Friday, 27 February 2015

Blog Week 8 : Reflecting on Learning

As a result of the learning I have gained from the past eight weeks of this course I understand and appreciate the need to teach diversity and anti-bias education in a more profound way than ever before. I want to ensure that I am creating an environment in which authentic lessons about diversity are embedded in the curriculum throughout each and every day rather than just in the celebration of holidays or through concrete lessons. I really appreciate the way in which Hoffman taught us to use each and every lesson to teach something meaningful about various cultural groups, recent issues that evolved in the classroom or any other social injustices. Derman-Sparks & Olsen Edwards (2010) state that “Anti-bias education work in early childhood is shaped by a deep-seated belief in the importance of justice, the dream of each child being able to achieve all he or she is capable of, the knowledge that together human beings can make a difference” (p.9). When we began this journey towards anti-bias education we were told that it would take a personal commitment. I am truly committed and dedicated to this professional endeavor because I not only believe that it is crucial for the healthy development of all children but I am also amazed and honored at the opportunity we as educators have to make a difference.

I would like to take a minute to thank each and every one of my peers for their support during the past eight weeks. I have learned and have grown as a result of the rich discussion and insight that has taken place through both the blog posts and the discussion forum.

Thanks again, and best of luck in future courses and endeavors- we are almost there!


References:


Derman-Sparks, L., & Olsen Edwards, J. (2010). Anti-bias education for young children and ourselves. Washington, D.C.: National Association for the Education of Young Children
(NAEYC).

3 comments:

Zephirina Lansiquot said...

Hi Rhiannon

It is evident that you are ready to embark on your journey as an anti-bias educator. Your passion for the field is unmistakable. Derman-Sparks and Edwards (2010) stated that at "the heart of anti-bias work is the vision of a world in which all children are able to blossom, and each child's particular abilities and gifts are able to flourish' (p. 2). The hope you have for children will surely help them to blossom and flourish as their differences will be viewed as strengths. As you embark on your journey to do anti-bias work I wish to share this quote by Harriet Tubman with you; “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

Thanks for your collaboration on the discussion board and hope to see you in the next class.
Derman-Sparks, L., & Edwards, J. O. (2010). Anti-bias education for young children and ourselves. Washington, D.C.: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Royce said...

Rhiannon,

I have learn so much from this class and even from you, your blog was outstanding and your discussion has made me blessed to have you in my class. Thank you for sharing and caring for what you do every day in life, I wish you nothing but success in your endeavors Good Luck!

Thanks,
Royce

Tierra Jackson said...

Hello,

This journey has been a blast. It also has allowed us all to develop ourselves and provide anti-bias education for all children. I appreciate the note of thanks. Wish you continued success.

Warmest regards,
Tierra Jackson

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