KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Early Childhood Education Program
Foundations of Education - EDC 20
Peter Fiume, Instructor
TODAY'S TOPIC: "A Career in Early Childhood"
Here are some questions to guide you through individual reflection and group discussion about your decision to become a teacher.
Do you genuinely like children? Why? Answer: I like children because I am most comfortable with young children. I feel like I am a young child at heart because I still act a little childish from time to time.
What age group(s) do you enjoy most? Answer: The age group that I enjoy the most is from birth to 5 years old. I like this age group because at this age the children are always using their imagination. I still like to use my imagination from time to time to make my life a little more enjoyable.
Are you in good health? How would you describe your energy level? Answer: Yes, I am at good health. I had my illnesses and diseases along the way, but I am still healthy. Also, my energy level is at the greatest level it can be at. I a always an energetic person.
Do you enjoy learning? Do you feel confident helping others to gain new knowledge and skills? Answer: I enjoy learning new things. But I only like learning new things in certain ways. For example, I like to learn in an hands-on way and I have to be able to experience the lesson in one way or another. I feel very confident helping others to gain new knowledge and skills.
How do you feel about working with a wide variety of ethnic groups and socio-economic classes? Are you sensitive to the needs of people who may be different from you? Answer: I feel fine working with a wide variety of ethnic groups and socio-economic classes. Yes, I am sensitive to the needs of people who may be different from me. I would try to make the lesson universal, so I don't offend anybody.
Would you be comfortable being responsible for and managing fairly large groups of children in and out of the classroom? Answer: I am okay with being comfortable about being responsible for and managing fairly large groups of children in and out of the classroom. It will only make my experience as a teacher much more rewarding.
Are you comfortable with the salary ranges currently earned by early childhood teachers? Do you believe you have realistic expectations about both the rewards and challenges of this profession? Answer: I am okay with the salary ranges that are currently earned by early childhood teachers. But I believe that the current salary ranges should be raised a little bit to accommodate everyone's personal endeavors. Yes, I do believe that I have realistic expectations about both the rewards and challenges of this profession. I will just have to get past all the obstacles that I am going to face one day at a time.
Is there anything else you would like to consider before making your decision? Answer:Yes, there are other things that I would like to consider before making my decision. For example, I would like to know how my jo of working as a teacher would influence the children in the classroom. I would also want to know what the long term effects of this profession are for me and my students.
Tell me a little about yourself. Do you remember your first school experience? Discuss it in a group. Answer: I am a very hard working person and student. I am the kind of person who likes to get assignments done early instead of the last minute. This allows me to take my time on the assignments instead of just rushing to get it done the night before. It also allows me to ask the teacher any questions if they come up. Yes, I actually do remember my first school experience. My first school experience consisted of my friends and I playing in the block area in my Kindergarten classroom. We were building the tallest towers that anybody has ever seen. This experience is one the things that pushed me in the direction of becoming a teacher.