Networking

Today I had an opportunity to chat with brand new early educators; 12 women who are headed into their first experiences as child care providers. Our local community college no longer offers a lab school, but the professors are always looking for opportunities to share knowledge among the community and its students, and today it was my turn to share about my experiences of the past 20 years in child care, continued education, and the California Mentor Program.

I spoke about professional advocacy groups, my own timeline in education, and how I ended up in my new role designing and implementing a Transitional Kindergarten. I was asked to speak in order to promote education, and help these ladies find their own niche in the field; however, I left refreshed and excited for my own journey to continue to unfold.

It is important that we spend time in the presence of those who will remind us why we chose education, and those that will lift us up in our advocacy efforts. I can only hope that I was able to plant a small seed; for life long learning, advocating for young children’s education, mentor teachers, professionalism, and even the continued ability to network with other like minded individuals.

#teachershelpingteachers should be the cornerstone of our profession, we are a community that should always support one another in our efforts to plant the seeds of learning. I am honored to have been part of child care career day, and even more honored to play a small part of each new teacher’s history, as they move forward in their own education and career path.

Always,

Ms. Tina

Change…

I have been away from my blog for a while, mainly because there have been some major changes in my professional life, and it has been difficult to put into words what needed to be said. I have spent the last few weeks saying goodbye to a program, that over the last 12 years, I helped design, restructure, and move into the 21st century, while including the original theories of the child development masters.

While goodbyes are hard on every one involved, and especially so when the staff and families within a program have become extended family, change is necessary in order to grow; both professionally and personally.

So I am on to a new challenge, a new journey, and most importantly on my way to gaining a fresh perspective on Transitional Kindergarten and its appropriateness in Early Childhood Education. I am excited to design this new program, using my own understanding of natural environments, loose parts, and child driven inquiry based lessons, while meeting the goals and objectives within a standards driven program.

I hope that I continue to inspire those around me, specifically when it comes to young children’s education, and that every one will be able to take some small piece with them into their own programs, advocating for young children and how they learn best.

As I embark on this journey I will be sure to include many before and after photos of my new space (because as an educator I always want to see inside someone else’s classroom to keep my creativity alive), as well as my take on how to incorporate provocations and inquiries within a standards based curriculum.

Always,

Ms. Tina