Module 12 Discussion: Review & Reflection
Instruction: Review & Reflect:
What is your next step in becoming a professional in the field?
Â Review where you wereÂ at the beginning of the class using the Baseline Survey. Has anything changed?Â
Do you feel you have moved forward?
In what areas or what aspect?Â What steps have you taken toward becoming a professional?Â Â
In what areas do you still need more professional development?
Comment on a minimum of twice on a minimum of 2 different days – focus on deepening the conversation by asking a question, asking for clarification, or reflecting on your experience as it relates to the topic.
It was my Baseline Survey for beginning semester :
1.Early childhood development experiences are essential in laying the foundation for a successful future. Young children are naturally curious, creative, and eager to explore the world around them. They begin to form relationships and develop physical, cognitive, social, and emotional skills from the moment they are born. Creating a safe and secure environment supporting a child’s growth is important. This paper will discuss the theories of prominent early childhood theorists, the importance of play and Observation, and the importance of partnering with parents and guardians when working with young children ages 0-8.
2.My perception of and experience with young children ages 0-8 has been overwhelmingly positive. Young children bring with them a sense of curiosity and exploration that I find incredibly inspiring and joyous. At this age, children are curious and have a sense of wonder about the world around them. The sense of curiosity and exploration allows for experiences that help the child understand the world around them, develop their problem-solving skills, and lay the foundation for a strong sense of self-esteem. Creating a safe, secure, and accepting environment is essential when working with young children. It helps them to express themselves freely, explore, and develop cognitively, socially, and emotionally to reach their full potential.
3.Some prominent early childhood theorists studying young children are Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, and Maria Montessori. Jean Piaget developed a comprehensive theory of cognitive development in which he proposed that children go through four stages of cognitive development to acquire knowledge (Volansky, 2023). Lev Vygotsky developed the concept of the “zone of proximal development,” which states that children can learn more when given guidance and support (Margolis, 2020). Maria Montessori was an Italian physician and educator who believed children learn best through hands-on activities and self-directed exploration (Mendus, 2021). She also developed the “prepared envi