Learning Environments and Curriculum:

Know Yourself

Breadcrumb trail:

Becoming more self-aware begins with examining yourself.

We each bring our experiences, perspectives, and worldview to our work — the good, the bad, and all of the in-between. These are what make us who we are and influence our practice with children, families, and colleagues. We also hold in our minds a picture of our ideal selves. Knowing more about yourself can pave the way to becoming the person and the early educator that more closely matches your ideal self. This first Key to Reflection and Inquiry can help you become more self-aware and intentional in examining who you are now and who you want to become.

A woman pausing for reflection.

When you plan an environment with curriculum activities for children, it is important to keep them safe. At the same, time research suggests that children need to be provided with opportunities to take calculated risks.

How do you feel about these two scenarios?

A young boy stares at an open flame.
A young boy slices bananas with a sharp knife.

Try This!

Read the article "Take a Closer Look at Glass in Class", and reflect on the following questions:

  • How do you feel about offering young children glass or other breakable objects with which to engage?
  • What do you think the benefits might be?
  • What would it take for you to be comfortable with including glass or other breakable object in your environment?

Use this template to record your observations, thoughts, and feelings.  Download the Template

Deepen Your Understanding

California Early Childhood Educator Competencies

Deepen your understanding of the expectations for self-awareness in guiding children's behavior by reviewing the Topic: Materials and equipment in Performance Area 2 of the CA ECE Competencies. Scroll to page 73.

Can you find other places in this competency area that address these questions?

Download the California ECE Competencies

California Early Childhood Educator Competencies