Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Professional Hopes and Goals

This class on Diversity finishes this week! My 6th master's class is almost done! I have 5 left, I'm officially over half way there. So it's time for my last blog post for this class.

-One hope about diversity: I look at my own kids and I have hope in them. I see them make friends with kids who are different from them, they may have a different color of skin, or different abilities, or be a different gender, but my kids don't see that. All they see is that they are friends with this really nice girl or boy. I want to be more like my own kids and I want to continue to teach that to the other children I work with, that they should get to know someone's heart first before they make a decision about them.

-One goal for the early childhood field: I think that each person that works with children should be required to take professional development hours in the topics of diversity regardless of the location of their center/school. Too many people put diversity into a racial box and say that it has nothing to do with their school because everyone there is the same race. However, diversity goes way beyond that and encompasses everyone. If more teachers were received continued education in diversity, we would have a better chance of passing on a good viewpoint of diversity onto the following generations.

-I'm thankful for this class, and to all of my colleagues and classmates. I've learned a lot from each of you, thank you.

2 comments:

  1. Danielle,

    I liked your story about your kids! You are completely right in that young children do not see physical differences. This year I directed a summer camp (summer in Panama runs from Jan. to March) from ages 3 to 5, and there was this kid who has to wear a cast from his shoulders to his hips because of several physical problems. Other kids did not stare at him neither showed pity (things that an adult would normally do). They just saw a friend with a really cool neon-orange cast. It was a little difficult to handle because there were some activities he couldn't perform or participate in, for example, getting into the pool. And, it got a little bit harder as the rest of the kids will always invite him to play and take part of every activity.

    Thanks for sharing and good luck with the rest of your classes!

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  2. Danielle,
    I loved how you tied this course back to your own children. I remember my son and I were driving to meet a classmate at the park for a play date and I asked him what his new friend looked like? My son replied, "You can't miss him mom, he will be the nice one!" If we could all see the world through the eyes of a child.
    Kimberlee

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