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Exploring Roles in the Early Childhood Education Community: Local and State Levels

At least three local or state organizations or communities of practice that appealed to you, and explain why you chose them.

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  1. Arizona Early Childhood Education Association. Retrieved from http://azece.org.

Mission: “To represent private, licensed child care centers statewide and to promote affordable, quality early care and education that meets the needs of Arizona’s families and children”(AECEA.2018). I chose this website because I am passionate about working with young children and their families. I believe in providing high quality care to ALL young children. I value their mission statement and support what it stands for.

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  1. Arizona Association of Young Children, AZAEYC. Retrieved from https://www.azaeyc.org.

I chose this website because they are a part of the NAEYC Arizona branch. NAEYC stands for principals and ethics that are dear to my heart. I valued their statement: “We believe that all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. We promote high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research” (AZAEYC, 2018). As I have worked in the early childhood field in Arizona I have seen these words in action in the classroom.

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  1. Arizona Department of Education “Comprehensive Needs Assessment and Integrated Action Plan for all Title 1 Schools,” Retrieved from azed.gov/cna. I chose this website because of their beliefs and principles. I valued what they represent.

“Six Principles of Effective Schools

Principle 1: Effective Leadership

Principle 2: Effective Teachers and Instruction

Principle 3: Effective Organization of Time

Principle 4: Effective Curriculum

Principle 5: Conditions, Climate and Culture

Principle 6: Family and Community Engagement” (Arizona Department of Education, 2018).

As an early childhood educator I feel passionate about each of these principles and their importance in the early childhood classroom.

Different types of job opportunities in the early childhood field that interest me. Skills and experience that I would need to competently fulfill each of these roles.

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  • Early Childhood Inclusion Coach-Special Education 2018-2019, Phoenix AZ

“The Inclusion Coach will provide onsite consultation and coaching to increase the capacity of early education programs to include and serve young children with special health and/or developmental needs as part of a quality improvement team. To promote effective inclusive practices, the comprehensive model of service delivery provides on-going professional development, on-site technical assistance, and a variety of staff supports based on the needs of each childcare or preschool program on the coach’s caseload” (Early Childhood Educator Jobs, 2018).

Qualifications:

“Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or related field and minimum two years experience in Early Intervention or Early Childhood Special Education required” (Early Childhood Educator Jobs, 2018).

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  • Certified Teacher Kindergarten 2018-2019 School Year Phoenix AZ

“To assure that all students learn the basic and essential skills at each grade level” (Early Childhood Educator Jobs, 2018).

QUALIFICATIONS:

“Current Arizona Elementary Certificate with Early Childhood Endorsement or Early Childhood Certificate.  Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of State and National Standards” (Early Childhood Educator Jobs, 2018).

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  • Teacher Developmental Preschool Adjunct Instructor Early Childhood Education 2018-2019 Phoenix AZ

“Performs a variety of specialized duties related to the care and education of young children and the training of college students in the Child Development Center and affiliated programs” (Early Childhood Educator Jobs, 2018).

Would assists in mentoring of college students assigned to the Child Development Center.

Qualifications:

“Associates of Arts/Science Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or related field from an accredited college or university. Six (6) units of coursework in administration and supervision of Child Development programs and three (3) units of coursework in Infant /Toddler. Valid Child Development Master Teacher Permit Current Pediatric CPR, first aid and documented training in health practices as required by Title 22” (Early Childhood Educator Jobs, 2018).

Hello fellow colleagues,

I am excited to share the websites I found this week on local or state organizations or communities of practice that appealed to me from the state of Arizona where I live. I hope you have the opportunity to check them out. They were all amazing. Isn’t being an early childhood educator rewarding?  Have a marvelous week!

Tammy

References

Arizona Early Childhood Education Association, AZAEYC. (2018). Retrieved from

http://azece.org.

Arizona Association of Young Children, AZAEYC. (2018). Retrieved from

https://www.azaeyc.org

Arizona Department of Education. (2018). Comprehensive Needs Assessment and 

Integrated Action Plan for all Title 1 Schools, Retrieved from

http://www.azed.gov/cna.

