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How do you feel about being an early childhood education teacher

I'm asking because I've been told that it's not a very rewarding job #educator

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Vernon’s Answer

The reward depends on you. What I mean by that, after teaching secondary science for 12 years as a second career, is don't look for many compliments from parents or administrators. This is especially true in conservative states and towns where the political agenda is slanted toward privatization. Many would-be teachers look to private schools as a better opportunity, but it is a false expectation. The real rewards come from the kids when they show you that you and your lessons make a difference in their lives. Our society is broken, but the teaching profession is still as noble as it's ever been and if you can deal with all the regulations, bad parents, bad parenting, stupid mandated tests and un-supportive communities, your service to the children you see and to our nation will be your quiet, yet superb reward for doing what we all should do from day one: Teach somebody how to do things right.


For me, nothing was more rewarding than seeing a kid learn how to ask good questions, learn how to write a complete sentence, learn how to build and run his/her own experiment or create his/her own project. The trick for YOU as an early childhood teacher is to bring critical thinking into the classroom right away, but at the appropriate learning level. Kids are being dumbed-down by the idiotic, high-stakes testing, but if you teach what needs to be taught, test scores will take care of themselves.


For early childhood, you will be seeing kids who were raised by television cartoons. Perhaps you were too. In order to help build quality citizens, you must implement teaching methods that provide the skills necessary to go to the next level. I can't stress language skills of all types strongly enough. When a kid gets control of the language they are better able to communicate their curiosity and better able to satisfy it. You must create lessons that wean the kids off of the 8-minute sound bite followed by 2 minutes of commercials that sell them sugar. Extended attention span that is longer than 140 characters is terribly important for all. The trap of the electronic devices must be explained and put in perspective, the younger the better.


Good luck.

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Pamela’s Answer

It can be rewarding. But it can also be quite challenging. I always liked the challenge and the nuggets of hope drove me forward. I enjoyed seeing the growth in a child. I enjoyed seeing the lightbulb go on and loved when they found a topic they wanted to explore more on their own. Children have a wonder about them that I enjoyed. I learned from them as well. They taught me many things in life. If you venture into teaching, there will be rewards and challenges. Look for the little things. You will find hope in that manner.
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