This journal assignment will help you reflect on your professional development from your article readings and any other outside sources you find. Remember that at the surface, “professional development” in early childhood programs refers to a number of experiences that promote the education, training, and development opportunities for early childhood practitioners who do or will work with young children birth to age 8 years and their families.Journal TopicThink about lyour professional development. Besides your college courses what other ways do you find yourself getting information on your craft (early childhood)? Are they effective? Which strategies do you use to find these opportunities?
The journal must be a minimum of 2 paragraphs, each paragraph must be at least 5-7 sentences in length. The first paragraph should contain a description of the event, activity, or interaction that pertains to the topic. Be specific and detailed to give a clear understanding of the event, activity or situation you have selected.The second paragraph is your chance to reflect on the event, activity, or interaction. As you reflect, think about what you learned, what could have been done better or differently, or what went exceptionally well. Perhaps this will cause you to change your practice with children and families. Remember this is your chance to respond honestly and think about your role as an early childhood professional. How have you grown as a professional? These are all suggested to help you reflect, it is not necessary to include all the suggestions in your reflective paragraph.
Grading Criteria Journals are worth 100% and are 2% of your overall grade.
- 10 points are deducted if an is not included in the second paragraph.
- 10 points are deducted if paragraphs are not included
- 10 points are deducted if the minimum 5-7 sentences requirement is not met in both paragraphs.
- 0 – 20 points are deducted for spelling and grammar
- 0 – 20 points are deducted if the event, activity, or interaction does not relate to the given topic.