Did you know that October 25th is National Make a Difference Day? As such, MyCourseRoom.com would like to thank all of the childcare educators for making a difference with our children. The first few years of a child’s life are some of the most important, and quality care for children during those years increases their probability for future success. In honor of all of the hard work you do, we would like to help make a difference in the lives of these children as well. We welcome all childcare workers to take our Childcare Competency Assessment for FREE. Throughout the month of October, we are offering our assessment that is normally $35 for free.
The best way to make a difference in the community as a whole is by making a difference in the lives of our children. This is done by helping the educators and caregivers achieve the highest level of care possible.
This assessment looks to see if you have mastered a total of 37 skills within 8 competencies from minimum standards, rules and regulations, as well as from personal skills such as communication, organization, and time management. If there are areas where there are competency gaps, we suggest CPE/CEU certified courses that will help you master those areas.
Do you know your personal learning style? Knowing your own personal learning preferences helps you grasp not only new material but also how to help yourself remember those “little things.” This is a great tool to use not just for yourself but for your children as well. Each person learns differently, and knowing how your children learn will help you teach them not only academics but the skills needed in life.
This assessment is based off of research done by Richard M. Felder and Barbara A. Soloman from North Carolina State University. Their research shows that there are four categories that affect your learning style.
- Active/Reflective – Active leaners tend to be more hands on and do best when they are actively involved with it. These people tend to like working in groups over individual work. A reflective learner, on the other hand, tends to think things through and do more research. A reflective learner usually prefers working by themselves over working with a group. Using an example of a person making an omelet for the first time, active learners may jump right in and start making the omelet to see what happens. The reflective learner will try to think things through and reason how to make the omelet prior to starting.
- Sensing/Intuitive – Sensing learners tend to like learning facts. These individuals prefer solving problems with pre-proven methods. Sensing learners are good at memorizing facts and do not like taking classes that are not obviously applicable for the real world. An intuitive learner, on the other hand, prefers to discover new ways of doing things and often works faster. They are not big fans of tasks that require lots of memorization.
- Visual/Verbal – Visual learners tend to learn best with things they can see such as pictures, info-graphs, diagrams, demonstrations, etc. These people get the most out of visual cues. Verbal learners do best with material presented in a word format. This can be in a written or audible. If a person is attempting to study for an upcoming test, the tactics are a bit different for the two learning styles. A visual learner may create charts or info-graphs to help them remember the material that is presented to them. A verbal learner may want to take notes, record classes or join a study group.
- Sequential/Global – Sequential learners gain understanding in a more linear fashion, one step at a time. Global learners, on the other hand, tend to absorb information in an almost random fashion. They seem to pick up and grasp bits and pieces of information as they go through things until it “just clicks.” Global learners do difficult problems very quickly and come up with novel ways of attacking these problems. However, while they can find the solution quickly and come up with the correct answer, they will have difficulty explaining or even showing how they came to the answer. Sequential learners, in comparison, will have an easier time showing how they came to their answer. They solve problems in a step-by-step manner using pre-proven methods.
It is important to note that every person is somewhere along the spectrum in each of these categories. There is no such thing as a totally sequential learner. Although a balance between the two is optimal, most of us have a strong, moderate, or mild preference for one over the other. Learning your preferences in each category gives you the ability to understand how you learn best and apply this to everyday life.
If you have children of you own or if you are a teacher, you should consider finding out what their learning styles are. This will help them as they grow. Knowing how they learn will help them find ways to study, and if you are a teacher, this knowledge will assist you in teaching a child, specifically those children who need some extra help in grasping a subject. MyCourseRoom.com has a FREE learning style assessment to help you figure out your personal learning style.
Communication is critical in conflict management, and much of the communication is done by non-verbal means. If you really want to resolve conflict, you not only have to be tuned into what a person is saying but also the person’s body language. Physical cues are just as important, if not more so, in dealing with conflicts. The way that a person is standing, how his arms and hands are positioned, and the tension in his facial muscles are all signals to help determine what a person is feeling. Body language goes both ways. It is important to remember that as you manage conflict, you are also providing physical cues that a person will use to interpret what you are saying. So the next time you are trying to resolve a conflict, remember your ROLE.
ROLE stands for Receptive, Open, Lean and Eye Contact. These are the non-verbal signals to use in conflict management.
Receptive – Make sure your facial expressions are relaxed and show that you are receptive to what the person is saying. The last thing that is needed during conflict is for you to have your teeth and jaw clenched. This gives the impression that you are ready for a fight and really do not care what is being said. Instead, take a deep breath, relax your facial muscles, and soften your eyes. This allows the other person to feel that you do care about what he is saying and, more importantly, how he feels.
Open – Use an open posture when you are talking and especially when you are listening. Try keeping your arms by your side in a relaxed position, rather than having your arms folded or on your hips. When you have your arms folded, the person may think that you are closed off and cause him to become more defensive.
Lean – Lean/tilt your head or even your body toward the person. For example, if you are sitting at a table across from the person, lean your body toward him slightly. This shows that you are interested in what the person is saying. Leaning back or reclining may be interpreted as indifference.
