Q. What does professional writing look like in Early Childhood Education?

Answer

Early childhood educators communicate with their students, co-workers, parents or caretakers of their students, and members of the community. Learning to communicate professionally contributes to building positive relationships, and instills confidence in you as an educator and in your institution.

Keep these factors in mind when you create emails and other communications in your professional career:

• Know your audience
     - Are you communicating with parents? Co-workers? Community members?
     - Choose a professional but welcoming tone that fits the audience
 
• Communicate clearly and concisely
     - Use an active voice
     - Present information in an organized and logical manner
     - Discuss one idea per paragraph
     - Keep sentences short and concise; choose words carefully
     - Avoid abbreviations, jargon, and extraneous information
     - Write in complete sentences
 
Example: Welcome to New School Year Email to Parent
 

 

The example email is composed of the following elements:

  • Greeting 
  • Introductory paragraph welcoming the student and family to the new school year
  • Paragraph providing the teacher's background and teaching philosophy
  • Paragraph describing the learning environment
  • Paragraph providing information about what to expect on the first day of school
  • Short closing statement welcoming them to your classroom
  • Professional name

Before sending any communication, Proofread, Proofread, Proofread!

     - Are all sentences complete sentences?
     - Are there any grammatical errors?
     - Are there spelling errors?
     - Do ideas flow logically from one idea to another?
 
Consider using these tools when you proofread and polish your written communications:
 
  • Last Updated Feb 03, 2021
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  • Answered By Suzanne Schriefer, Education & General Education Librarian

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