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					    IECE-12. Students will demonstrate
    professional development planning.

IECE-2. Students will analyze career paths within
      the early childhood education field.
IECE-12: Students will demonstrate professional development planning.
   ◦ Develop a personal philosophy of early childhood education teaching.
   ◦ Develop personal teaching goals.
   ◦ Develop a professional portfolio containing at least the following:
        student picture identification
        resume
        teaching goals
        letters of recommendation
        list of early childhood program standards mastered
        copies of and certification/cards pertaining to child care eligibility
        samples of student-developed teaching materials
 Develop criteria and evaluate student portfolios using national and student developed criteria.

EDU-IECE-2 . Students will analyze career paths within the early childhood
education field.
   a. Describe career opportunities in early childhood care and education.
   b. Determine the roles and functions of individuals engaged in the early childhood field.
   c. Explore opportunities for employment and entrepreneurial endeavors.
   d. Identify personal characteristics and qualities required of an early childhood educator.
   e. Define terms used in the early childhood education field.
   f. Know the functions and roles of the various roles in early childhood care and education.
   g. Identify early childhood care and education professional organizations.
   h. Examine a variety of early childhood care and education.
     ENDURING UNDERSTANDINGS &
        ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS

Enduring Understandings:
 Students will describe career opportunities in Early Childhood Education

 Students will apply qualities and requirements to obtain employment in
  the field of Early Childhood Education
 Students will recognize professional organizations that support Early
  Childhood
  

Essential Questions:
 What employment opportunities are available in the early childhood field?

 What characteristics and qualities are important in these positions?

 What organizations will support individuals in the field?
 
    KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS
Knowledge from this Unit:
 Vocabulary Terms

 Employment positions,: availability, salaries, required
  education/training, desirable qualities/traits
 Supportive professional organizations



Skills from this Unit:
 Compare and contrast employment opportunities

 Identify supportive services from a variety of professional
  organizations
 Analyze career matches with personal characteristics
      OPENING- BELL RINGER
                Answer the following:
HEADING YOUR
                    ARTICLE DAY
   PAPER                 (Every Friday!!!)

Top Left             Read the article provided.
                      Document the following:
Course/Period        Title/ Author/Today’s Date
Assignment
                  Respond with the following:

Top Right             3   Things you learned
Name             2   Things you found interesting
Date
                     1   Question you still have
                    WORK PERIOD


   Define vocabulary terms
   Answer the following questions:
    ◦ List four reasons to teach.
    ◦ What qualities do you need to teach? List all six.
    ◦ List the eight guidelines for teaching.
    ◦ What are the top three methods that increase a
      child’s learning potential? By what percentages?
    ◦ How do you help a child discover learning for
      themselves?
    ◦ Describe the 5 E’s of what an educator does?
   Portfolio
   Professional
   Philosophy
   Goal
   Early Childhood
   Prekindergarten (Pre K)


    IECE-12. Students will demonstrate professional development planning.
   Portfolio-A collection of materials that shows a person’s
    abilities, accomplishments, and progress over time.
   Professional- A person who is expert at his or her work
   Philosophy- A system of principles for guidance in practical
    affairs.
   Goal- The result or achievement toward which effort is
    directed; aim; end.
   Early Childhood~ Covers the period from birth to nine years
    of age (Pre-K through 4th grade)
   Prekindergarten (Pre K)~full range of early childhood
    programs- school-based programs for three and four year
    olds, preschool, child care, Head Start, and home-based child
    care.
         IECE-2. Students will analyze career paths within the
                   early childhood education field.


