Blog Assignment: Getting to Know Your International Contacts—Part 3
As an early childhood educator, living in the state of New Jersey, I have learned that the opportunities for being an educator in general are very difficult due to budget cuts and tenure. As a result of these budget cuts, thousands of highly qualified teachers were laid off. As a teacher who was laid off last year because of tenure/seniority, I was upset and angry because I knew that I was and still am very passionate about teaching and I truly have a love for watching children progress in their learning and want very deeply to be a part of their successes. And I knew that there were many teachers still working but literally said they had enough with the field of education, and that they were going to miss months of work to use up all of their sick time before they retired. It is this behavior that disturbs me as both a parent and an educator, and it leaves me with the question as to what message are we sending to new college graduates and novice teacher who have the passion and a.re effective but lack the years of experience.
In the district that I work in, we are required to obtain 500 professional development hours and attain them within two years, and develop a professional development plan in which we set our own professional development goals and we must work towards those goals and achieve it within four years. As an educator, we are life learners, so I think it is appropriate for use to continue to interact with our colleagues, and attend workshops which covers various topics that enhances us as teachers.
As a professional working in an urban district, I have learned that one of my challenges is getting the at home support I need from families. For example, if a child is having behavioral and or academic problems, I want to be able to work with the parents/families so that the child knows that we are a team and we are working together to ensure their success. However, I have learned it is very difficult to get many parents to come out to back to school night, and for parent teacher conferences. One of my dreams is to have families more involved in their child’s education and take the time to get to know me and what I expect of their child and if those expectations aren’t being met, I would love for us to be able to work collaboratively and keep the lines of communication open via e-mail, phone, letters and ect…
Some of my professional goals are to continue to attend workshops so that I can continue to learn my craft and be informed of new trends in education and how they may impact student’s life. Another professional goal of mine is to open up my own daycare center, and as a kindergarten teacher, I know what parents want to see, and as an educator, I know what children need, and it is the love that I have for teaching that motivates me to pursue my goals.