It is part of our job to be responsive to each child and family, regardless of their culture or country of origin, however we often struggle with what we don’t understand or can’t relate to. It is for that reason, in a hypothetical situation where I, as the Director of a Child Care center would […]Read more "Welcoming Families from Around the World"
Recently, in one of the assignments I completed for my Masters course, we were asked to reflect on some questions regarding different bias’ and “-isms” such as racism, sexism, and heterosexual-ism. One experience that I would like to share for the purpose of this blog post is one that I experienced and was witness to […]Read more "The surprise of bias"
This week, while examining an experience of observed microaggression (brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people’s differences/races/preferences), I was easily able to pinpoint one I wish to highlight for you. I have a family that joined us […]Read more "Microaggression in Early Childhood"
Consider this: A major catastrophe has almost completely devastated the infrastructure of your country. The emergency government has decided that the surviving citizens will be best served if they are evacuated to other countries willing to take refugees. You and your immediate family are among the survivors of this catastrophic event. However, you have absolutely […]Read more "My Three Items"
Using European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) as a guide, here are a number of current ECE Research issues that are internationally valuable. Reliability of classroom measures The reliability and structure of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System in German pre-school Free choice and free play Choice-driven peer play, self-regulation and number sense Social justice […]Read more "Current International Research in ECE"
Post at least three consequences of learning about the international early childhood field for your professional and personal development (any format, any length This semester in my ECE studies I was afforded the opportunity to make connections to professionals internationally. I found that it really wasn’t very easy to establish reciprocal relationships with the professionals […]Read more "International Contact Reflection"
Throughout my experience trying to reach out to international contacts, I have had brief exchanges with many people and professionals who live or have experienced the Reggio Emelia approach first hand. Reggio Emelia is actually a place you can go and visit. Reggio Emelia is a very proud community full of history, art and bicycles. […]Read more "Connecting with Reggio Emelia"
Education and the interplay with poverty and opportunity is a huge global issue. It is particularly an issue for young women worldwide where in many cultures across the world, their education is sidelined, identified as less important, opportunities are not available, or it is not feasible for the family to lose it’s caregivers. The infographic […]Read more "World Issues in Education: Poverty and Girls Education"
I’d like to take some time to share some assumptions we can have about other countries and their educational systems found from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. It stands out most to me that, in education, so many times assumptions are made, and comparisons drawn and these assumptions and comparisons take on their […]Read more "Assessment Assumptions – World View"
Considering the customs and traditions in other countries regarding any topic is usually quite interesting. It is always important to remember how other people see and celebrate things, interpret life and look at the world. It can sometimes be so vastly different from what we know and experience that it is humbling. Birth in other […]Read more "Birth Customs Around the World"