What I have Learned

Related imageBecoming an anti-bias early childhood teacher is a journey wrought with self-reflection, inner-perspective on our personal beliefs, knowledge about the injustices that diverse groups face, and ways that we could build our communities, families, and children with pride about who they are and how to stand up for themselves. I agree that this journey to ensuring that the children and communities we work in are treated with equitable justice.

In my lifetime I have grown up poor living on governmental programs, in governmental facilities just to survive.  My parents faced many prejudices based on the color of their skin and economic status, therefore, I can identify the hurt children feel when their whole identity is personified by society in a way that makes them feel ashamed of who they are. As I have grown to overcome that, I find myself in in a community whose biggest population is under fire for trying to leave their homelands in search of a better future for their children. In the media, they are being personified and stereotyped negatively. These families feel fearful, anxious, depressed, and discriminated against every single day. This people of my school community are not alone around the world people of diverse groups face gross injustices every day.  It is because of the plight of these diverse groups in our society that I chose this journey.

At the beginning of this course, my goal was to learn how to create an accepting environment where all children and families feel that they belong, where individual identities are celebrated, and children feel visible, where language and culture can be shared, and most importantly where children can learn about other cultures & groups similarities and differences (Derman-Sparks & Edwards, 2010). I would like to add to that specific goal by ensuring that children can see themselves in their learning environment, that their families and diverse cultures are represented with photos, books, authentic curriculum, and activities that teach about how to be accepting, aware and proud of their cultural identities. In order to do this, I will work to find out more of the families before they enter my classrooms with surveys in their home languages as well as one on one home visits prior to school starting.

In addition, I think it is important to continue to learn as much as I can about implementing anti-bias curriculums, strategies, and activities through learning more learning resources, national organizational memberships, and research-based practices. I hope to become a life-long learner and advocate for diverse families in order to provide them with the most effective resources available in order to help them grow, become confident, and successful.

I would like to thank all my colleagues, early childhood professionals, and master teacher Dr. Kien for creating a safe platform and learning environment for me to grow professionally. I have learned so much from all of the early childhood professionals in our classroom through their shared related stories, experiences, and knowledge. I appreciate every personal story shared because in essence sharing them made each one of us grasp a deeper comprehension of the concepts learned. Thank you for hard work and dedication Dr. Kien and thank you, colleagues, for your continued support and professional knowledge.

3 thoughts on “What I have Learned

  1. Hi, Lilyann!
    Isn’t amazing how our experiences in our younger lives mold us to be such fierce warriors for the broken? I am so happy that you are resilient person and that you have a personal commitment to make your corner of the world a better place.
    It has been a complete joy to have been in your realm throughout this course.

    Keep Moving Forward…Quay

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  2. Hi Lilyann! It sounds like you know personally how how many of students you are working with and will work feel. Understanding their plight firsthand is not an advantage I have; although growing up in the conditions you did never should be called an “advantage”. It seems that either you had the consistent parenting. available resources and/or inner balance to have enough resilience to rise about your beginnings. So be proud of where you are now in relation to where you began because I am sure that you are the minority in many with your same background. But of course I am speaking from somewhat of an assumption based on my knowledge and experiences and it is probably a stereotype in itself. I think your goal of having children see themselves in a learning environment is a great start. I’m sure you already have started making those steps! Great post and best of luck!

    Jill

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  3. Good Evening Ms. Lily
    I finally see how to comment again on your blog! I have really enjoyed reading the discussion posts and blog posts that you had (that I could find!) I can definitely relate to your blog post here, only my experience with these programs and subsidies has actually occurred more in my adulthood, then when I was a child. Like you, I know that children can feel anxiety and insecurity not knowing when they will receive something, or how they will receive their education and of what quality it will be, and I commend you for your willingness to stand up for the educational and cultural foundations of children within these situations! I truly hope that we are in the next course together so we can continue to grow educationally and professionally. Great Post, and Good luck in all your aspirations!

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