What Resonates with me about Early Childhood Public Policy and Advocacy?

I choose this specialization because I really like the thought of advocating for children and families.   I personally feel as if advocating chose me, when I started my journey in early childhood education I met a little girl that was the angriest three-year-old I have ever met.  Yet over time, I became that little girl voice, the voice that restore a family relationship that was falling apart. Over my 15 plus years of working in early childhood education, I have been the voice for many children, as a result, restore many relationships. What I like about advocacy is being able to help families create a path that fits their needs, this is often done through finding resources, listening, and providing training.   What I hope to learn from this class is the public policy. I want to know how to reach legislators or how to propose a change that will benefit families and children. I also want to explore ways that I can find long lasting funding to support families and community and they embrace their journey change.

 

 

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THANKS

Thank you for generously allowing me the opportunity to learn and get new insights from each one. I wish good fortune to all of you as you pursue your next course and next level in life. screenshot_2016-06-26-17-42-50.png

Adjournment and Goodbye

  • Five stages of team development
  • forming
  • storming
  • norming
  • performing and adjourning

Reflecting on a group that modeled these five stages was a small community group that I was a part of. This was a group of like-minded people with one goal in mind, which was to help young teen learned more about life skills.  As a team, I found that we communicate very well and we share ideas with each other peacefully.  This week as I learned about the five stages of team development which is forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning  (Abudi, 2010).  I reflected on how this class is the class is about to adjourn.

Looking over our group discussion I feel we share ideas and build on a topic as a team which modeled the five stages.  The discussion board allowed us to form, storm, norm, and perform when sharing ideas. I know personally, the discussion has allowed me to come to answer to things that I have to deal with at work.  In most cases, it is not done purposefully but I think we have followed these five steps and wasn’t aware.

Reference

Abudi, G. (2010). The five stages of team development: A case study. Retrieved from http://www.projectsmart.co.uk/the-five-stages-of-team-development-a-case-study.html

Communicate more effectively with people or groups

No, I communicate with everyone the same.   I believe that communicating with respect is one of the key foundation to a happy life. Communicating with respect will decrease judgment and biases. To key part of effective communication, no matter who you are is empathy and listening to understand.

Three strategies I use to help me communicate more effectively with the people or groups you have identified:

-Listening for understanding

-Repeating statements for clarity

-Responding without judgment

Disagreements/Conflicts

Disagreements/Conflicts are hard in any setting but is really hard in the workplace. Over my time  I  found my self-avoiding disagreements/conflicts.  I would often just agree or take the blame because I didn’t want to deal with conflicts.

1. Find compassion and strive to connect-

As I grew in my career I found that avoiding it wasn’t the best. It would cause more work and people assuming that you aren’t the perfect fit for the workplace.  My approach to fixing this problem was to truly listen to what the other person is saying. Then communicate back to them that I understand and respect their point. Last I express my view and ask they we agree to disagree.

2. Focus on the problem

I found that focusing on the problem I didn’t feel pressured to keep my thought to myself. Also focusing on the problem allowed me to stick to the topic and not speak from my feeling. It was also easier for me to direct the pther person back to the focus of the problem and not each other.

 

How I Really Communicate

I was not really surprised by my scores.

But what surprised me a little was how I am my own worst critic, I found that I doubt myself a lot. In which I felt like I  knew this but seeing it on paper was different.  The other two people who took the test in reference to my level of anxiety communication when communcating scored me in the low/medium level.

Other insights that I gained:

I found that when listening, I listen with a true passion not to offend anyone, yet when I verbally communcate  it may or can be reived in a very difeive way.  I realized that I listen very well, but I don’t really soften the blow when I speak. The report stated that I am all for the fact.  I can say that is very true to me I speak only the fact.  I will also state only the facts to someone. Even in those facts are hard to hear.

This helped me a lot because I notice that I don’t speak a lot, but when I so speak it is very short and to the point. This could make others feel like I am being very short with them, which I am not. This helps me better understand how my form of communication is reviewed.

Cultural Diversity

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  • Do you find yourself communicating differently with people from different groups and cultures?

No, I communicate with everyone the same.   I believe that communicating with respect is one of the key foundation to a happy life. Communicating with respect will decrease judgment and biases. To key part of effective communication, no matter who you are is empathy and listening for understanding. 

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