About this Course
Thank you for you interest in joining our online learning community. We look forward to working and learning together.
Our life as educators is complex and invites us to fill many roles within the early childhood setting. We are co-learners and collaborators. We create and nurture environments that stimulate learning. Educators practice listening and being responsive to the needs of the children and families we serve. We are keen observers who love to engage in thoughtful dialogue. We are constructors of relationships and the glue that binds the learning community together.
In our approximately 1.5 hour course, Who Am I in the Classroom? An Introduction to Our Role as Educators, we will identify and define who we are as educators by illustrating our role in the classroom. Together, we will examine how questions inform our practice, learn new methods to collaborate with children, examine our values as educators, recognize our work is emotional labor, and share the importance of self-care.
Our Essential Questions
Essential Questions are the basis for the inquiry for our work together. For this class, we can use questions to guide our thinking.
- Who are the children we serve?
What is our role in the classroom?
How do our actions influence the learning community?
How can connections and a sense of belonging both be found, and created?
What do we know about children and how can we find out more?
How does self-care assist us in our practice?
Essential Questions are the basis for the inquiry for our work together.
Our course, Who Am I in the Classroom? An Introduction to Our Role as Educators has four lessons to support us in thinking about how we see the children in our lives.
- Lesson 1: Course Navigation
- Lesson 2: Orientation
- Lesson 3: The Role of Early Childhood Educators
- Lesson 4: Conclusion, Bringing Our Thoughts Together
We hope you will join us.