Where do you find ECE Professional Development Courses?
Are you looking for professional development courses for your preschool teachers or daycare workers? ChildCare Education Institute offers a wide variety of courses to keep your staff up to date and knowledgeable in all things preschool. If you are a daycare provider or Preschool director, you may want to share some of the knowledge you gain with your staff. Teaching adults differs from teaching children. If you need ideas on how to do training for your childcare staff, CCEI offers this class, Adult Learning: Theories and Strategies for Trainers and Directors. Read on for my review of the course.
This course is for the professional development for the director of a preschool or day care program. The class on Adult Learning Theories and Strategies really focuses on how to keep the attention of your adult students. It reminds you that, adults may actually pay less attention to the instructor than children do. Adults come into your training session with a knowledge base and personal bias. So, teaching adults something they don't already know can be challenging.
Professional Development for Preschool Teachers: Active Learning Class
Above is a sample slide from the class. The class shares methods and ideas from various scholars. The biggest take away for me (after teaching ECE for many years) be careful not to talk down to your class. Understand that they must want to learn and to do so, they must respect you, but also believe that you respect them.
This class was a little more difficult for me than the previous classes. To be honest, I don't review the study guides and handouts. I know, I know. I achieved a certificate on the first attempt (you're allowed 10 attempts.) However, I scored an 80% and had to guess on a few questions. All of that scholarly info is valuable but difficult to remember, especially when you're tired. Be sure you have plenty of time for the test and that you are well rested!
I truly love learning from the comfort of my own home. In the past, I've done Professional Development for Preschool Teachers through NAEYC. While it's nice to do hands on and meet other people in the field, nothing beats learning at your own pace in your pajamas with ChildCare Education Institute.