No other position is more critical to children's learning than their first formal educational experience. Research tells us that a teacher has a profound, positive influence on children's development and future academic endeavors. Children have the foundation necessary to succeed in their future education with educators. Here are the top reasons why you should choose to work in early childhood education as a center director or preschool teacher.
Children are full of wonder
Can you recall the last time you felt truly curious about something? "Like asking why the sky was blue." Maybe it's a long time to recall accurately, but children have this quality in abundance. They are constantly exploring and discovering new things - even if it means getting their hands dirty (literally). Now imagine witnessing this joy and excitement every day while also being the one who shapes their understanding of the world.
A hilarious and unexpected take on everyday situations
A unique perk of being around children is that they come with zero filters. They say what's on their mind and aren't afraid to question everything. It's like having a mini version of the "no-nonsense" judge from your favorite reality TV show in your classroom. But instead of handing out harsh critiques, they offer hilarious and unexpected takes on everyday situations. And let's be honest, it's a welcome break from the monotony of adult life. There is no need for scripts or formalities, just pure, unfiltered entertainment!
They are the future
Another reason to work with children is that they are unquestionably the future generation, and you can mold them into whatever shape or form you desire. Want more kind and compassionate individuals in the world? Teach children empathy. Dream of a society with strong leaders and decision-makers? Give kids the tools they need to become confident and empowered individuals. By working with children, you are creating your army of mini superheroes.
There's one thing we adults envy about children - their ability to bounce back from anything. For instance, a messed up drawing or their favorite toy is breaking. One moment, the child is emotionally moved; the next, they're intrigued by something else like it's no big deal. That's some superhero-level severe resilience right there. And as an early childhood educator, you get to be their trust, helping them navigate the challenges that arise.
Tayler, C. (2015). Learning in Early Childhood: experiences, relationships and 'Learning to Be.' European Journal of Education, 50, 160-174. https://doi.org/10.1111/EJED.12117.
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