Early Childhood Educator Jobs, (2018) Retrieved from

https://www.google.com/search?q=jobs+for+early+childhood+educators.

 

 

Team Building and Collaboration

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As I think about the five stages of team development I have been blessed this year to have a wonderful group of people on the team I work with. We will complete our time together on May 16, 2018 and then I will go on to a different job teaching Kindergarten this fall. The adjourning of this group will be sad however; I will take so much with me to help me in my new job. Because we did hit the performing stage which consists of working together daily as a team we strengthened our relationships that were built on trust and respect. I know that during the adjourning stage we will continue to stay in touch and let each other know how we are doing (Abidi, 2010).

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Another team was a part of was my daycare business and the wonderful staff and families I worked with. These fellow colleagues became more then colleagues they became like family to me. I worked with many of them throughout the 16 years that I owned and operated my business. We had weekly team meetings and daily updates on the families and children. My staff came to me when they needed assistance or were concerned about something. We worked together to stay focused on our families and make sure we were providing the recourses and services they needed. We did have our disagreements however; with the forming stage where we had developed a trusting and respectful relationship the norming stage was used to work together on the disagreements and to come out on top of the situation. The adjourning stage which consisted of good-byes was hard however; the family relationships that were gained are still very special to me. I continue to hear from my families I worked with and have even been invited to weddings and graduations. My fellow colleagues have stayed in touch and I love to hear about their children and grandchildren. Before we closed we had a big celebration to look back at the wonderful experiences we shared with one another. It was a great day and my staff, families and children were a part of this celebration. Tears were exchanged yet they were tears of joy and happiness. I will never forget the fun we had together (Abidi, 2010)

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As I began my journey towards my Master’s Degree here at Walden University I looked forward to working towards building trusting supportive relationships with my fellow colleagues. Each class has been a marvelous experience of learning and growing with my fellow colleagues because each of us brings a unique background that brings diverse insight and experience that each of us can gain from. I believe we each have a common goal of wanting to be knowledgeable early childhood educators who have a passion for working with families and children. As we part and go our separate ways our adjourning will be a step towards each of our goals to be the early childhood educators we set out to become. Our knowledge and experience we have gained from one another will away be remembered. We may not stay in touch however we will have celebrated together throughout our journey and the trust and respect we gained for one another will be a part of us in our future endeavors. I value each of you and I am so grateful for the trust and support each of you has given to me. I look forward to completing this course with each of you and finishing our journey together. (Abidi, 2010).
Have a fantastic week!
Tammy

Reference
           Abidi, G.(2010). The five stages of team development: A case study. Retrieved fromhttp://www.
               Projectsmart.co.uk/the-five-stages-of –team-development-a-case-study.html.

Nonviolent Communication and Conflict Management

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As I first thought about a disagreement or conflict I had recently experienced at work with a fellow colleague I remembered last year when I was first put in a new classroom and had an associate teacher to work with. At first she was extremely negative and I had the feeling that she didn’t feel she could trust or respect me. So the first thing I did as we have discussed this week in our class is showered her with kindness and positive responses to her questions. I continued to do this the whole six months I worked with her and by the third month she confided in me that the teacher she had been with before worked to have her fired so she was afraid that I would do the same to her. I assured her that I thought she was wonderful with the children and that I respected her decisions and how she worked with the parents and children. After we had this conversation she continued to be skeptical of me and wanted to make sure I wasn’t lying to her. However; as the year progressed she softened and the families even noticed the difference. I have since moved to Arizona and we still stay in touch she even gave me a wonderful reference for the job I was just recently hired on to for this fall. It isn’t always easy to stay positive in the workplace when there is someone that is negative yet it is worth the commitment to try and keep a positive climate even though a negative one is felt every day in the classroom.

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As you can see in the picture we as teachers have a great deal on our plate and it is easy to become frustrated and overreact. So one of the strategies I could use in this situation are NYC model which is when I foster my communication using my empathetic listening skills and focusing on the deeper needs of those I am listening to instead of reacting with judgment. This in-turn creates a compassionate communication that connects with the needs of others. I believe this is the interconnection I want to use in my interaction with people in my everyday life as well as in my classroom.

