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.