One hope that I have when I think about working with children and families that come from diverse backgrounds is that I can make a difference and be helpful to them. I want them to feel comfortable around me, I want them to know that they can talk to me and confide in me, I want them to feel accepted, cared about, and loved. I want them to recognize that I will teach in a diverse classroom and that I don't look down upon diversity, that I feel it's important my students know about it and that I plan to incorporate diversity into my classroom and lesson plans/curriculum. I want my students and families to know that I understand culture, enjoy learning about it and that I plan on benefiting from each individuals cultural strengths and perspectives.
One goal that I would like to set for the early childhood field related to issues of diversity, equity, and social justice is to provide a safe, secure, and comfortable atmosphere for my students and families; to teach my students that diversity is encouraged and welcome in our classroom. I want my students to know how important diversity is and I want to openly and freely speak about diversity in my classroom. I want it to be a topic we discuss often; I think it's important.
I just want to thank my colleagues for taking the time to read my discussions, blogs, and assignments and for allowing me to read yours. I have learned so much from all of you and I look forward to the few classes I have left here at Walden University and look forward to getting closer to the finish line. Thank you again my friends, I have enjoyed reading your blogs and discussions and I hope you have enjoyed mine as well! Best of luck in all your future classes!!