Education In Erick Erickson's Stages Of Education

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People say money is what makes the world go around, however, education is truly what makes the world go around. If people really think hard about what education has done for America it is astonishing. American citizens getting a formal education is one major things that separates us from struggling third world countries. Formal education is what makes us humans more capable than animals. We have the brain capacity and the ability to learn more than just how to hunt and survive. Education has to begin somewhere, and for most people, the beginning of their educational journey starts with preschool. All educators are important but preschool teachers are often times a child’s first glimpse into the world of never ending education. If people take …show more content…
When a teacher is assessing a child’s developmental needs and stages a teacher may look at Erick Erickson’s Stages of Development. Erickson was a theorist who came up with his eight stages of development. Each stage has an age and along with that age comes a crisis the person must overcome. The first stage is ages 0-1. The crisis of this stage is Trust vs mistrust. At this stage babies learn to trust their caregivers with their basic needs. If a child’s needs are not met, he or she may grow up with a general mistrust of the world. In stage two ages 2-3 the crisis is autonomy vs shame and doubt. A toddler starts to develop their own independence and begins to learn that they can do things on their own. If a child is not encouraged correctly, he or she may develop shame and doubt about their abilities. In stage three, ages 4-6 the crisis is initiative vs guilt. A preschooler develops independence and starts to do things by them selves. If a child is not able to take initiative and succeed at appropriate tasks, they may develop guilt over their needs and wants. Stage four is ages 7-12 and the crisis at this stage is industry vs inferiority. During their school years’ children develop self-confidence through learning new things. If they are not encouraged and praised correctly, they might develop an inferiority complex. Stage five is ages …show more content…
I decided to interview and shadow Joy Lenz, she is an early childhood and special education teacher. Her background in early childhood is having a bachelor’s degree in elementary and early childhood education along with a master’s degree in special education. I asked Ms. Joy many questions when I went over to interview her, here are some of the questions and answers. I asked, “What advice would you give to someone considering going into early childhood?” She responded with, “Spend at least on year working as a para. Learn a lot about development mental physical, and moral. Learn to tolerate people. Tolerance is key. All the people make a difference in your classroom.” I wanted to know her opinion on how much teachers make; she responded with, “Yes, but most teachers would rather get the respect they deserve.” After a few other questions I asked, “What has had they greatest impact on your career choice?” She responded with, “I knew from the time I was four I wanted to be a teacher. I’ve had lots of experiences with special needs children. I have worked with a lot of people with delays.” (Joy

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