The first deeply felt learning that I will take with me from this program is the implications of play. Although i knew the importance of it before beginning this course, this helped me to see the implications of play in academic achievement. Teachers who facilitate healthy play in the early childhood classroom provide an ideal means of integrating social, emotional, and intellectual growth.
Another deeply felt learning I experienced through this program was a better understanding of communication including non-verbal communications. Eye contact is a specific form of communication that came up that I use daily in my classroom as well as teach to my students. I used to feel that this type of non-verval communication was more of a “respect” thing but through this course I learned that there are six different functions of eye contact and they range from influencing attitude to expressing emotions and some are things you use and some are things you teach.
One final thing that I have learned through this program that I will carry with me is the many things I learned about myself through learning about anti-bias education. The better you know yourself, the better you can understand your own responses to the children and families you work with. We all have learned biases and those biases act as filters keeping us from accurately seeing who we are and what is happening in front of us.
My long term goal for my career in the field of Early Childhood Education is to do my part to create an environment of anti-bias for all children. Understanding and respecting the social identities of my students and their families will help me to create a caring community of learners. It is my hope that the children’s daily interactions with their teachers and classmates will encourage acceptance and respect.
I want to thank each of you for your guidance and support through this program. Many of you have contributed to my education here at Walden University Your perspectives and experiences have really helped me to think deeper about my own goals and perspectives. I have learned so much from this program and the instructors that I will use as I continue my career in the field as well as in my future professional development. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors and I hope to hear from you via my blog- I would love to hear how you are using the wealth of knowledge we have learned over these ten courses!