Time Well Spent

Over the last few weeks, I’ve shared and developed a sense of community with my community of practice; and now I share my thoughts on completing my program and on the value of my colleagues’ input and support throughout my journey. Whether we’d like to believe it or not, we are all connected in aContinue reading “Time Well Spent”

Jobs/Roles in the ECE Community: Internationally

Over the last few weeks, I’ve traveled down the road of searching for jobs locally, state-wide, and nationally in the early childhood organizations, agencies, and communities of practice. These explorations have helped me imagine my in a “variety of jobs that foster the well-being of children, families, and the early childhood field” (Laureate, 2011). Today,Continue reading “Jobs/Roles in the ECE Community: Internationally”

Jobs/Roles in the ECE Community: National/Federal Level

In my last post, I took you down the rabbit hole to look at local and state early childhood organizations, agencies, and communities of practice. We focused on exploring the local and state roles in the early childhood education community. This week, however, we will explore national organizations and federal agencies. With these explorations, IContinue reading “Jobs/Roles in the ECE Community: National/Federal Level”

Exploring Roles in the ECE Community: Local and State Levels

As I begin my exploration by looking at various organizations, agencies, and communities of practice that operate in my neighborhood, city, borough, county, and/or state; I take note at the missions statements and goals of each. Within these missions, I found myself immersed in the work that they do and learned so much about theContinue reading “Exploring Roles in the ECE Community: Local and State Levels”

Week 1: Building the Foundation of an Early Childhood Program

It’s the beginning of a new course and we’re already starting to build the foundation of our projected ECP. Imagine being given the opportunity of a lifetime! Your dreams for your own early childhood program have come true. You have a fully funded program that you may design in any way you wish, in theContinue reading “Week 1: Building the Foundation of an Early Childhood Program”

Reflecting on Communication in the Early Childhood Field

Throughout this course, I’ve been learning about communication, team building, and collaboration strategies and skills that will support you as an early childhood professional. No doubt you will be in collegial environments in which people work together toward a common goal—ensuring the health and well-being of young children and their families. The late Jim RohnContinue reading “Reflecting on Communication in the Early Childhood Field”

Team Building and Collaboration, Part I

“To build a collaborative environment in which everyone feels respected and valued, team building is the essential first step” (Laureate, 2011). This week I read about the five stages of team development: forming, storming, norming, performing, and adjourning. Considering these stages, the adjourning phase, there have been several groups in which I’ve been involved, whereContinue reading “Team Building and Collaboration, Part I”

Nonviolent Communication & Conflict Management

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart” (Nelson Mandela). “Conflict is not simply an argument or a struggle; it’s an interaction between two or more Inter depende t people who perceive that theyContinue reading “Nonviolent Communication & Conflict Management”

Who Am I as a Communicator?

“Communication is the process by which individuals use symbols, signs, and behaviors to exchange information. Competent communication depends on the process more than the outcome, in which what is said and done, and how it is said and done, holds greater significance than the outcome of the interaction” (Laureate, 2011). How do I perceive myselfContinue reading “Who Am I as a Communicator?”

The Land Before Time – The Brave Longneck Scheme: Verbal vs. Nonverbal Communication

“Communication is not always straightforward. Everyone, at some time or another, makes assumptions based on messages communicated through body language and facial expressions” (Laureate, 2011). For this blog, I chose to watch, in silence, a cartoon clip of The Land Before Time. The opening scene starts of with a three horned dinosaur and a longneckContinue reading “The Land Before Time – The Brave Longneck Scheme: Verbal vs. Nonverbal Communication”

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