SWCEN - ECE Workshop

SWCEN - Hour 1

Hour 1 - Part 1 - Learning Hour Introduction

There are 2 learning activities for you to complete in Part 1.

  • Activity 1
  • Activity 2

Activity 1: Watch & Read

Watch

Please watch the Introduction video for Learning Hour 1.

Read

There are 3 Learning Pages for this ECE Workshop. You can access each of the Learning Pages through the links in the workshop email that you received from ECE Workshops. Each Learning Page contains information, resources, videos, activities and learning verification links. Each Learning Page is divided into 5 parts. The parts are:

  • Part 1 - Learning Hour Introduction
  • Part 2 - Understand Key Concepts
  • Part 3 - Look
  • Part 4 - Reflect
  • Part 5 - Demonstrate Your Learnings

In this Learning Hour there are a total of 8 activities to be completed.

Activities & Time Tracking for this Workshop

You must successfully interact with all of the information, resources and videos and complete the activities listed on EACH Learning Page in order to be eligible for the professional development certificate for Supporting & Working with Children with Exceptional Needs. So please don't rush; take your time and carefully work your way through the materials and activities that are presented. You can complete all of the work at once -- or you can visit each Learning Page multiple times. The choice is yours -- just make sure you put in a full effort and spend at least 3 hours in total watching, reading, engaging and interacting between all three of the Learning Pages.

We track the time you spend working on this workshop through activity time stamping as well as your time interacting on the Learning Pages.

ECE Workshops can request you to complete more work if it's obvious to our Education Team that you have not invested the amount of time or effort required to successfully complete this workshop.

In this learning hour you will focus on three important areas. These are:

  • Learn about the term "children with exceptionalities."
  • Explore your own personal knowledge, experience and reactions related to supporting children with exceptional needs.
  • You will identify any fears or concerns you have when working with children with exceptional needs.

All of this will give you a solid foundation to move onto more in-depth learning about supporting and working with children with exceptionalities and exceptional needs.

Activity 2: Answer Questions

Next you will be presented with a series of questions. 

1. This ECE Workshop is about:

Question 1

  • Guiding and supporting preschool age children.
  • Supporting and working with children with exceptional needs.
  • Health and nutrition in licensed child care settings.

2. In this Learning Hour you will:

Question 2.

  • Understand why more funding is needed for children with exceptional needs.
  • Learn about the term "children with exceptionalities."
  • Explore case studies about guiding and supporting young children.

3. In this Learning Hour you will:

Question 3.

  • Explore your own understanding of programs and services for supporting children with exceptional needs.
  • Explore your own personal history, work experience and philosophy related to supporting children with exceptional needs.
  • Explore your own personal knowledge, experience and reactions related to supporting children with exceptional needs.

4. In this Learning Hour you will:

Question 4.

  • Identify who else you know that has experience working with children with exceptional needs.
  • Identify any fears or concerns you have when working with children with exceptional needs.
  • Identify the training you need to work with children with exceptional needs.

5. The term children with exceptionalities is:

Question 5.

  • Generally accepted within the field of early childhood education.
  • Considered unacceptable by some educators who work in the field of early childhood education.

6. Past personal experiences you have had interacting with someone who has additional needs, a disability or chronic health condition could influence your early childhood education practice? True or false?

Question 6.

  • True
  • False

7. Sometimes feeling concerned or uncomfortable when you are supporting a child with extra needs is a normal. True or false?

Question 7.

  • True
  • False

8. What is the total amount of time you must spend engaging and interacting on this Learning Page?Untitled multiple choice question

Question 8.

  • 3 hours
  • 1.5 hours
  • 2 hours
  • 1 hour

9. Fill in the blank. Upon successful completion of this ECE Workshop you will receive a professional development certificate that is worth ___ hours.Untitled multiple choice question

Question 9.

  • 6
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

10. Ongoing professional development in the field of Early Childhood Education is a good way to learn more about supporting children with exceptional needs. True or false?

Question 10.

  • True
  • False

Hour 1 - Part 2 - Understand Key Concepts

There are 2 learning activities for you to complete in Part 2.

  • Activity 3 - Watch & Read
  • Activity 4

Activity 3: Watch & Read

Watch

Watch the Hour 1 video for Part 2. 