      Self-assessment
            Values

   Professional priorities
           Resume

        Cover Letter
                                    ECE VOCABULARY
     Networking Letter                          Teaching Portfolio
     Hidden Job Market                          Attitude
         Networking                             Confidentiality
         Philosophy                             Role
                                                 Role Strain
                                                 Abilities
                                                 Professionalism
                                                 NAEYC
SPEAKING THE LANGUAGE
ECE TERMINOLOGY

   Self-assessment - process of examining your interests,
    abilities, values, and professional priorities
   Values- beliefs, feelings, and ideas about what is important
   Professional priorities- global aspects of work that are
    important to a person’s satisfaction.
   Resume- A brief summary of your qualifications, skills, and
    experience
   Cover Letter- a letter of introduction that usually
    accompanies a resume
   Networking Letter- informs others that you are available for
    employment
         Hidden Job Market- jobs advertised
              informally though personal contacts
      Networking - building relationships with
       people who can help you
SPEAKING THE LANGUAGE
ECE TERMINOLOGY

   Teaching Portfolio- professional snapshot of your efforts,
    progress, and achievements
   Attitude- Outlook on life
   Confidentiality- Keeping sensitive personal information private
   Role - set of responsibilities that accompanies a position you hold in
    life
   Role Strain- a type of stress created by being unable to successfully
    balance multiple roles
   Abilities- aptitude tests and skills assessments
   Professionalism- The positive behaviors and appearance exhibited
    by an individual who is committed
   Philosophy -A set of ideas or beliefs relating to a particular field or
    activity
          NAEYC- The National Association for the Education of Young
           Children (NAEYC) is the largest nonprofit association in the
           United States representing early childhood education teachers,
           experts, and advocates in center-based and family day care
•Tie a shoe (shoe string)
•How to write in cursive (pencil)
•How to add with pennies (penny)
•How to snap your finger
•How to draw shapes (block)
        Sometimes I lie awake at night and wonder why I teach.
     Why I come to school each day concerned with who I reach.

                                      

           When I see a hurting child I always worry … Why?

       Joe is sick and Tom is hurt, Jill’s boyfriend made her cry.

                                      

     Why should I care at 4 o’clock what happens to these kids?

    I’m paid to teach – not get involved! Love them? God Forbid!!!
                                      

        Sometimes I lie awake at night and wonder why I teach.

                   The answer lies, so deep inside …

                       There’s always one I reach.
 Child care = least paid,
  least respected. Don't
choose this work –be
  chosen.
 Your life purpose needs
  to run through your
  veins and you need to
  know this is the purpose
  for your life.
Because you like it.
• It is fun.
• To make a difference
in children's lives,
to see progress.
• To help a child grow in
self esteem and
make good experiences
happen.
You can enrich lives of families you serve:
  *Help them with their parenting skills.
  *Feeling at ease about their children while at
  work.
  *Help the child feel unity between school and
  home.
What qualities do you need?

