Discussion 1

Please assess your own stress levels and coping styles by completing the following brief questionnaires as they apply to you: the Holmes and Rahe Life Stressors Scale, the Hassles and Uplifts Scale, and the Identification of Coping Styles worksheet. You will find links to each of these questionnaires within the Resources section. After you have completed these questionnaires, please think about your own stressors, patterns of reactivity, and coping methods and share your findings. Apply the concepts presented in this module as appropriate while addressing the following questions:

  • Are there specific types of situations that you find particularly stressful and do you attribute more of your stress to major life events or daily hassles?
  • Please analyze your coping methods in relation to their health benefits – are your coping strategies healthy? Why or why not?
  • Finally, have you noticed any connection between your own stress and health (either good health or poor health)?]

Discussion 2

Respond to Nicole and Amanda post below. In your response, do one of the following:

Ask a probing question.

Offer a suggestion.

Elaborate on a particular point.

Provide an alternative opinion.

Nicole post

My field of professional practice is Early Childhood Education. One of the many problems I face in this profession is when parents treat preschool simply as a baby siting service instead of a way for their child to be educationally, developmentally, and cognitively ready to meet the necessary milestones at the appropriate time. When parents decide to wait, they do a disservice to the students and now the student is starting their educational journey behind, in either literacy, or cognitive function. Another problem that is faced in this profession is when and if there is a problem, many parents simply stay in a state of denial instead of accepting that there may be a problem in their child’s progression and speak up to ensure that Their child is being advocated for. Now educators that are parents may sympathize a bit more in understanding how difficult it can be, however denial is no excuse. While it may be true that we as parents seek out professional opinions concerning our child, as an educator it is important to relay to parents that they are the most powerful advocators for their children, they know their children is some regards that a teacher may not.

Amanda post

The problem we face on a daily basis in the school where I work is how to bridge the achievement gap in our English Language learners. What strategies and training do teachers need to be able to help our ELL students in the regular education classrooms? What can teachers do to help their students and how can they get the ELL parents and family involved with the students educational needs and goals?

I am going to be looking for qualitative articles that describes best practices and strategies that other teachers and schools have found to be effective for them. I am going to be looking at which ones fit the needs of our school and determine how I am going to present this information to our teachers in a professional development opportunity for our district. I want to compare the practices that currently exist in our school to the best practices that have been tried and tested to determine where we can make effective changes in our classrooms.

Respond to the next two student posts.

Part 1:How can learning the impact of responsive caregiving affect your work with young children? Please be sure to provide specific examples. The reason for learning the impact of responsive caregiving in order to have to the best effect on your job is so that you know better ways to teach the children so that they are able to grow to the best of their ability. Some examples of providing this is by giving the children your full attention and the necessary tools that they would need to learn.

Part 2: It is important that early childhood professionals can explain the importance of responsive caregiving in early childhood to parents. In parent-friendly terms, explain the importance of early childhood education and responsive caregiving and the research supporting responsive caregiving. Please be sure to include at least two examples. The best way that you can explain the importance of responsive caregiving to parents is by talking to them on a daily basis so that they know what their child(ern) are doing and learning about. Another way would to have parent teacher conferences twice a year so that they can have a chance to evaluate their child along with you and come up with a good plan on how to help the child more.

Anna post

Part 1:

How can learning the impact of responsive caregiving affect your work with young children? Please be sure to provide specific examples.

The impact of responsive caregiving will affect my work with young children when I can identify maltreatment, neglect or abuse child outside of the program such as at home. As a caregiver, we should give our full attention to the child and provide necessary tools for the children who are neglected. And we should understand and identify the sign of any maltreatment. According to the National Scientific Council. (2012) “The impact of severe neglect can be manifested

in different ways across different periods of development.” So, the responsive caregiver should involve in a child’s clues and emotions in order to detect if something is wrong with the child which would develop a greater issue in different periods. A caregiver should involve in changing children’s moods. For example, a caregiver can make a smile on a child’s face by giving a toy and gently talking and hugging the child.

Part 2:

It is important that early childhood professionals can explain the importance of responsive caregiving in early childhood to parents. In parent-friendly terms, explain the importance of early childhood education and responsive caregiving and the research supporting responsive caregiving. Please be sure to include at least two examples.

As responsive caregiving in early childhood, it is important to stay in contact with parents on a daily basis and meet all-conference for the child’s development. One example of a daily basis could be toilet training. The child can learn to hold and being able to go to the toilet. In my workplace, we tried for some kids and they had been training at home as well, so they could stay dry on dippers. I work with special needs children. So, as a caregiver, I had to take the child every two hours to the toilet and ask to do the same to the parents for the child. We had to keep records on how the child progress in school and home too for the toilet training task. Another example, parents involving in the conference about the child’s progress in the classroom. A caregiver then can explain how they socially interact or how he/she is progressing academically.