from the life of a teacher

wk 8 October 25, 2012

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 Time Well Spent

Throughout my journey at Walden I have learned many things about myself both personally and professionally.  I realized the key of collaboration and communication in my EDUC 6165 course. Before this time I was unaware of just how significant communication skills are in all areas of life. Through this course I realized how much it takes to be an effective communicator. One must be open to others ideas and opinions. It is also important to be an active and reflective listener. Being an effective communicator can truly make a difference in whether one encounters or avoids issues of conflict. I know that as a result of this course I became a better and more effective through communicator.  Through my EDUC 6357  course I realized the importance of being a open minded about family units and other forms of diversity. After taking some surveys in the course to review different types of biases I realized just how much society had influenced my thoughts on certain issues. Even when I did not believe I had been influenced on issues I realized quickly I was. With this knowledge in my mind I am much more aware of my biases and how  I need to face them head on.  I also learned how important it was to set aside these biases in order for me to be a more effective educator with young children and their families. Overall, throughout my journey here at Walden I was reminded of how important the family unit is. This something I did not give enough significance to before beginning my learning at Walden.  Our work as educators in the Early Childhood Field is greatly connected to the families of the young children we work with. This insight is one I will never forget and  look forward to carrying it along with me in the future.

One long term goal I have is to begin working much more closely with the families of the young children I work with. I would like to work on forming a greater partnership with families. I understand that this is an area I could experience much growth in. I look forward to forming a stronger partnership with families and connecting them to resources that would be beneficial to them.

Another long term goal I have is to keep in touch with my colleagues through the Walden Facebook group. I have enjoyed learning alongside each of you. I look forward to celebrating each of your accomplishments in the future. I also look forward to gaining more wisdom from you in your endeavors.

I would like to thank each of you for your encouragement and inspiration throughout this journey. Your wisdom and encouragement has meant more to me than I could ever hope to express. In times of difficulty you have inspired me with your own hardships and experiences. I never felt like I was going through this alone. I also have enjoyed learning along side you. Through your own experiences I have gained significant insights that I will carry with me. Thank you for your patience with me as I have made my way through this journey of earning my Masters. I hope that I have been helpful to you as you have been to me. I wish each of you the best of luck in the future. I am honored to have learned aside you. This has been a unforgettable experience. If you ever need anything I hope you would consider allowing me to meet your needs in any way I can! I am proud to call each of you friends! Thank you for encouraging me to continue learning when life gets busy! I am forever grateful for it.

‘I would love to keep up with! Please feel free to email me at or find me on the Walden facebook group!

I do not know about you but this is how I feel right now! Feeling very accomplished and free as though I am swinging above the world! What a breath of fresh air!


wk 6: Jobs/Roles in the ECE Community: Internationally October 11, 2012

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  • At least three international organizations or communities of practice that appealed to you and why you chose them
  • Job opportunities (currently available or not) that interest you
  • What skills and experience you would need to competently fulfill each of these roles

1. Save the Children is an organization that works to protect children in different areas of the world. They offer help through a variety of programs. One program I find interest in is their program towards educating young children. They offer support to both teachers and young children. Save the Children organization works to provide books to children in rural areas as well as emergency response efforts in regards to educating  children.

One job opportunity that I find interesting is located in Mozambique as the Early Childhood Development Advisor. As the advisor I would be in charge of coordinating reports to give to donors and other partners,as well as create proposals for raising sufficent funds for programs to continue developing and growing within the Mozambique area. I think this would be an interesting experience to have. It would allow me to work with other early childhood professionals in a different area of the world. It would also further encourage and require me to advocate for young children and their educational needs.

-Masters Degree in International Education, Developmental Psychology, or Cultural Anthropology with ECD focus
– Minimum of  three  years experience in early childhood development
– Fluency in Portuguese and English oral and written language skills
– Strong understanding of holistic child development and the ways children learn, including early-literacy methodologies
– Proven experience in managing teams and working well in partnership / consortia
– Solid understanding of educational curriculum development and dynamic training methodologies
– Strong experience in effectively managing budgets a plus
– Experience in monitoring and evaluation systems and the ability to employ development measurement tools to examine impact of services on children, caregivers and community
– Experience in strategies that generate community and partner ownership to ensure sustainable results.
– Representational and advocacy skills and familiarity with the education policy environment in Mozambique
– Good interpersonal skills with ability to communicate effectively at all levels
2. Plan International is an organization that advocates for the rights of children around the world. Plan International helps provide better education and health care for children around the world. They also work to create economic security and offer protection to children.
  One job I would be interested in would be the Girls Global Innovation Program Manager. As the program manager I would be responsible for playing a large role in the campaign I Am A Girl. I would also be responsible for providing leadership and guidance for the Global Girls Innovation program to help expand girl rights and advocate for gender equality. My responsibilities would include offering support to a variety of fundraising efforts, maintaining program guidelines and ensure Girls Global Innovation practices and programs reflect these guidelines, and ensure all initiatives within the Girls Global Innovation Program reflect the high standards and expectations set for them.  I find this job particularly exciting because it would allow me to work for strengthening rights for girls around the world. It would be a big opportunity for leadership. I think this would be a job I would learn a lot in and would be one I would never forget.
  In order for me to assume this position I would have to have the following qualifications:
 – Demonstrate knowledge of gender equality and children’s rights
– Obtain strong gender analysis skills
– Strong organizational skills in both administration and budgeting
– Be a confident public speaker with the ability to influence large audiences
– Fluent in English ( knowing French or Spanish would be a bonus)
– Be self driven
– Know how to listen and collaborate with others effectively
– Masters Degree
– Work relevant experiences
– Technical and research experience in gender equality, preferably with a focus on girls’ human rights.
3. UNICEF is an international organization that I have been familiar with for a good length of time now. They work towards bettering the lives of children around the word with relief efforts in areas of education, protection, health, and equality. They are currently working in numerous areas around the world to better the lives of millions of children.
 One job opportunity I would be interested in is that of an Education Specialist. With this position I would be in charge of organizing data for reports, design, prepare, and implement specific projects, collaborate with other program developers, and meet with both national and international agencies. I guess the reason I find this job interesting is because it would allow me to work alongside other influential people around the world working towards a common interest in educating young children. The qualifications for this job include:
 – advanced degrees in social sciences
– five years of experience in designing and implementing educational programs
– fluent in English
– Knowledge of the local language where assigned