 

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I have known about the 3’Rs communication model since I started my degree towards my Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood so I have used this model as a reminder of how I can treat my families and coworkers with as the 3R’s. We learn that when we respect each other, and respond with compassion and empathy, our relationships become more meaningful and our respect for one another increases. I love the quote that Megda Gerber who wrote the 3R’s states “Having respect for the world is when you allow people to be what they are” (Gerber, 2018). I know that is how I would like to be treated so why wouldn’t I want to treat others the same way?

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When I talk with my students as they are faced with conflict I first ask them to take a deep breath with me and then release it. Then I ask them how they felt about what happened, and then I ask them how they would want to be treated if they had created the conflict with the other person? It always makes me smile in my heart when the child is upset when he/she first comes to me yet after he/she thinks about how they would want to be treated if they created the conflict they want to be treated fairly and they want to continue to be friends. This in-turn is how nonviolent communication skills come into practice. “These skills emphasize personal responsibility for our actions and the choices we make when we respond to others, as well as how to contribute to relationships based in cooperation and collaboration”(CNVC, 2018).

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As I continue to gain knowledge in this course and learn how to communicate more effectively with the people I associate with I will continue to use the “NVC model”(CNVC, 2018) as well as the”3R’s” (Gerber, 2018) when disagreements or conflicts come my way. Have a marvelous week!

Tammy

References

The Center for Nonviolent Communication, CNVC. (2018). Foundations of NVC. Retrieved from http://www.cnvc.org.

Gerber, M., (2018). Blog Finding your Passion for Parenting. Megda Gerber 

seeing babies with New Eyes, Retrieved from https://www.magdagerber.org.

 

Who am I as a Communicator?

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This week was an eye opener into the ways I communicate. I never had really thought about how I communicated, only that I communicated. As I took the communication measures assessments I learned a great deal about myself however; when my son and husband did the same communication measure profile about me I was even more impressed that my profile was close to the same scores as my husband and sons were about me. In our reading this week “this competent communication model not only includes feedback, but also it shows communication as an ongoing, transactional process:” (O’Hair, Wiemann, Mullin, & Teven,  2015, p. 21).

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In the listening styles profile assessment I scored highest in people-oriented because I am a empathetic and supportive listener. My son and my husband agreed on this assessment however I learned that being a people-oriented listener does have its draw backs. Even though I am supportive and empathetic to my listeners I also can too trust which can interfere in the judgment I make about others (Rubin, Rubin, Graham, Perse, & Seibold, 2009).

 

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In the verbal aggressiveness scale assessment I scored lowest in never engaging in verbal aggressiveness toward a person even though I want to sway them to my point of view. This can have its drawbacks because I may back down instead of trying to embark on a logical conversation. My son and husband were both agreeable on this assessment (Rubin, Palmgreen, & Sypher, 2009).

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The third assessment was the communication anxiety inventory. I learned through this assessment that I have a high score in having anxiety in most areas of communication which can take away from how I influence others in my everyday communication. My husband and son were in agreement to this assessment (Rubin, Palmgreen, & Sypher, 2009).

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As I have had the chance to go over these results and understand my communication assessments I believe that I have some important tools to help me to communicate better with the people around me. I am not perfect in my communication skills and I have so much to learn however; I believe that I will never know everything and I live each day knowing that I can expand my knowledge and learn something new. I look forward to continuing on my journey towards being a better communicator. Because my everyday life evolves on communication and I would never want to offend someone by something that I say or imply. Have a marvelous week!

Tammy

References

O’Hair, D., Wiemann, M., Mullin, D. I., & Teven, J. (2015). Real communication.

Perceiving the Self and Others, (2). 45-62.

Rubin, R. B., Palmgreen, P., & Sypher, H. E., (2009). Communication research

            measures: A sourcebook. Communication Anxiety Inventory, New York:

Routledge.

Rubin, R. B., Palmgreen, P., & Sypher, H. E., (2009). Communication research

            measures: A sourcebook. Verbal Aggressive Scale, New York:

Routledge.

Rubin, R. B., Rubin, A. M., Graham, E. E., Perse, E. M., & Seibold, D. R., (2009).

