Becoming a Professional
Have you ever really thought about what the term “professional” means as an early childhood educator? What exactly does it mean to be a professional in the field of early childhood education? By definition, a profession is “an occupation that requires extensive education and/or specialized training” (Bredekamp, 2017, p. 527). As a student enrolled in a master’s level program, you are indeed receiving both extensive and specialized education in your field of study. It is important that you not only see yourself as a professional, but also that you understand how to uphold your role as a professional in the field of early childhood education. That is where this first post this week begins.
To prepare for this discussion, review the NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation that you read in Week 1 of class.
For your initial post you will
Guided Response: Respond to at least two of your peers’ posts. Using the article How Parents Feel About Their Child’s Teacher/School: Implications for Early Childhood Professionals (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., provide a minimum of three suggestions to your peer about they can further their professionalism through the creation of a stronger parent–professional relationship (Knopf & Swick, 2007, p. 293).
Though two replies is the basic expectation, for deeper engagement and learning you are encouraged to provide responses to any comments or questions others have given to you. Remember, continuing to engage with peers and the instructor will further the conversation and provide you with opportunities to demonstrate your content expertise, critical thinking, and real-world experiences with this topic
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