Your H.E.R.O.: Thriving as an Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Professional (LaRocco & Sopko, 2016)
"H=HOPE: Identifying Professional Practice Goals and Pathways for Getting There
E=EFFICACY: Reflecting on Your Confidence to Succeed Professionally
R=RESILIENCE: Bouncing Back and Beyond Professionally
O=OPTIMISM: Being a Realistic and Flexible Professional"
"1. Think about your professional practice and aspirations. Identify a Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Recommended Practices area you want to be better at or improve upon (e.g., family capacity building, assessment, instruction).
2. Write out two or three related goals that are personally valuable, reasonably challenging, and include a clear beginning and ending point." (more steps on p. 5)
"1. In what specific DEC Recommended Practices area do you feel very confident (e.g., family capacity building, assessment, instruction)?
2. What are some of the specific tasks in which you engage in to be effective in those areas? What enables you to be successful? Identify three or four of the most critical tasks." (more on p. 6)
The section on OPTIMISM resonated with me -- it asks us to reflect on a positive and negative professional situation, identify which factors were in our control and which were not, and think about how our actions were the same or different. (p. 8)
For the full article: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1096250615621360
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