ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI) specializes in providing online child care training, registry development, and administrative solutions to the early child care and education industry. Early child care providers can meet state licensing and Head Start requirements through online professional development and programs for CDAs, Director's Certificates, FCCPCs, CCEI's ECC, Renewals, and more. Coursework is self-paced, user-friendly, and competency-based to facilitate retention.
Stepping Out of Your Professional Development Comfort Zone
Have you ever found yourself reading through a list of
professional development opportunities circling the ones that really interest
you, only to realize that you are already pretty confident in your ability to
implement those skills or topics?
Folks who enjoy music and movement love attending training
that teaches about using music and movement in the classroom. Teachers who love nature and science, are
naturally drawn to outdoor learning trainings. Providers who enjoy painting and
drawing will be the first to sign up for courses that promote open ended art
experiences for young children.Naturally, we are drawn to professional development opportunities that
align with our personal preferences and interests.Unfortunately, staying in our professional
development comfort zone doesn’t fully prepare us for the challenges we will
face in the classroom.
It is important to recognize this phenomenon in action and
make an intentional effort to pick training classes that don’t necessarily grab
our attention. If you find yourself reading a training title that includes the
words “sand and water table” but you avoid the use of a sand and water table
because you don’t like the mess that comes along with it… you need to sign up
for that training.If you see a training
description that discusses the integration of technology into classroom
activities, but you are not technologically savvy… you need to sign up for that
There may be other topics that we do not choose because we
feel that we have those skills solidly under our belts.We need to keep in mind that there are new
developments and improved strategies that we can learn about by revisiting
topics every so often.
To ensure that you are including a wide variety of topics,
employ the use of a professional development record or create a tracking tool
that will help you plan and document all of the training you complete.Reflect on your current practices,
preferences, and aversion. Then create a professional development plan that
checks off as many of the topics as possible.
Include general topics such as:
❏Health and safety
❏Working with children with special needs
❏Engaging and communicating with families
➯Social and emotional
➯Language and Communication
➯Construction and block play
➯Science in the classroom
➯Social studies projects
➯Open ended art
➯Music and movement
➯Dramatic play and storytelling
➯Small group activities
CCEI's July Newsletter Edition also covers topics on Professional Development for Early Care and Education Professionals with regards to Creating a Reflective Practice you don't want to miss!