Our Daily Work is Professional Development

Our Daily Work is Professional Development

Recently I was in Reggio Emilia on a study tour of the Municipal schools. The experience of visiting Reggio Emilia was a sensory overload of information and insight, but the one idea that stuck with me the most during the trip was the Reggio educator’s view of professional development.

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Elements of Self-Care and Resiliency

Elements of Self-Care and Resiliency

What is required for self care? Self-care is act of attending to our physical, emotional, social, and cognitive well-being. Well-being is the act of balancing our needs with the demands on our time from outside forces that can include obligations, work, family, and friends. Self-care connects to well-being with builds our resiliency to feel competent and whole in our work.

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Developing a Self Care Plan

Developing a Self Care Plan

Why is self care so important? Well, we work in a field that requires emotional labor. Emotional labor is defined as the need to display particular emotional states as part of a work of profession. It is particularly true in education where we need to make emotional connections with young children to be effective in our work.

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The Role of Self-Care in Early Childhood

The Role of Self-Care in Early Childhood

So, what is self-care and why is it important to cultivate in our lives? Self-care is identified as self-regulation of ones needs- physically, emotionally, cognitively, and socially. It is the ability to recognize and identify when are not having your needs met and planning a course of action that will support you in changing your behavior or circumstances.

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