Pause for Inspiration

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Find inspiration, joy, and creativity in everyday things.

Do you find that you often consider your needs last, or not at all? Maybe this happens because you don't have time, you're just too tired at the end of a busy day or week, or you haven't really thought about how you might relax? We all need to find ways to energize and renew ourselves in order to stay with the demanding work of early care and education. Only when we truly care for ourselves and stimulate our creativity, can we fully care for and stimulate others. CompSAT offers tools and surprises that will help you on your path to renewal and reinvigoration.

A teacher observes a young boy stacking toy rocks.

Think about your role models for ethical living and leading, both within and outside the ECE field.

  • What specific values do you admire in them?
  • What, in the realm of professionalism, have these individuals done that you aspire to be able to do?

Think about the values that reflect the professional you are and aspire to be.

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Betty Jones is a well-known author, teacher, and mentor from Pacific Oaks College. Let her inspire you as she talks about her transformation as a college teacher.

There are no templates for the Pause for Inspiration Key. This is a place to take a moment for yourself.

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California Early Childhood Educator Competencies

Consider a source of inspiration found in the Competency Context for Professionalism called Advancing the Early Childhood Profession. You can find it in Focus 2 of the CA ECE Competencies. Scroll to page 214.

What other sources of inspiration are meaningful to you when faced with risk-taking?

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California Early Childhood Educator Competencies