• Must be flexible
• Sense of humor
• Energy
• Patience
• Character
• Maturity in order to guide the children
Characteristics of a Successful Teacher
     Has a positive attitude and a sense of humor
     Is fond of children
     Relates easily and spontaneously to others
     Is patient, confident, and caring
     Is creative and resourceful
     Is dependable and reliable
     Is a keen observer
     Solves problems well and makes sound decisions
     Is flexible and adapts well to the requirements of others
     Is compassionate, accepting children’s strong emotions such as anger, love, and wonder
     Enjoys challenges and is willing and able to grow
     Takes initiative in the classroom
     Has knowledge in assessment, curriculum, child growth and development, and child guidance
     Keeps abreast of changes in the field by reading, attending conferences, seminars, and courses
     Desires continuous learning
     Becomes an active member of professional organizations
                     Can juggle many activities at once
                     Feels rewarded by even minimal progress
                     Communicates and resolves conflicts well
                     Has a lot of energy
                     Has a strong sense of ethical behavior
                     Uses reflection to improve practices
Increased need for preschool and after school
programs. 75% of mothers with
children under 3 years work.
• Confront the problem of low wages and
benefits.
– Parents get what they pay for (low fees =
low wages)
• Government & industry help needed.
Educate the public on benefits of quality care.
• Improve quality of programs.
• Licensing and accreditation
– Low standards
• Resist pressure to push children.
– Children who are introduced to flash cards, work
paper and reading by 3 learn to hate school.
There is a lot of parent pressure to push children.
   WINNERS: Those who stick with it longer (a
    lifetime of excellence in experience, ability and
    knowledge with an enthusiasm to continue
    learning), not those who get there first (earliest
    and fastest)
   It is your ethical responsibility to
    stand up for what is best for young
    children. Make children a national
    priority. You can't speak for your
    self. The power lies with
    administrator and legislators. Join
    together, persists and remain
    advocates for children your whole
    life.
￿   You will not marry during the term of your contract.
￿   You are not to keep company with men.
￿   You must be home between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.
￿   You may not loiter downtown in ice cream stores.
￿   You may not travel beyond the city limits unless you have the permission of
    the chairman of the board.
￿   You may not ride in a carriage or automobile. with any man unless he is your
    father or brother.
￿   You may not smoke cigarettes.
￿   You may not dress in bright colors.
￿   You may under no circumstances dye your hair.
￿   You must wear at least two petticoats.
￿   Your dresses must not be any shorter than two inches above the ankle.
￿   To keep the school room neat and clean, you must: sweep the floor at least
    once daily, scrub the floor at least once a week with hot soapy water, clean
    the blackboards at least once a day and start the fire at 7 a.m. so the room
    will be warm by 8 a.m.
                  
1. Make it fun. If your not fun, you're doing
  something wrong & learning isn't happening.
                                                                


 ◦ Never drill, get angry & cold.
 ◦ Teach excitement and enthusiasm for learning.
2. Learning should be a walk of discovery, not
 a race to the finish line.




It should be a shared experience instead of
teaching where something must be done by
the teacher. Experience it together, child has
much to offer.
3. Child must be actively involved to learn. The
  object is not the story but the child's response to it
  that counts.
4. Be sure the message of love get through. Be
  loving.
5. Risk looking silly, loosing perfect discipline, and
  showing emotion.
6. Eye to eye contact. Sit so this can happen.
7. Attention span: 5 to 10 min. on one thing.
  Change often.
8. Reward accomplishments - treasure box and
  certificates




                                                 
Tell me….
    I forget

Show me….
   I remember

Involve me….
   I understand
   Learning is not something we do to the child, it
    comes from within.
   A good learner:
    ◦ loves learning
    ◦ eager discoverer
    ◦ wants to know
   Know child inside and out.
   Focus on what the child is feeling.
    -Avoid putting adult ideas into children's heads.
Be a skillful observer:
   What most attracts the child's attention?
   What action schemes is the child repeating?
   What consequences is the child producing with his actions?
   What does the child say as he explores and who is it directed
    at?
   How does he cope with momentary distractions?
   Does he integrate the actions of others into his own play?
   Listen carefully to questions asked by the child. It
        contains an assumption about the world held
    by the child & gives the teacher ideas for learning
    encounter.
   Play with the child and imitate, thus the child will
    imitate you.
   Present novel variations on the theme.
   Change the play to expand it, unobtrusively
    introduce new ways of doing things.
   Be a source of challenge and exploration.
   ENGAGE: Create interest & curiosity Teacher
   EXPLORE: Encourage learner to work, act as a
    consultant. Student
   EXPLAIN: Learners explain and justify learning. Student
   ELABORATE: Apply & expand to alternate explanations.
                                                         Student
   EVALUATE: Observe and assess learners and learners
    can assess their own learning.
                                     Teacher




      In each category, who is doing most of the work?
If you choose a job you love, you will never
        need to work a day in your life.
                Confucious
   What is the purpose of an education?
   What is the role of a teacher in education?
   What is the role of the student in education?
   What is your belief about learning?
   What is the relationship between community,
    teachers, parents, and students about learning?
My goal is to establish a classroom that….
 What is your vision of a classroom?

 What should it look like?

