Monthly Archives: May 2016

Connection and Collaboration

  • Questions raised by your colleagues’ posts

I enjoyed everyone in my Critical child development class and reading their responses in discussions. The blogs inspire me to excel, and to have like-minded individuals aspiring to reach the same goals as myself is wonderful. I enjoyed Marquita Cox’s self-regulation piece on how we have to have parent and teacher interactions with children so they are not always wandering around room, pushing hitting, etc. Her brain development blog hit the key point when she said education is the key and we need to be educating parents on how to nurture their child.  Her question was do you think adult interactions shape a child’s development?

Marilyn Griffin asked very thought provoking questions. I love the scenario of Susie and the shift in her environment as mom returned to work. The questions at the end were thought provoking. “What kind of assistance can Mae offer to get daughter back on track? Should she quit work and be a stay at home mom? What can we expect from Susie if mom stays at work and Susie doesn’t adjust?

  • Topics you would like to explore further

I would like to explore the self-regulation further because children minds are so unique it is impossible to tell sometimes what they are thinking unless they are the outspoken child. I would love to see more how can development in the older classrooms play and still cover curriculum.

  • Suggestions of recommended resources based on your colleagues’ interests
  • Ron Berler, Raising the Curve: Teachers, Students- a true Portrayal of Classroom Life
  • Valora Washington, Brenda Gadson, Kathrynl L. Amel The New Early Childhood Professional: A Step by Step Guide to Overcoming Goliath
  • Information you can share that can help you maintain a connection throughout your studies

We can keep up with fellow colleagues through blog or the Walden University Early Childhood Organization face book page. Also if we attend NAEYC conferences and webinars we can build networks and enjoy the stories, struggles, and successes of each other.

  • Ideas on how you and/or your colleagues can effect positive social change related to your visions and scholarly interests and to those of your colleagues.

Together just as our teacher unions go down to legislators and speak out. Even if we cannot go we should be a part of teacher unions that vote and support those who go on our behalf. Also in our own schools if we can work together as Early Childhood professionals to develop a plan to take back to our principals we can create a positive change schools around the nation. We have to be willing to step outside the box. Most administrators are open to new ideas as long as you have a plan.

 

References

Berler, R. (2013). Raising the curve: Teachers, students-a true portrayal of classroom life. Penguin Random House Company, New York.

Griffin, M. (2016). Blog. exclusiveearlychildoodeducator.blogspot.com

Cox, M. (2016). Blog. https://eceprofessionalsnetwork.wordpress.com/

Washington, V., Gadson, B., Amel, K. (2015). The new earlychildhood professional: A step-by-step guide to overcoming goliath. Early childhood Education Series. Teacher’s college, Columbia University.