The three consequences I have discovered from my conversations with my international contacts concerning the early childhood field are the following:
– I have an increased interest in learning about how other countries value education and the strategies they use to reach children. I have become very surprised to learn the information I have on the county of Turkey concerning the early childhood field. I am very interested in learning the teaching strategies of other countries.
– I have a greater appreciation for the professional development hours required in my district. Through my conversations with my international contacts I have become grateful for the professional development opportunities I am given within my district for free or very little costs.Professional developments help to provide growth for early childhood educators. It also helps to provide a form of collaboration in which I also have a greater appreciation for.
– I have discovered the early childhood field is still in need of major advances around the world. The early childhood field has gained more recognition in the recent years however it is still not valued for the significant developmental period it is. Through my conversations with my international contacts I was frustrated to learn they children were being taught being drilled with information.
One of my newly formed goals is to continue to collaborate with other international contacts to continue learning about the different teaching styles around the world.
Another goal would be for international organizations to create not only a collaborative group for international early childhood educators, but for their to be a universal requirement for professional development and highly trained staff as well as a commitment to continuing learning.