My anti-bias journey is life long and will never truly be met or completed, through self-reflection I will continue to grow and change everyday (Derman-Sparks & Edwards, 2010). As early childhood professionals, it is our job to ensure every child and family is visible in our program and that they feel welcome in our classroom and community (Derman-Sparks & Olsen Edwards, 2010). “It is important that we don’t close children off with the walls of our assumptions. We should leave ourselves open to surprises (Laureate, 2011).” We must never forget children’s first experiences as members of classroom communities set the foundation for a lifetime a social behavior patterns is critical to success (Jiang & Jones, 2016).
These are the words of wisdom that will support my continued journey.
Thank you, to all my professors throughout this masters program that have inspired my to have the courage to look inward and the knowledge to change outwardly through my words and actions. Thank you, to all my colleagues that have supported and challenge me throughout this journey. I wish for your passion to grow and your dreams for children to come true. We have built a strong community of support throughout this program that I hope will continue as our journeys continue. I will leave my contact information and look forward to future collaborations.
We Did It!!!!!!!
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Jiang, H. S., & Jones, S. Y. (2016). Practical Strategies for Minimizing Challenging
Behaviors in the Preschool Classroom. Dimensions Of Early Childhood, 44(3), 12-19
Laureate Education, Inc. (2011). Strategies for working with diverse
children: Thinking deeply about diversity and inequity. Baltimore, MD: Author