Communication research measures II: A sourcebook. Listening Styles Profile-

16,New York: Routledge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communication and Culture

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I have the wonderful opportunity to work with families from different cultures. With my Spanish speaking families I communicate more using non-verbal language and symbols whereas with my English speaking families I communicate in English. I also have a families from India that do speak  mostly English and treat teachers with the utmost respect. Each family is unique and I enjoy working with each of them.

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The first strategy I could use to communicate more effectively with my families is to evaluate the situation before I start communicating with my family. Maybe mom is having a stressful day and could use a good listening ear. Or dad may have been running late to come and pick up David and he is frustrated because he knows he should have been to school to pick up David by now and he knows that he is going to have to sign the late report and explain why he is late. If I pause and access the situation before beginning my conversation I could see the stress and frustrations the parent is feeling and then begin my communication with a non-verbal response of a deep breath and relaxing. Then I could start my conversation by saying that it is wonderful to see mom or dad and I appreciate him or her coming in and picking up their child. Then I could just pause and let them take the next step in the communication process (O’Hair, Wiemann, Mullin, & Teven, 2015, p. 40).

 

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The second strategy I could use to communicate more effectively with my families is to think beyond what I first see. An example would be Antonio and his mother comes to school soaking wet from the rain. Mom has no umbrella and Antonio has no clean clothes. Instead of forming an opinion and telling mom that Antonio must go home because he has no clean clothes to change into. I focus on the fact that both mom and son are soaking wet and cold so I offer them a towel and have them sit down and I call my manager and ask her or him to bring in some blankets so the mother and son can get warm and he or she offers to take mom home to get clean clothes for her son and so mom can change. Come to find out mom and son had been at the hospital all night with dad and they walked from the hospital to bring Antonio to school and it started to rain and mom wasn’t prepared with an umbrella because all she could think about was if dad was going to be OK (O’Hair, et al., 2015).

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The third strategy I could use to communicate more effectively with my families is to Question and not assume that I know what my families culture or beliefs are. I know my culture however; even different cultures are unique and one family might believe one way and another believes another way. So even  if I have had one family from Japan in my classroom that doesn’t mean that another family from Japan believes the same or that they speak the same language. Last year I had a family from Africa in my class. Dad spoke three languages and mom spoke two languages. The child was three and spoke English well. He still understood his parents language however; I never heard him speak in his native language. I made the mistake of preparing for the child’s arrival by writing the child’s name on the cubby. When mom and dad arrived they were offended because in Africa where they came from children went by their middle name and not their first name.  Of course I couldn’t understand their language yet I could understand their non-verbal language and I knew I had upset them. When the translator arrived they explained the situation to me and I corrected the problem immediately. I felt bad because I hadn’t meet them before the first day of school and so I went ahead and created the child’s name so they could feel a part of the class. I learned from this scenario that I wait until I meet the family to create the child’s name for the classroom. It is important that I don’t assume I talk to the family to learn about their beliefs and culture not what I perceive (O’Hair, et al., 2015).

Have a marvelous week!

Tammy

 

References

O’Hair, D., Wiemann, M., Mullin, D. I., & Teven, J. (2015). Perceiving the Self

           and Others. Real communication, (2) 41-45.

 

 

 

 

Language, Nonverbal, Listening

This week I watched “Baby Daddies” on Netflix to complete this blog assignment. I watched it first without sound which wasn’t as easy to understand as watching it with sound. In the TV program there were three men who I was under the impression that they were roommates and a baby was left at their door. Their expressions showed how shocked they were and they seemed unsure of what to do. So one of the men brought the baby into the apartment and found a letter in the car seat with the baby. As the man started reading the letter he handed it to another man which I assumed was the daddy because his face was showing a stunned expression. He was unwilling to pick u[ the baby and handed the car seat to the shorter man. He then opened the door and a girl came in and hugged him. He seemed surprised to see her however; he encouraged her to stay and gave her the baby. At first she shook her head no and then she took the baby and changed her and from the body language she gave two of the men went to the store to buy supplies for the baby while the other stayed and helped her with the baby. The guys at the store were searching the aisles for baby food and other supplies. The one man started trying the baby food. There was a African American lady who was in the baby isle who handed them a bunch of baby supplies. They purchased them and went back to the apartment. The interaction seemed funny and the men had no idea how to take care of a baby (Netflix, 2018).

