Week 1 – Discussion 1

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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

Benefits of Preschool

As an early childhood professional, you will often be asked questions from parents and community members regarding the benefits of sending their children to preschool. After reading Chapter 1 and drawing from your experience, discuss the benefits of a preschool education.

Guided Response: Analyze several of your classmates’ posts and respond to at least two of your classmates. Share your own experiences and add an additional benefit that neither you nor your peers included in the initial post.

Week 1 – Discussion 2

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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

Theory and Behavior

After reading Chapters 1 and 2 select a Theorist whose work most closely aligns with your thoughts regarding early development. Describe the theorist’s work and discuss how their work aligns with your own understanding and beliefs.

Guided Response: Analyze several of your classmates’ posts and respond to at least two of your classmates. Compare and contrast the theorist you selected with the ones your classmates selected.

Week 1 – Journal

Career Reflection

Developing a career goal is a great way to take charge of planning your career and a useful tool to manage your career effectively. Many individuals may not know how to develop a career goal. Following the steps below will help you determine where to start. There are a few steps that can be helpful in determining your career goal, which include conducting a self-assessment, exploring industries and careers, and determining factors that are non-negotiable (e.g., geographic location, salary requirements, and health care benefits). The final step of goal setting is writing your goal.

Step 1: Self-Assessment – In your initial paragraph, answer the following reflective questions:

What do you do well?

What energizes you?

If you knew you could not fail, what would you do?

What high school subjects did you do well in?

What issues do family and friends come to you for help?

What do you receive praise for at work or home?

What are some of your greatest accomplishments?

What is something you do where you lose track of time when you are doing it?

Step 2: Career Exploration

Explore job industries by conducting research on the type of careers that use your interests and skillset. O*Net OnLine (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., the Occupational Outlook Handbook (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., and Bureau of Labor Statistics (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. are great web resources for career exploration, job analysis, and education requirements.

In your second paragraph, answer the following questions:

Does the career you want pay a salary that meets your needs?

Will you need any additional training or schooling?

Will it offer you opportunities to advance?

Is the career you are considering likely to exist when you are ready for a job?

Step 3: Determining Your Non-Negotiable Items

Although we may not speak them aloud, we each have things we are not willing to compromise on. During this step, write out your “must haves” for your future career.

To help get you started, think about the minimum salary you need to have, where you want to live, and desired work hours. Copy and paste the following table directly after your explanation of Step 2, and complete each section.

Must Have

Do Not Want

1. 1.

2. 2.

3. 3.

Step 4: Pulling it all together – Write your goal

Now that you have conducted a self-assessment, explored industries and occupations, and written down your non-negotiable items, what is your future career goal? As you enter your chosen field, it is important that you return to and reflect on your original goal often, so having your goal written down is an important step for future reflection.

In your third and final paragraph, state your career goal. Be as specific as possible. The following is an example of a specific career goal:

I would like to become the director of a large childcare facility utilizing my organizational skills, my education in child development, my ability to work well with others, my leadership qualities, and my love of children. Since I have a family, I must have a salary of $30,000 or more, work within 15 miles of Phoenix, Arizona, and work a traditional work schedule.

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Assignments

Theory Summary

Using the concept summary in Chapter 2 of the required text, fill in the blanks for each of the developmental theories in the table provided. Provide examples from your own experience or the textbook in the last column. These examples can be written or can be an image, illustration, or case scenario. In the last row, describe your ideal theory of child development, combining the elements that you believe would encapsulate your own beliefs and experiences.

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