29 Jul 2009

My Lifelong Journey of Learning

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I want to learn and understand why children do the things they do

There is this misconception about Early Childhood Educators. People seem to think that the reason we work with young children is because we “like children.” Now that’s not to say that we don’t like children, but let’s face it, for the most part everyone likes children. That’s what keeps the human race going. Personally, I love children, but that’s not the reason I became an ECE.  Other people seem to think it’s  because we’re “good with children.” To be honest, I’m not even sure what people mean by that. What does it mean to be “good” with children. I sometimes feel like people say that when they really mean I know how to get kids to behave well or to do what they’re told.

I became an Early Childhood Educator because I believe in the importance of early learning and the significance of the early years. I became an ECE not because I like children (which I do) but because I am fascinated by them. When I think about the amount of learning and development that goes on in those first years I am absolutely amazed. In two short years we go from being tiny helpless creatures that can barely control the movements of our bodies and struggle to communicate our wants and needs to little individuals with personality who walk and talk and are constantly learning new things. When I think back to the past two years of my life, I’m sure I learned a few things, but nothing compared to the amount of growth and learning in those early years.

I like to think of myself as a lifelong learner. I’m always reading and talking to people, trying to expand my horizons in every aspect of my life. It’s no different in my journey as an Early Childhood Educator. I want to learn and understand why children do the things they do and how we can support them in the amazing journey of growth and development that they go through. Then, I want to share that with as many people as possible, because I want us all to be able to support our children as they learn and grow.

I hope that you will join me on my journey as I hopefully help the next generation to learn and grow and as I learn and grow alongside them.

written by
A registered Early Childhood Educator and former President of the Halton Branch of the Association for Early Childhood Educators of Ontario.
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