After watching the TV show without the sound I re-watched it with the sound and it made more since the second time I watched it. Two of the men were brothers and the other one was a friend and roommate. I think he was Korean however; I could be wrong. He was the most familiar with babies and was the most willing to take care of the baby. One of the brothers was tall and the other was medium height. The medium height guy was the father. He decided to give up his rights for the child and told his mother this news. Mom agreed and supported him in this decision. However; the taller brother could since that he really didn’t want to give up the baby he was just afraid that he couldn’t do a good job. So when he medium height brother was left alone with the baby he wouldn’t pick up the baby so he called his brother, his girlfriend, and his friend to come home and take care of the baby. When the brother arrived he heard his brother talking to the baby and he decided to leave him alone so he could bond with the baby. The girlfriend arrived and the brother told her to not go in and let the brother bond with the baby. So she stayed with the other brother in the hall and listened to the interaction between the baby and the dad. The other roommate arrived and also was informed to allow the brother to bond with his little girl and he to stayed in the hall and listened to the communication between the father and his daughter. They all ended up falling asleep and sleeping until morning in the hall. They then went into the apartment to find daddy and daughter happy and well. The dad decided to keep the baby and the three men became baby daddies. This was a cute TV sitcom that I had never watched before. The interaction was comical and heartwarming. The “aha” moment would be when the brother, roommate, and the girlfriend came into the apartment in the morning and found the other guy happy and willing to take on the role as dad to his daughter (Netflix, 2018).

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This was a fun assignment that taught me so much about body language and nonverbal communication. You really have to be focused on the people you are watching to truly get an accurate picture of what is going on. Have a marvelous week!

Tammy

References

           Netflix,  (2018). Baby Daddies, Retrieved from Netflix.com.

 

What is Communication?

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When I think of communication I think about my husband Jim. My husband is an awesome communicator who taught me and my children how to communicate with one another. When I first meet my husband I was extremely shy and had a rough time talking and sharing my feelings. My husband on the other hand was an outgoing, confident, individual who enjoyed talking and laughing and having fun. When I first met him I steered clear of him because I thought he was too outgoing and he intimidated me. However, the more I watched him with other people the more I wanted to get to know him better. I am so glad I did because we have been happily married for 37 years and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without his support and his outgoing personality.

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One thing that brought my family closer together was having family dinners together. I still remember the fun we would have at family dinner time. We would talk about each-others day and have family discussions about anything that needed to be discussed. However; the best part was the love and joy that was felt as we spent time together. I am so grateful to my husband who went out of his way to make sure he was home each night for family dinner. Our children who are now grown have family dinners together because of the impact family dinners had on them during their growing up years.

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As I continue my work as an early childhood educator I enjoy reminiscing and talking about the experiences I had with my own children around the family table and it brings me great joy to know that my students are receiving the experience of family dining in the classroom. I love to hear my families talk about the fun their children have communicating at family dining at school as we eat. I encourage my students to talk about what they did at home or what they plan to do at home and it gives me the opportunity to hear what their interests are at home and how their family spends time together. I also value hearing stories from my families as they tell me about how they spend time with their own family around the table because of their children’s experience at school during family dining. Have a fantastic week!

Tammy

Professional Hopes and Goals

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I believe that we are all unique individuals who bring unique characteristics that help make a better world and  I hope that we can stand together as early childhood educators, families and children from diverse cultures and make this world a better place.

“We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity life would be very boring.”

— Catherine Pulsifer

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As I think of the statement “the passion comes from the vision” our passion isn’t something we just decide that we have, we actually have to work toward this passion. Working and advocating for my children and families gives me the passion to help them to succeed.  My goal related to the early childhood field is that with support of fellow colleagues and other early childhood educators I can develop that optimism and a vision that diversity, equality, and social justice is going to get better.