Eye contact – Maintain eye contact. This lets the person know that you consider this situation and what he is saying more important than anything else at this moment. If you look around the room while the person is talking, you are in essence implying that you have more important things to do.
Learn more strategies for managing conflict by taking the FREE Conflict Management course from MyCourseRoom.com.
When dealing with children, parents and teachers look for new methods for behavior modification and teaching/promoting good behavior. Below is an easy, fun and inexpensive way to help children recognize and work on good behavior.
Try using colorful game chips to create a fun way to provide immediate consequences for positive and negative behavior. This method is very simple; desirable behavior earns blue chips and undesirable earns red chips. As the child earns blue chips, (s)he can save up for different privileges. These behaviors, chip colors and rewards can be customized based upon the ages, setting and availability.
To implement this method, simply follow these instructions:
- Make a list of desirable behaviors.
- Decide when to reward children with a chip when they exhibit these qualities as well as their chip value.
- Clearly identify the specific behaviors that will cause children to lose chips. Ensure that the rules are clear to everyone.
- Make a list of rewards that the children can earn with the number of chips needed to cash in for that reward.
- Introduce the plan in a positive way and let the children personalize their chip boxes with markers, etc.
While this idea is fantastic for elementary school and younger children, it can be adapted for older children (i.e. middle school age) and for home use.
The chips method is a low cost and easy method to encourage kids to practice good behavior without being asked. If you would like to learn more positive discipline strategies, take the FREE Child Guidance and Discipline course from MyCourseRoom.com.
When dealing with children, teachers and parents tend to look for new positive methods for behavior modification and teaching good behavior. Next time you are looking for a way to get your kids or students to do their chores, try a chart.
Charts are effective for use with specific tasks, chores and homework, rather than the behavior itself. Charts are rather simple to use. Add daily stars or stickers for completed tasks with weekly rewards for good performance. List a few goals or chores that you want to reward and the length of time each goal/chore must be completed in order to gain stickers. Next, assign a sticker value to these (i.e. finishing homework is worth 5 stickers). After that the fun starts; create a list of rewards that the stickers can be cashed in for.
The chart is a low cost and easy method to encourage kids to do something. Learn more about charts and other ways of disciplining children by taking the FREE Child Guidance and Discipline course from MyCourseRoom.com.
Did you know that over 70% of childcare centers receive one or more citations during their compliance visits, and in most states these citations are available online to help parents make informed choices? MyCourseRoom.com has created our Childcare Competency Assessment to help you know where you may have compliance issues and to help you get those fixed before your next compliance visit.
This assessment can be tremendously useful in assessing where your staff may have competency gaps and improving these through targeted training. This is especially useful when evaluating new hires. When staff members have completed this assessment, our system will show if they have mastered these competency areas and if not suggests the corresponding CPE/CEU course to help them improve in that area. This assessment chooses random questions to test a total of 37 skills within 8 competencies from minimum standards, rules, and regulations as well as from personal skills such as communication, organization, and time management.
These skills evaluate the following 8 competencies:
- Facilities Management
- Classroom Management
- Student Development
- Interpersonal Communication
As the center administrator, you can start immediately to implement this assessment in your center for just $150 per year for up to 10 staff members. This cost also covers 25 rotatable course hours that you select for your private catalog to help get your employees trained and learner reports that include the assessment results and course progress.
10 users not enough? That is not a problem. You have the ability to add more users to your plan at any time. Simply go to MyCourseRoom.com and sign up for one of our Business Premium plans.
MyCourseRoom.com is anxiously awaiting the arrival of our upcoming certification program, Healthcare Professional Success Principals. This 35 clock-hour program contains four of our professional development courses and our CPHQ certified HIPAA Privacy course. These five courses will help learners develop leadership and management skills and gain a better understanding of the HIPAA Privacy laws. The courses that are included are:
- Effective Facilitation of Meetings – 5 hours: Objectives include projecting meeting outcomes; setting the agenda; establishing roles for key participants; facilitating; and capitalizing on meeting outcomes.
- Empowerment and Accountability – 5 hours: Objectives include setting clear expectations; managing the flow of information; establishing effective controls; phasing in empowerment; and balancing empowerment and accountability.
- Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback – 5 hours: Objectives include identifying differences in personality style; giving feedback constructively; overcoming one’s own resistance to feedback; receiving and actively soliciting feedback.
- Stress Management – 5 hours: Objectives include understanding stress and its external and internal sources; developing strategies for reducing long-term stress; building a tolerance to stress; reducing or eliminating short-term situations that cause stress; learning techniques for immediately reducing stress through relaxation.
- HIPAA Privacy – 15 hours: This CPHQ credentialed course provides an in-depth understanding of the key elements of the federal privacy regulations regarding medical information.
This certification is aimed at giving usable training that can be applied to the real world situations. All of these courses are CEU/CPE/PDU certified and HIPAA Privacy is CEU/CPE/PDU/CPHQ certified.