My Growing Professional Development
In this assignment I have assessed the ways in which I am progressing on my path of professional development. I will discuss the ways in which I have already gown and need to continue to grow as a professional. I will identify two of my strengths and briefly discuss how each contributes to my growth as an early childhood professional, as well as, identify two areas in which I want to develop further and how I plan to grow.
The first area in which I feel I am strong in is showing respect and empathy and I am sensitive toward equity and social justice concerns related to children and families. I believe that being from the same area in which I am now a teacher helps me to have empathy for my children and their families. I respect my families for being determined to set goals for themselves and make a better life for themselves and their children.
The second area in which I feel I am strong is I have committed passion for the early childhood profession and demonstrate this in all aspects of my work with and on behalf of children, families, and the early childhood field. Being a lifelong learner is such a big goal that every educator should commit to. First, lifelong education is seen as building upon and affecting all existing educational providers, including both schools and institutions of higher education….Second, it extends beyond the formal education providers to encompass all agencies, groups and individuals involved in any kind of learning activity….Third, it tests on the belief that individuals are, or can become self-directing, and that they will see the value in engage in in lifelong education (Smith, 1996, 2001).
The first area that I would like to develop further, and play to grow in, I need to be more outspoken advocate, mentor and educator. Second, I want to increase my professional knowledge in the early childhood education field through the use to diverse resources. There are several ways for me to accomplish...