I have added so much to my anti-bias journey throughout this class. Each class has helped me grow closer to my goal of being a true anti-bias educator. My greatest hope is that I never lose sight of the fact “all children need respectful teachers who know how to foster their competency, strengths, and modes of interactions with the world (Derman-Sparks & Edwards, 2010) .” It is my responsibility to support and challenge all children and to help them develop the best of themselves. To do this I must remember, “It is not that we are different that cause the problem it is that we are treated badly because or these differences (Laureate, 2011).” I will support children’s ability to stand up for themselves and others.
Thank you to all for sharing your knowledge and stories with me. You have helped me grow and develop into the anti-bias teacher I desire to be. Thank you to all who have visited and read my blog posts. I have enjoyed reading and growing from you comments and questions. I look forward to continuing this journey through early childhood development together. It is so powerful to see our network of support growing. We must remember we will not always have the answers, we may not always have the confidence, and we will make mistakes, but we must act in the best interest of children regardless.
Derman-Sparks, L., & Olsen Edwards, J. (2010). Anti-bias education for young children and ourselves. Washington, DC: NAEYC.
Laureate Education, Inc. (2011). Strategies for working with diverse children: Your commitment to anti-bias work. Baltimore, MD: Author