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Competent Communication

Competent Communication
There are a lot of people that I engage with on a daily basis that I have look up to for effective communication techniques, but the two that stand out to me the most are my mom and my dad. When communicating, my mom gets her point across and means what she says. She does not let anything back her down and she will fight to the end for her cause. She is also constantly asking questions to assure that everything aligns with what you said and how you said it. This is why I want to model the behaviors of my mom because she says what she has to say with meaning and pride. She also lets nothing detour her from her believes and what is right. My dad on the other hand is humble and willing to listen. Sometimes, he do not even put up a fight for some causes and just let bygones be bygones. I want this same mentality to a certain extent. I want to remain humble during communication while still getting my point across. When you are humble people are more open to respectin…

Professional Hopes and Goals

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Professional Hopes and Goals


MY HOPES The most important hope that I have for working with children and families are that I am able to make a difference in their lives. When a student of a different culture enters my classroom, I want them to leave knowing that I cared about them and I respected them as a student as well as their diversity. When you show children who are diverse that you care and you are willing to learn about their culture and home life, it allows them to open up more and build their confidence. Many Americans do not approve of diversity, but as educators it is our duty to put children and families first and show them how important they are and that they are able to accomplish all things just as any other American.

My Goal The one goal that I have as an ECE professional is that I make all who are victims of diversity to feel that they can trust me, and also see me as a confidant. I have reached this goal to a certain extent with my current parents. As previously stated, …

Welcoming Families From Around the World

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Welcoming Families From Around the World

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Country of Origin
While working in the Child Development Center, a new student joined our four year old class. The student who has just arrived in my class is from the country of Morocco which is located in Africa. 

5 Ways to be Culturally Responsive
The first way I will be culturally responsive is to learn all I can about the country, especially the culture so I can know what to do and what not to do.     2. Along with the American culture, I will also expose the students to the culture of                     Morocco so that the student will not feel excluded.
     3. I will incorporate the Moroccan culture into learning areas around the classroom such             as reading, dramatic play, and science.
     4. I will have a show-n-tell day where each child can share something about their culture           and heritage, this way the student can explain to us more about where she is from. 
     5. Finally, I will have a Moroccan day so tha…

The Personal Side of Bias, Prejudice, and Oppression

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The Personal Side of Bias, Prejudice, and Oppression



The most prominent memory of me witnessing bias and prejudice is in the movies and shows that depict slavery and any other injustice done to African-Americans. Most times as I watch how the slaves and African-Americans were treated in the 1800's and early 1900's it brings tears to my eyes, because it makes you think , what could they have done so wrong to deserve the hate they were given. It was the same for Jesus, he was beaten, spit on, and everything else and he had done nothing wrong. The same goes for Blacks, even the dogs got treated better then they did and all because of the color of their skin. 

When the dominant culture used and abused Blacks it diminished equity in a major way because we were not allowed to do what they do. For example, Blacks had a school and Whites had a school. Whites had a water fountain, Blacks had a water fountain. Their biases caused for segregation in the United States, and it now seems as t…

Awareness of Microaggressions

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Awareness of Microaggressions




A microaggression that I witnessed was the statement that Trump made a few months ago regarding the football players and the national anthem. The statement that he made was "when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!" This was a form of microaggression because he indirectly speaks of African-Americans. The NFL is 80% black so of course everyone knows that he is speaking of the Blacks. The context in which the microaggression occurred was during a rally in Alabama where he was in front of a crowd of older white republicans, who are also conservatives. This of course excited them because they too felt the same way. When I heard what Trump said about the football players, and their kneeling during the anthem, it made me angry because the "President" who suppose to be for all Americans, only cater and focuses to one certain population, and of course it is not th…

Perspectives on Diversity and Culture

 Perspectives on Diversity and Culture
The three colleagues/friends that I talked to about culture and diversity all had the same opinionated definition. To sum it up, they stated that to them culture is the way that people behave according to the rules of their heritage. When it came to diversity they all had slightly different opinions. One stated that diversity means to them that a person is different according to race, religion, language, etc. She also mentioned that because of diversity, we are able to recognize other cultures and learn more about them. Another colleague said that diversity to her is standing out from the crowd and letting your differences be known. She says that she loves the diversity in her class room because it makes her aware of the cultures of her students and how things are done in their homeland. 
Based upon what I have studied so far, the only thing that I can relate to with my colleagues are that culture is a set of rules that govern what we do and how we…

My Family Culture

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My Family Culture 

The images above are snippets of my family culture. 
    If I were told that I had to permanently leave my home country the three items that I will bring with me to cherish my family culture would be family portraits to cherish the memories, our family pet because in our American culture, pets are treated as people and we love them as we would our own kids. Lastly I would bring my family recipes so that I am able to keep the traditions alive as if I were home.      I would explain to others what the traditions mean to me by inviting them over to get to know my culture and also to give them experience through food, and singing. I would also show them through pictures how my family does things in our culture.     If I were told that I am able to keep only one of my three items I would choose to keep my pictures. Once lost they can never be replaces, especially those that hold values and traditions. All other can be replaced, but not pictures, especially those that are nea…