Competencies are the knowledge, skills and attributes we develop in every aspect of our lives. ( UVic, 2018) "You can use your competencies to draw links between what you're learning in school, work and other experiences. Thinking about the competencies you’ve developed can help bring your learning to life. You’ll bring your workplace competencies back into the classroom and apply them to your coursework (and vice versa)."( UVic.2018) Student in ECEC programs regularly address , reflect on , document and set goals based on their competencies. Are students actually more professional in their knowledge of competencies than those not active in course work?
Jim Moulton says, "For any of us, whether student or teacher, child or adult, to do our best, to achieve our highest potential, we have to care. Many students in the ECEC programs have, at some point in their life, accomplished something they never thought they could do. Had you not cared enough to try, you would never have accomplished the goal. Your amazing accomplishment began with caring."Many of our students have never had what they do in school inspire them or allow them to be better, or be relevant to their own happiness.When we ask students to pursue inquiries or questions that only they can answer, they begin to see a reason for the work they do and see that what they do today is relevant to what they will do tomorrow.How often in the educational experience do we provide students with an opportunity for a public celebration of their accomplishments, let alone create an expectation for such celebrations? These students are learning to see that their combined efforts say something to the world about what is possible when they do meaningful and relevant work together.( retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/student-accomplishment-part-one )
Some celebrations I would like to support is an Action Research project done in 2015 that has inspired others
Ashley Aarts Children's Perceptions of Respect and Inclusion retrieved from www.ecebc.ca/resources/journal/2015_Fall/Aarts.pdf
ECEC Advocacy from George Brown youtu.be/PcoyFFMEVGg
Why student voices as leaders? When we talk about student voices we are talking about more than simply listening to students. Student voices is the individual and collective perspective and actions of those within the context of learning. Student voices do not necessarily mean lack of insight. Many students have had a breadth of experience or perspective that allows them to offer insights that those “in the field” otherwise might miss. Time in a profession does not always mean wisdom. Students can often provide inspiring creativity and fresh perspective. They might have the ability to dream bigger or less traditionally. Additionally, students might be more connected with current events or emerging trends and technology, offering a fine eye for the next big thing. In this way, their advice might be more current than that of someone who isn’t as entrenched in popular culture. Students aren't just bringing in skills they've learned in school, but attitudes and mentalities they've lived every day of their lives.