In your response, try to make a personal connection with something your peers shared. For many of you, this is the beginning of your academic journey in the ECE Program; building relationships early in your journey will help you establish a peer support system. Making connections to your peers while also having access to relevant ECE content are just a couple of the advantages of the Ashford Early Childhood Education Club. Though replies is the basic expectation, for deeper engagement and community building with peers, you are encouraged to provide responses to any comments or questions others have posted for you. Continuing to engage with peers and the instructor throughout the week beyond the basic requirement will further the conversations and provide opportunities for you to network with and get to know your instructor and peers for more optimal engagement in the coming weeks!
I am currently going to college to learn more about education and development while I homeschool my children. My professional goal is to continue homeschooling. Each state has different parameters for teaching your children. My homes state of Oklahoma is very lenient; however, I would like our options to stay open so we can move across the country at a later date and a degree would be very nice to take with me if we decide to move to one of the most strict states such as New York or Ohio.
My best communication strength would be listening. I allow the person speaking to get their thoughts across and fully develop their ideas without interrupting or judging them midsentence or mid thought. I am not much of a speaker, but I can listen with the best of them.
I am at an advantage with my professional objectives in the fact that our student to teacher ratio is ideal. I find that giving my two kids time to fully form their ideas and articulate them before responding is helping them with a very wide range of literacy targets such as helping them get an early idea of sentence structure and how to get their thoughts out so that others can understand them. When they start to rush, and I try to jump on what they are saying without letting them finish we all swerve toward frustration and get bogged down with squabbles. Slowing down and giving each other time and truly listening was a hard-won lesson we had to learn and it is helping.