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Introduction I 7 Knowing that perception is reality, you may even want to have someone at work assess you as well. Having a coworker or supervisor assess you can be a bit uncomfortable, since no one likes to hear that she needs to change. Start with your self-assessment and then gain the confidence to ask someone else to assess you. You can’t change what you don’t know, and it’s so hard to view yourself objectively. 1 I maintain a professional appearance by dressing appropriately and presenting myself in a professional manner. Always   Usually   Sometimes   Never 2 I act professionally by being on time, maintaining confidentiality, and smiling. Always   Usually   Sometimes   Never 3 I am knowledgeable about child development and early childhood education and continue to learn new things. Always   Usually   Sometimes   Never Always   Usually   Sometimes   Never 5 I have a good attitude at work and show my positive attitude through my actions and conversations. Always   Usually   Sometimes   Never 6 I realize that my job requires me to care for children and their families. Always   Usually   Sometimes   Never Six Steps to Being a Pro Even if you circled “Always” be sure to read the corresponding step—there’s always something to learn and improve on. Refer back to your completed self- assessment form as you explore the six steps to becoming an early childhood professional. being a professional 4 I am prepared for work by being physically present and mentally engaged.