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From one classroom to another…

What a difference a year makes.

About this time last year, I was in transition as I left a stable job to pursue other passions. One of these passions included working within the education world. I have always enjoyed making those around me better, both personally and professionally, and I’ve also been blessed with the trait and skill of being a lifelong learner.  Having an understanding of these two strengths, I decided to pursue a teaching certification.

In my head I figured, “Hey, why not try to make a difference in the lives of others and why not do it when it could matter the most.” That’s why I moved forward with an Early Childhood Education (ECE) teaching certification program. It’s within this program that I began to learn about the education system and the rapidly changing environment that educator’s are faced with.

A few months after doing all the legwork and gaining acceptance into the program, I began my professional development in the fall of 2014. My course load varied with content, ranging from First and Second Language Acquisition to Instructional Strategies to Infant and Childhood Assessment. Along with this content I took a curriculum design in ECE course that has basically shaped my future (more on that later). As I acquired knowledge through these classes, it became evident to me that the major theme of the semester revolved around Education Theory.

How children learn became the central focus of the course work. Each content area brought in key theories and philosophies that helped to build a sturdy foundation. This process is nothing new and probably has happened for quite some time. However, one aspect of the content has only recently been integrated into the curriculum.

That aspect deals with the use of Standards within the education world. It’s been a mere 5 years since the Common Core was officially introduced and from the looks of the content in my classroom, it’s completely changing the way future teachers are approaching learning. Standards and learning goals are now a big focus of my professional development and the integration of these items into instructional materials plays a huge role in my development.

Gaining a strong understanding of the standards aspect has been critical. As I learned in my curriculum design class, application of what you learn is required for higher levels of success. Through my experience with Partners4results, I have seen the software and it has allowed me to understand how the content within my classroom experience is applied and used within the software.

Partners4results has helped to provide a new layer of understanding as I work for my teaching certification. In my upcoming post, I plan to elaborate on how the company is developing software to line up with this new movement in the education world. Come join me as I share this experience with you and the world!