My mom, my dad, my aunt, my uncle, and a couple of my older cousins were all teachers. As such, it was hardly a surprise to anyone when I elected to become a teacher myself. They were a little startled, however, when I got into early childhood education as a focus. Despite the great strides this field has made in recent years, early childhood teachers are sometimes not treated with the same respect that other teachers are treated with. Just because early childhood lesson plans are made for young students, however, doesn’t mean that they are easy to make. Through my dedication to my career and through educating the people around me about the things that I actually do, I have been able to be a good example and demonstrate what my career is really about.
Few people really realize how fascinating early childhood education is. A lot of people assume that if mostly involves playing with toddlers all day. In reality, there is a lot more to it. Early childhood educators study a great deal of developmental theory in order to understand the learning process among kids. Middle school teachers, high school teachers, and most other educators focus on teaching academic information. With early childhood education, however, the goals are much more primary. Skills like spatial reasoning, teamwork, sociability, and basic verbal skills are highly emphasized in early childhood education. These are the things that kids are trying to learn, and as an early childhood educator you need to understand how their brains work in order to teach them.
One of the most interesting specializations within the field is early childhood special education. In some ways, it is even more difficult than the rest of early childhood education. An early childhood special educator works with some of the most difficult kids going through a very difficult age. A lot of people assume that special education classes are nothing more than babysitting, but in reality there is a lot of teaching that goes on. The goal with special needs students is to make them as independent as possible, and this is no easy task for many of them. They will one day have to go out into the real world and it is the responsibility of society to educate them on how to do this. This process begins in early childhood education and goes all the way into the teenage years or even beyond.