Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Final Blog Assignment

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” –Eleanor Roosevelt

 Three consequences of learning about the International early childhood field for my professional and personal development are:
1.)  Realizing that although I have a passion for being around and working with children in a classroom setting; it does not mean everyday is going to be a wonderful day. Being a teacher has MANY challenges and being a teacher is not always pleasant. There are going to be children that have developmental issues, children and families that live in poverty, children that come from abusive households, children and families that come from different countries and who don't understand or speak English. (Just to name a few challenges.)
2.) After all the researching I did throughout this class, it was brought to my attention that teacher salaries are not great. They are considered "Low income." This is quite discouraging and one consequence of learning about the early childhood field in general. 

3.) In learning about International child care, one of the consequences has been just reading about and gaining knowledge on all the negatives of working in the field. Some of these children/families stories are heartbreaking. It makes you realize that being a teacher is not always pleasant and it makes you truly think about what you would do if you were to be in a certain situation; how would you handle it? Could you handle it? Often times, reading about all the information that goes with the field can often change someones mind on working in this field. For me, it has only encouraged me to want to continue learning more and it makes me look forward to being a teacher and helping children and families in anyway that I can.
One goal for the field related to international awareness of issues and trends and the spirit of collegial relations:  Continue doing research, continue gaining knowledge in this field, never stop learning and keep informed on the latest information/news regarding the early childhood field.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Getting to Know Your International Contacts—Part 3

My international contact sent me this in regards to the questions I asked her for this week's assignment:

I found this document that i think can be very helpful. Obviously like i said before, Italy is having a hard time between the government crisis and the economy so especially when it comes to a stable job- things are not well here....I have a diploma in graphics and I'm a certified nurse assistant. I did graduate from cosmetology school...still at 34 years old I'm cleaning houses and baby sitting and doing pretty much everything I can to make a living. My resume is remarkable, I have letters of recommendations but it is very hard to find a stable job. Factories, company franchising store....if you are lucky enough to get hired and not discriminated by your age and all, they put you on a contract that is temporary and the after a year top, the contracts ends and you have to start everything all over again. My goal is to find a job that actually gives me the opportunity to grow professionally and still satisfies me and gratifies me, a job that gives me independence and financial stability. My hopes and dreams...to cut the ties that are still holding me back to my ex because also law is a great deal especially when you have a child that has dual citizenship. I got so much on my plate that really at this point I just want to be content with my significant other and my daughter. Here are some links I found that might be helpful in your research and education.

Links that my international contact thought might be helpful: