I have not written an ECE blog for the past two weeks and I pride myself on making writing this blog a priority. Yet in spite of multiple efforts, I just haven’t been able to write anything I felt of real interest, to me or to anyone else. Then, I see this article about lifelong learning and it speaks to me. Perhaps, because I just finished my last assignment for my degree or maybe because I am wondering what class I might take next. I am passionate about early childhood and the necessity for well educated, high quality teachers in the field. I hope when you call Vanguard and inquire about the early childhood online programs and they transfer the call to me that my passion about preschool education is contagious. It is important to continue to keep learning, with an individual course, certificate or degree at Vanguard or somewhere else – the children in our care deserve our very best. Don’t you want to be the teacher that inspires a child?
“It’s all too easy in the hustle and bustle of daily life, to simply neglect to make time to pursue new interests that will push our thinking in new directions. I believe one of the greatest gifts we can give children is to become committed to supporting our own learning. I remember my third grade teacher doing just that. She was always excited about some new idea or interest, and we were the lucky beneficiaries of her enthusiasms. One month it was her discovery of e.e. Cummings’ poetry she shared with us through animated recitations. The next it was her interest in Renoir, which she explained was sparked by a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art….
“Even after all these years I can picture how she shared her passions with us — face aglow, overflowing with joy. I still have a postcard of a Renoir painting I bought for myself after hearing my teacher’s rapturous descriptions…. I don’t think Cummings’ poetry or Renoir’s art were part of the standard curriculum, but I remember more about them than anything else I studied that year. Most importantly, I became interested in poetry and art…. I wanted to learn more. My teacher… gave me a gift I’ve enjoyed by whole life. All children deserve teachers who do the same for them.”
Can you think of a teacher who inspired you in your early years?