I love being a professional in the field of Early Childhood Education. One of the best things about my position at 4C for Children is that I always have the opportunity to learn. There are conferences and newsletters, blogs and instructors with knowledge to share. I truly enjoy the chance to sit down and listen to a new speaker, participate in a conference or read a newsletter or a blog by another professional in the field of early childhood.
However, I have on a few occasions met an instructor or read a blog that I simply didn’t agree with. I have also seen speakers present me with ideas that are different than what I had I anticipated. The question then becomes, “What do I do about it?” Like everything in life, we have a choice when facing ideas or people whose information doesn’t settle well or is different than what we currently know.
As a professional, it is my responsibility to sift through new information and make my own informed decisions about what I am being presented with. When I come across that information, I ask myself a few questions:
- Does the information make sense?
- Is there research that supports the information that I’m being presented with?
- Does it fit in with my personal/professional philosophy about working with children and families?
Professionalism doesn’t begin just because people register for classes, read a blog or attend a conference. Professionalism begins when people take time to reflect on the information they are presented with and make an informed decision about what they have learned. My wish for all professionals in this field is that you take the time to reflect on the classes you take, the blogs and articles you read and decide if application of the information is appropriate. My hope is that you will learn and grow, and that you all love being a professional in this field as much as I do!