I teach two sections of an early childhood special education (ECSE) class. There are 24 children enrolled in my classroom. This year I have 8 girls and 16 boys in my class. Our day is very busy! Preschool aged children are naturally curious about their environment. My classroom is designed to help my students explore different items while developing language and social skills. They love hearing stories, looking at books, building with blocks, and creating art.
My students are 3- to 5-year-old children with special needs in an ECSE classroom.
The majority of my students have language impairments and/or behavior difficulties. They are very curious and energetic students who love to explore. Our daily routine and use of visual supports in the classroom are very important to help my students develop and learn language. The classroom is housed within an elementary school which is a Title I building. I have 2 assistants in my classroom who help make the day run smoothly.
Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC) puts on an annual conference every spring to provide professional development for early childhood teachers. I plan to attend this conference with my ECSE team. After attending sessions, we will share what we learned that day and discuss how we can implement the ideas into our classrooms. I will also earn SCECH hours which are needed for my teaching license renewal by attending this conference.
This 3 day MiAEYC conference has over 150 different workshops to choose from and the workshops cover a wide range of topics.
Some topics include teaching and learning, management, family/community engagement, and child development. While previewing the preliminary conference schedule, a few sessions have caught my eye. Those sessions are “strengthening executive functioning skills,” “childhood trauma and its impact on the classroom,” “concepts to go - extending literacy practices at home” and “early mathematics development”. Some of the workshops that I plan to attend will deepen my understanding about child development and learn about current brain research. Other workshops that I plan to attend focus on practical strategies to implement in the classroom or strategies to share with the parents to improve my students’ learning. I’m excited to hear from other early childhood specialists and to utilize what I learn in my classroom.
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