Professional Development for Busy Teachers
I recently attended a conference for preschool teachers, and while it was fun to go somewhere different, it was exhausting. After a two hour drive and a night spent sleeping away from my family in an unfamiliar bed, I woke up early. Then, I sat through 8 hours of sessions with a short lunch break. I repeated this for a second day. Don’t get me wrong. I learned a lot and enjoyed aspects of it. But it definitely wasn’t the easiest way to earn professional development credits. It was especially hard when my little girl cried on the phone that night because she missed me. She tugged at this mama’s heartstrings BIG TIME!
Online Professional Development for Teachers
I’ve found a much better professional development option for busy teachers. I recently took some courses through ChildCare Education Institute, and this experience was second to none! I didn’t have to drive anywhere. In fact, I sat on the sofa with my laptop…in my pj’s! My daughter was nearby, content that Mommy was home. I had to stop at one point to answer the phone. Another time I needed a quick snack break, because who doesn’t like to snack while studying? Each time, I stopped where I was and then came back and picked up right where I left off. I knew I had truly found the holy grail of teacher training with ChildCare Education Institute!
Getting Started with CCEI
Getting started with CCEI is so simple. First, you create an account on their user-friendly website. Then you look through the online course catalog and choose your courses. Tuition is very affordable, and the course selection is truly impressive! As a pre-k teacher, I focused on preschool courses. But there are also courses for daycare teachers, Head Start teachers, center directors, and more. In fact, CCEI offers more than 250 courses ranging from environmental print to growth mindset and from literacy to science. Plus, they offer courses in both English and Spanish. You can sort courses by topic to make them easier to narrow down. Courses are also available at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.
Taking a Course
Once you register for your course, you’ll want to print out the course handout. This is a convenient way to take notes and truly maximize your learning. Courses consist of slides with information, case studies, and photographs. Periodically, you’ll answer a comprehension question to review. If you miss the question, the course prompts you to some review slides to be sure you understand before moving on. At the end of the course, you take a comprehension quiz. Then, you’re able to print a certificate of completion to turn in for professional development credits. And best of all, you can rest assured that your time counts as all CCEI CEUs are IACET approved, and CCEI is one of the only online training providers that is nationally approved by the Distance Education Accrediating Commission (DEAC).
Course Review: STEM in Early Childhood Education
I recently completed the CUR106: STEM in Early Childhood Education course through ChildCare Education Institute. I was truly impressed with the course set up and content. First, the course did a great job explaining why STEM is so critical and how important it is to expose even preschoolers to science, technology, engineering, and math. Because CCEI is known for developmentally appropriate practice, this course reinforced the idea that STEM experiences in early childhood should be play-based and led by student inquiry. In other words, STEM shouldn’t just be an experiment a teacher plans ahead of time. Students’ interests and questions should guide our use of STEM in the classroom. I loved this quote from the course:
If young children have ample, appropriate opportunities to observe, explore, and experiment, then you will be helping them build a foundation for success in the areas included in STEM.
I enjoyed learning more about The Project Approach in this course. This approach follows the principles of the scientific method and is perfect for preschool classrooms. The course gave specific, concrete steps to follow in implementing the project approach. It presented a very detailed case study of a preschool classroom’s study of birds to reinforce the concept of a project approach. The course also gave solid, research-based information about intentional teaching, teaching for understanding, and encouraging inquiry, again using real world case studies as examples.
My Honest Opinion about the Course
Overall, I was impressed by the quantity and quality of information presented throughout the CUR106: STEM in Early Childhood Education course by ChildCare Education Institute. And, I definitely had a better understanding of how to implement STEM in my own pre-k classroom because of the information presented in the course. After completing the course, I felt inspired to give the project approach a try. I think my students will benefit as little scientists because of the valuable information I learned through CCEI‘s STEM course.
This is the fourth online course I’ve completed through CCEI, and I already have a list of future courses I can’t wait to take. Without reservation, I highly recommend ChildCare Education Institute to any educators looking for the best online professional development option. Each course has been easy to navigate and has presented relevant information that I can take back and use right away in my classroom. The courses are affordable, and the online format is so convenient! I can complete my courses at night or on the weekend. And as a Georgia pre-k teacher, I love that so many of their courses are approved for Bright From the Start credit! ChildCare Education Institute I definitely suggest you give a try for earning your professional development credits.
This post was sponsored by ChildCare Education Institute. However, all opinions are my own. I do not promote any services or products unless I wholeheartedly believe in them.
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