 How should it feel?

 How should students be taught?

 What procedures must be in place to create
  an orderly environment?
                WORK PERIOD
             PHILOSOPHY/ GOALS
   EDUCATIONAL
                                   PERSONAL TEACHING
    PHILOSOPHY                      GOALS
   -What is the purpose of        My goal is to establish a
    an education?                   classroom that….
   -What is the role of a         -What is your vision of a
    teacher in education?           classroom?
   -What is the role of the       -What should it look like?
    student in education?          -How should it feel?
                                   -How should students be
   -What is your belief            taught?
    about learning?                -What procedures must be
   -What is the relationship       in place to create an
    between community,              orderly environment?
    teachers, parents, and
    students about learning?
*Examining your values and professional priorities will
  help you determine whether working with young
  children will be a satisfying career choice for you.*
   Helping or providing               Gaining recognition
    service to others                  Earning a high salary
   Feeling a sense of                 Being competitive
    accomplishment                     Working independently
   Working as a team member           Making a contribution to
   Having a leadership role            society through your work




            •Professional priorities- global aspects of work that are
            important to a person’s satisfaction.
            •Professionalism- The positive behaviors and appearance
            exhibited by an individual who is committed
Personal Assessments (3)
◦ www.gacollege411.org - Click on Career Planning
  and then Learn About Yourself- Complete the
  following at least three of the following
  assessments and paste the results on individual
  slides-label the assessment
    Interest Profiler
    Career Cluster Survey
    Basic Skills Survey
    Transferable Skills Checklist
    Work Values Sorter
    The Career Key
Careers in Child Care and Early Childhood
                                                    Careers

   Education Programs
    Nannies/Au pairs
                                                    Opportunities
   Curriculum Specialists
                                                           Business
   Director
                                                              Designer of children’s products
   Family Child Care Providers
                                                              Salespeople of children’s products
   Teacher (Centers, programs, schools)
                                                              Playground designers
   Assistant and Associate Teacher
                                                              Safety testers for children’s products


Industry
   Childcare resource and referral specialists            Community Service
   Consultants                                               Children’s librarians
   Educator (Course instructor)                              Children’s art, dance, music, and sports
   Researchers                                                instructors
   Specialists                                               Health care: pediatricians; pediatric nurses,
   Staff trainers                                             surgeons, or dentists
                                                              Social Services/ Recreation directors



                        Publishing and Art
                            Authors, Editors, Artists, Illustrators and Photographers of books and magazines
                        Entertainment
                            Actors, Singers, Clowns, Magicians, Puppeteers
                            Writers, producers, and directors for children’s shows, movies, or productions
Career Portfolio Lab Time
                          •Want Ad- Locate a want ad
                          that advertises a job in the Early
                          Childhood Education field. This
                          information will be used to
                          develop your Resume/ Cover
                          Letter.

                          •Resume- Use information
                          collected from your want ad and
                          career research to develop your
                          resume.

                          •Cover Letter- Use information
                          collected from your want ad and
                          career research to develop your
                          letter. (The information should be changed
                          to fit your want ad.)

               •REFLECTION (What have you learned about
               yourself through this assignment –based on your
               assessments and research)
   It’s purpose is to secure
    an interview and/or
    inform a potential
    employer of your                   Other purposes for a
    qualifications and                   resume
    experience.                         Serve as your own self
                                         -inventory
                                        Serve as a starting
                                         point in an interview
    Resume- A brief summary of          Helps the employer
    your qualifications, skills, and
    experience
                                         recall your experiences
    Cover Letter- a letter of            as well as the interview
    introduction that usually
    accompanies a resume
                                      HELPFUL HINTS

