The idea of having or being a Mentor has been discussed for many years, but as a young Profession Early Childhood Educators have been embarking and considering this practice with more intention over the last decade.
This idea of having a critical friend, someone who can hold us up yet also challenge us to dig deeper about our practice is essential to our reflective practice.
This has led to exploring the questions I would of wanted some one to ask me early on in my career.
- What is your own goodness of fit? What does this mean to you?
- What do you want to know more about?
- Where will you find your passion? Your passion for children, families and our profession?
- Finally, always be ready and able to consider and answer ” Why am I doing what I am doing?”
What questions come to mind for you?
What are your thoughts as you read the list?
Are these qualities you might aspire to?
Which might be easiest and/or hardest to live by?
In a time of reflection, it is incumbent on each of us to look within and challenge ourselves to create a climate and culture open to other perspectives as we work towards a community of practice.
What would your group norms be?
Image retrieved from http://soundchildcare.org/undoing-institutional-racism-training/ on Dec.3,2014.
With so much talk about reflective practice and inquiry in the field of early childhood education, some might be asking so what is all the fuss about?
I was recently introduced to the work of Thom Markham and his blog post; Do you have the Personality to be an Inquiry Based Teacher? The topic immediately caught my eye. Markham states, along with needing to know your field; child development, approaches to learning, the value of play and so on, he identifies five personality attributes that are essential for success. He asks us to reflect on these five traits.
- Are you optimistic?
- Are you open?
- Are you appreciative?
- Are you flexible?
- Are you purposeful
Have a conversation with your colleagues; ask your family members if they see these traits in you …then reflect on ways you demonstrate them on a daily basis. Start the conversation.
Reference: Do you have the Personality to Be an Inquiry Based Teacher? (2013) Retrieved from http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/11/do-you-have-the-personality-to-be-an-inquiry-based-teacher/