Honestly, one of my biggest hopes is to continue down the path of self-reflection in order to be a better teacher. I have always been able to look inward and notice my biases, but changing those biases is where the difficulties lye. I want to be able to use what I have learned through my coursework in order to better myself as an educator. I believe there is no such thing as a bad child, but I often find myself frustrated or stuck when dealing with a problem behavior. I think anti-bias curriculum and diversity can help me to see these difficulties differently. I am able to view each child as a diverse, remarkable human being.
One goal that I would love to set for the early childhood field is better diversity training for all educators. I know many states do not even require formal education in order to work with children, and I know there are children out there who are not in supportive environments when it comes to emotional development, confidence, and empowerment. I feel that all children deserve teachers who are well trained and committed to promoting confidence, positive social identities, and family pride.
I am truly thankful for my coursework here at Walden and for my colleagues, who have taken this journey with me, provided “aha” moments, and inspired me to do better. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.