PREPARING A RESUME                   Have an easy-to-read
                                      format
   Personal information (name,      No errors (grammatical,
    address, e-mail, telephone
                                      spelling, typing, etc.).
    number)
                                      These could cripple your
   Educational background            job search.
   Employment objective             Avoid gaps in employment
   Paid and volunteer work           dates (explain such gaps in
    experience                        your cover letter)
   Professional activities          Be honest in your resumes
   Interests                        Reflect progress in a career
   References                        over the years
                                     Will be reviewed to see if too
                                      much stress on education
                                      and non-job factors.
                                                  THE BASICS
MAIN PURPOSE
                                        Follow a business letter format
   To capture the employer’s           Use proper grammar and
    attention and to request an          punctuation
    interview                           Avoid one generic cover letter
   A mistake some job                  No one in the early childhood
    applicants make is putting           community is called Sir,
    too little effort into writing       Madam, or Whom It May
    the cover letter.                    Concern.
                                        Should not be a summary of
                                         your resume
                                        Keep it short/Reread
   Mail cover letters with resumes
   Placing or answering ads in the newspaper
   Career fairs and networking
   Hidden job market (jobs advertised informally though
    personal contacts)
   Internet job search
   Networking letter (informs others that you are available for
    employment)
    ◦ Networking -building relationships with people who
      can help you
         College or school placement offices
         Maintain a filing system
THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT OF A JOB SEARCH
PREPARING FOR THE INTERVIEW
                                                          THE INTERVIEW
    Think positively
    Give special thought to your                      Arrive on time
     appearance
                                                       Be self-directed
    Choose conservative jewelry,
     accessories, and shoes                            Use body language to show
                                                        interest (make eye contact,
    Have a variety of skills                           smile, greet with firm
     (dependable, enthusiastic, committed, work
     hard, learn fast, manage your time well, and       handshake)
     look for extra work when your work is done)
                                                       Provide full, focused answers
    Prepare questions
                                                       Follow the lead of the
    Prepare your teaching                              interviewer
     portfolio                                         Do not volunteer negative
                                                        information
                                                       Sell your positive qualities
          Attendance
          Punctuality

   Professional Appearance
       Positive Attitude

        Confidentiality
         WORK PERIOD- PHILOSOPHY/ GOALS
             PERSONAL ASSESSMENTS
EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY                Personal Assessments (3)
 -What is the purpose of an
  education?                             www.gacollege411.org -
 -What is the role of a teacher in
  education?                             Click on Career Planning
 -What is the role of the student       and then Learn About
  in education?
 -What is your belief about             Yourself- Complete the
  learning?
 -What is the relationship between
                                         following at least three of
  community, teachers, parents,          the following assessments
  and students about learning?
PERSONAL TEACHING GOALS                  and paste the results on
My goal is to establish a classroom      individual slides-label the
  that….
 -What is your vision of a              assessment
  classroom?                                •Interest Profiler
 -What should it look like?
 -How should it feel?
                                            •Career Cluster Survey
 -How should students be taught?           •Basic Skills Survey
 -What procedures must be in               •Transferable Skills Checklist
  place to create an orderly
  environment?                              •Work Values Sorter
                                            •The Career Key
                     Cover Page

Career                  
                        
                            Student picture identification
                            ECE Career Powerpoint

Portfolio
                           Course/Period ~Early Childhood Education- Period
                           Teacher- S.Woodson
                           Your Name

Lab Time             Educational Philosophy
                     Teaching Goals
                     Personal Assessments (3)
                               www.gacollege411.org - Click on Career Planning and then
                                Learn About Yourself- Complete three of the following
                                assessments and paste the results on individual slides-
                                label the assessment
                               Interest Profiler
                               Career Cluster Survey


             Y 12              Basic Skills Survey
                                Transferable Skills Checklist


           B , 20
                            
                               Work Values Sorter
                               The Career Key


     E T 23          Career Research
                                What They Do


    U US
                            
                               What To Learn



  DAUG
                               Money Outlook
                               Connections
                               Interviews
                               Real Life Activities
                       Want Ad
                       Resume
                       Cover Letter
                       Reflection

				
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