This video will take you less than 12 minutes to watch. 

Please watch the whole video.

Read

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Activity 4: Answer Questions

Hour 1 - Part 3 - Look

There are 2 learning activities for you to complete in Part 3.

  • Activity 5
  • Activity 6

Activity 5: Watch & Read

Watch

Watch the Hour 1 video for Part 3. 

This video will take you less than 18 minutes to watch. 

Please watch the whole video.

Read

Explore Your Own Personal Knowledge, Experience and Reactions

Every single Early Childhood Educator has stories about how they came to work in the field. Often, those stories are full of moments that had a dramatic impact on why they chose to do the work they do. In many cases, we have far more personal knowledge and experience than we give ourselves credit for.  Sometimes, the very best place to start is by understanding what we draw upon in relation to our own already existing personal experience when it comes to working with young children who have exceptional needs.

Jane's Story

As I put the materials together for this workshop I thought about the experiences I had growing up as well as in the early days of my work in the field of Early Childhood Education.

Here’s a list of a few of my own personal experiences: 

When I was in elementary school, I became friends with a young girl who had been taken into the Foster Care system in BC. She was in a wheelchair and had a number of ongoing health conditions and issues. As her friend, I learned how to navigate a great many barriers related to physical accessibility. I also came to understand how hard it can be for a child to live with ongoing chronic health conditions.   

In my high school years, I volunteered with a local recreation program that offered after school activities  for children with special needs. For several years, I worked weekly with children who were between the ages of 7 and 14 years. We cooked, we swam, we played and we sang many, many songs.  Through this experience, I came to understand that children with special needs have a large range of challenges and abilities and that there are a great many ways to support those needs.   

Finally, very early in my career, I was hired as a Special Needs Support Worker to support a young boy named Joey who had lost his vision due to a brain tumour. He was 4 years old. For close to six months I worked with him on an almost daily basis. I even took care of him 24/7 for several weeks while his family were away. My experience with Joey taught me a lot about patience, compassion, kindness, love, laughter and curiosity. It also taught me a lot about advocating for the needs and rights of children who need extra care and support. 

Each of these experiences helped me to learn a lot about the vast range of exceptional needs that exist and the many ways they can impact children, their families and the educators who work with them.  I also came to understand that it’s totally normal to feel a little uncertain about the “right way” to approach supporting a child who requires extra support or care — especially when you have limited knowledge or experience to begin with. Today, I know that I am a better educator and leader in the field of Early Childhood Education because of each of the experiences and the individual children I came to know and love — as people and friends.

Activity 6: Answer Questions

Hour 1 - Part 4 - Reflect

There is 1 learning activity for you to complete in Part 4.

  • Activity 7 - Watch & Reflect in Writing

Activity 7: Watch & Reflect in Writing

Watch

Watch the Hour 1 video for Part 4. 

This video will take you less than 8 minutes to watch. 

Please watch the whole video.

Reflect in Writing


Hour 1 - Part 5 - Demonstrate Your Learnings

There is 1 learning activity for you to complete in Part 5.

  • Activity 8

Activity 8: Watch & Review All Work

Watch


Review Your Work

There have been a total of 8 Activities (including this one) for Learning Hour 1 of Supporting & Working with Children with Exceptional Needs. Before moving on to the Hour 2 Learning Page take a moment now to ensure you have completed each of the activities. Below is a list of all Activities that were presented to you.

  • Activity 1: Watch & Read the Learning Hour 1 Introduction.
  • Activity 2: Complete the Quick Quiz.
  • Activity 3: Watch & Read Understand Key Concepts.
  • Activity 4: Answer Activity 4 Questions
  • Activity 5: Watch, Read and Look at Information
  • Activity 6: Answer Activity 6 Questions
  • Activity 7: Watch & Reflect in Writing
  • Activity 8: Watch & Review All Work (that is this activity)

Verify Your Learnings

Next you will be presented with a question to verify you have completed Activities 1 to 8 for Learning Hour 1 of this ECE Workshop.

Please confirm you have completed all of the Activities for Learning Hour 1.

  • Yes, I confirm I have completed all of the Learning Activities for Learning Hour 1.
  • No, I have not completed all of the Learning Activities for Learning Hour 1.