Tuesday, November 11, 2014

PERSONAL PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT

PERSONAL PROFESSIONAL  STATEMENT
WHAT IT TAKES TO BE AN ECE PROFESSIONAL

1-It takes all sorts of passion – You have to know the value of teaching future citizens and leaders. You have to love kids, love unconditionally and with understanding.  It’s passion for the Lord, and love for the home and the child.
2-Training – You can never learn too much:  from entry level courses to your masters, continuing education, and “the school of hard knocks”. It all is valuable.
3-Involvement in Early Childhood Education:  associations, advocacy issues, food program and the on the web. We need to be agents of change and improvement in the field.
4-Resource Gurus - Know how to get what you need to do your best: parent information, wellness, quality standards, etc.  Learn the buz words: accreditation, young star, CEUs, conference, etc.
5-Application – We need to be able to apply our passion, education and experiences to our daily lives and work with children. 
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” James 1:22


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Professional Goal

My goal is simple. I want to teach and mentor Child Care Providers. As I was researching how that might look I choose to get a T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship and take a class or two. I had the privilege of meeting with a T.E.A.C.H. Counselor at the WECA Conference last October. She thought that the Credit for Prior Learning Class would help me. She told me that sometimes we need to organize our past to have a better grip on what we should pursue in the future.  I pondered that for a long time.  Regardless of how my future work schedule looks I think that I will always want to learn so that I can be a part of the future of ECE.

Teaching “Guard Your Heart” Bible Study at my church has given me some new confidence also. My Pastor told me that the way to know if you have the gift of teaching is to teach and see if anyone comes. I started with eight student and went to sixteen :) 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

My Educational Philosophy Statment

Educational Philosophy Statement  


Early Childhood really has only one true purpose: to prepare children for life especially to know and serve God. This takes one step at a time, precept upon precept. The WMELS standard and the Bible help us to “train up a child”. I have heard it said by a number of kindergarten teachers, “Just teach them social skills and we can teach the academics!” I agree.

How can a child learn if he does not have the skills to get along with other children or follow instructions? Early Childhood Education should teach listening skills, following directions, helping others and taking turns. The academics will then come much easier. (Disclaimer – still be ready to teach academics where there is interest and ability.)

My role is as “Family Partner” teaching and modeling these skills through parent training, mini-preschool, structured and unstructured play and lots of outdoor exploration. All children learn differently. Our job is to give children opportunities to learn by seeing, hearing, smelling and touching. 

Being a “Family Partner” is challenging. Parents have different forms of communication. They have a preferred form and the “I will never answer” form.  First of all I find their preference and remember it. Not only does that improve communication but it reveals a caring start to the relationship.

Every parent and child come with family experiences, school, church (or no church) experiences, and with different temperaments. Parents are striving to do their best but often with limited or incorrect assumptions on parenting. I strive to research current trends while reviewing some of the “tried and true old school” parenting that also works so as to be ready to help them when they ask.

My goal is to teach parents to also become good students learning from scripture, available training and articles, and other parents, always remembering God gave then the child they are best suited to raise and that NOT everything they hear, read or look up on the internet is true!