Wow is the first word that cones to mind when I reflect on this course. From the first assignment I knew I would enjoy this class simply because the discussions were really interesting. My biggest take away from this semester is that in order for me to effectively do my job I have to get to know myself and be willing to accept how my early experiences have influenced me.
I especially enjoyed the Derman-Sparks & Edwards text and the study on anti-bias curriculum. There were many points including microaggressions which were eyeopeners. I also learned how the simple off hand comments of a trusted adult could affect a child.
In the major project assignment I enjoyed learning about my topic, family and community violence. As I may have mentioned this was a new topic of study for me. I typically study professional development and teacher participation. Studying this topic was interesting because I looked at it with fresh eyes. I also got the opportunity to speak with 2 individuals affected by violence. The work was well worth the time put into helping me learn to better do my job. I look forward to continuing to learn and share insights with my staff.
My final thoughts, I enjoyed this course even though there was a ton of work. I also learned more about my upbringing and how it affects the children and families I work with. The topics made for great workplace discussions and I think this is one of those courses I will reflect back on.
Thank you to all my colleagues for your openness and honesty shared throughout the class.