As an early childhood educator, there are several goals you will want to achieve as you advance your career. The first year of your career is often the most difficult but you’ll still want to make sure you can sure you can hit certain goals in order to become a more successful educator. Early childhood educators play a fundamental role in the social, academic, physical, and emotional development of children. When making your list of first year goals as an early childhood educator, consider the following suggestions.
- Building a relationship and building trust with your students.
Some say that this is the most important first year goal of an early childhood educator. When you build positive relationships with students, your classroom becomes a nurturing and welcoming place for them. When children feel safe and secure, they are more open to learning.
- Teaching children to make friends.
When a child attends a daycare, preschool, or pre-k, it is often the first time that they will be interacting with a lot of other children from all walks of life. As an early childhood educator, you should make it a first year goal to teach your new students how to build relationships. Building relationships revolves around sharing, resolving conflict, and expressing themselves with effective communication.
- Helping children develop confidence.
The more confident children are, the more opportunities they’ll have to grow and thrive. Giving children activities that can help them build confidence and then praising them with success is a great way to do this. Confident children also tend to become more independent as they age.
- Developing a positive relationship with your student’s parents.
Next to students, parents are the people that an early childhood teacher will interact with the most. Parents want their children to learn in a safe and nurturing environment. It should be a first year goal to show parents that you are not only providing their children with a wonderful learning environment but also a place that is safe from harm.
- Helping children learn practical skills.
A great first year goal is to help your students learn practical skills that will help them gain independence as they grow older. Helping children learn skills such as shoe tying, buttoning their coat, putting together a puzzle, or even feeding themselves helps to build their confidence in and out of the classroom.
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