So this week’s assignment for my new class “Issues and Trends in Early Childhood” has not gone as expected. We were assigned the job of locating two professional contacts outside the United States to be in conversations about issues and trends they see in the field of early childhood. While I was hesitant at first, I tried with all my might to find someone to dialog with. I contacted three prospects and haven’t heard back from any of them.
I tried for England, Madagascar (because of the relationship with friends working there with the Lutheran church), and Australia. The England contact is an ECE worker who I love reading her blog. Madagascar contact was through UNICEF. And the Australia contact was through the University of South Australia. I was shooting for being well rounded …. Hmmm … didn’t pan out the way I had hoped. I am going to try a few other possibilities and see what turns up.
At the same time I will also start pursuing the alternative option and get hooked up with the World Forum. Let’s see in two weeks what can happen.
The second part of my blogging assignment is to choose an early childhood website to explore and learn. I have chosen to explore the National Association of Early ChildhoodTeacher Educators’ website. What was the deciding factor is when I looked at their purpose statement it spoke volumes to me right away. The two directions I think my journey is taking me is 1st to teach new teachers; help them learn appropriate practices for the classroom, and/or work to make it more affordable for teachers to gain the needed skills. 2nd is to own my own childcare center that is faith based yet runs full day and is available for those who aren’t ‘poor’ but need to work full time to make it in our changing economy. NAECTE seemed to fall right into place with both of those possible paths. Then again, God still may have something different in store for me….
I can’t wait to hear how my classmates did on finding some professional contacts and which websites they chose! Here’s to a new journey for the next 8 weeks! (Sometimes it feels like my life lately is based on 8 week intervals….but it’s all going to be worth it!)