programs serving children from birth through age 8. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/dap
- NAEYC. (2009). Where we stand on child abuse prevention. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/ChildAbuseStand.pdf
- NAEYC. (2009). Where we stand on school readiness. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/Readiness.pdf
- NAEYC. (2009). Where we stand on responding to linguistic and cultural diversity. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/diversity.pdf
- NAEYC. (2003). Early childhood curriculum, assessment, and program evaluation: Building an effective, accountable system in programs for children birth through age 8. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/pscape.pdf
- NAEYC. (2009, April). Early childhood inclusion: A summary. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/DEC_NAEYC_ECSummary_A.pdf
- Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families. (2010). Infant-toddler policy agenda. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from http://main.zerotothree.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ter_pub_infanttodller
- FPG Child Development Institute. (2006, September). Evidence-based practice empowers early childhood professionals and families. (FPG Snapshot, No. 33). Retrieved May 26, 2010, from http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~snapshots/snap33.pdf
Note:The following article can be found in the Walden University Library databases.
- Turnbull, A., Zuna, N., Hong, J. Y., Hu, X., Kyzar, K., Obremski, S., et al. (2010). Knowledge-to-action guides. Teaching Exceptional Children, 42(3), 42–53. Use the Academic Search Complete database, and search using the article’s title.
Global Support for Children’s Rights and Well-Being
Early Childhood Organizations
Professional Journals Available in the Walden Library
- YC Young Children
- Journal of Child & Family Studies
- Child Study Journal
- Multicultural Education
- Early Childhood Education Journal
- Journal of Early Childhood Research
- International Journal of Early Childhood
- Early Childhood Research Quarterly
- Developmental Psychology
- Social Studies
- Maternal & Child Health Journal
- International Journal of Early Years Education
Additional Resources (Websites/articles that I enjoyed reading and learning from)