 

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I want to thank my fellow colleagues at Walden University for your support and wonderful insight you have given me this semester. You are all AWESOME and I am so happy to have each of you to support me on this journey towards my Masters Degree. Have a marvelous holiday season and I look forward to continuing on our path together in the New Year!

Tammy

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Welcoming Families From Around the World

 

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I chose my Family’s country of origin to be China.

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The first way I will prepare myself culturally for my family from China is I went online and studied about Chinese Culture. I found out that the Family is the cornerstone of the Chinese culture. Having several generations under one roof is common. The head of the family is the oldest relative living in the home.

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I learned that having more than one child isn’t as stringent as it used to be, however most parents still chose not to have more than 2 children.

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The second way I will prepare myself is I will learn some simple words in Chinese so I can say simple words to my student and their family.

家庭 – Family

你好吗?- How are you?

你叫什么名字?- What is your name?

 I think the creativity and beauty of this language is amazing.

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The third way I will prepare myself is to learn about Chinese holidays and traditions in China such as the Chinese New Year which is of great significance to the families  and is celebrated with parades, food, and many other festivities.

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The fourth way I will prepare myself is to learn about schools and China and how they teach their children compared to the ways we teach our children here in the United States.

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The fifth way I will prepare myself is to learn about different activities the families do together in China so I can be supportive and encourage them to participate in activities that we offer in the school and the community.

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As I prepare myself for this new family from China I hope to create a cultural classroom where the family feels a since of trust, support, and belonging. I want them to know that I am here to support them and their child and want them to feel free to share their culture, and language with the other children in our class.

Have a marvelous week!

Tammy

The Personal Side of Bias, Prejudice, and Depression

 

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What memory do you have of an incident when you experienced bias, prejudice, and/or oppression, or witnessed someone else as the target of bias, prejudice, and/or oppression?

When I was 7 years old I wanted to have my best friend over for my birthday. I was so excited to have her come and see my dolls and share my birthday. When she arrived my father made a big deal of it and sent her home because she was African American and my father didn’t want her staying in our house. I felt horrible and wanted to go curl up in a ball in the closet and never come out. My friend didn’t understand why she couldn’t spend the night however her mother did and she said we couldn’t be friends anymore. My father told me I wasn’t ever to talk to her or anyone of her kind again and the next day our house was on the market. We sold our house a month later and moved to the suburbs where at the time very few African Americans lived. My father was very prejudiced however; I never really understood it until my 7th birthday. I promised myself that I would never belittle anyone because of what color skin they were or what language they spoke. I didn’t what to give up my friendship however; I didn’t have a choice and neither did my friend.

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In what way(s) did the specific bias, prejudice and/or oppression in that incident diminish equity?

I no longer was allowed to be friends with anyone different that I was. AT the time I I had no idea that there was a difference between my color skin and other peoples color until that incident. Was eyes were opened and it was frightening to me to realize that such prejudice excised in this world. Even though I was young at the time that incident has been a memory that has never erased and when I was married and started having my own children I had a long talk with my future husband to make sure he wasn’t prejudiced and was willing to teach our children that it didn’t matter what color our skin was or what language we spoke, everyone is unique and we accept them as they are.

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What feelings did this incident bring up for you?

I was sad and frustrated because my friend and I could no longer be friends yet I couldn’t understand why we couldn’t be friends. My parents didn’t really go into detail of why we couldn’t stay friends, just that we couldn’t stay friends because that was the way it was. What made it right? Why were we made different if we weren’t supposed to get along with one another? Of course I was born in the 60’s when life was so different yet that didn’t make it right. I am not perfect and I say the wrong thing sometimes that upsets people however; I strive to try harder and learn from my mistakes.

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What and/or who would have to change in order to turn this incident into an opportunity for greater equity?

In the society we live in we have the opportunity to change our thinking towards one another. There is still a great deal of prejudice in this world and those that are feeling it the most are the ones that need our trust and support the most. We can make a difference when we learn more about diversity and why everyone is unique individuals. Our world would be so boring if we were all the same. I am grateful for whom I am and the unique qualities I bring to society. I also am grateful that my husband and I are complete opposites because it brings joy and laughter into our home.

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Have a marvelous week!

Tammy