The Importance Of Supportive Skills In The Field Of Early Childhood Education

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The Birth through Kindergarten faculty understand the importance of developing and including supportive skills for students to ensure learning outcomes and competencies are met during the experience in higher education. The faculty realized that students will need these specific skills to be effective professional in the field of early childhood education. Many of the supportive skills provided to all Birth to Kindergarten teaching and non-teaching majors are available each semester encompassing various courses. Some skills included are skills provided by various programs within the university. The Birth through Kindergarten faculty reflect on students’ needs and incorporate new innovative methods of encompassing one of the five supportive skills.
Throughout the semester students are provided the opportunity to evaluate their personal goals, strengths, and needs. Supportive Skill 1 focuses on self-assessment and self-advocacy as the students matriculate through the programs. Each BK
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Supportive Skill 3 focuses on written and verbal skills to progress in the educational program and be effective as a professional in their specific field. All students have access to the campus Writing Center. Students are able to meet with qualified mentors and receive support in the area of written communication. The Bk faculty members inform students to visit the Writing Center prior to submitting written assignments. Students are able to assess their writing skills based on the feedback from instructors from one semester to the next. The Elementary Education department also provides various technology workshops to ensure students are aware of new innovative applications and devices that can be integrated in the early learning environments to increase student learning

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