Module 9 Outcome C: Student can identify strategies for providing an inclusive and respectful environment for all children and families.
Recommended Video: What Can We Do?, Welcoming Schools, A project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation
Synopsis: The 12-minute training film What Can We Do? Bias, Bullying, and Bystanders spotlights experienced teachers engaging students with HRC Welcoming Schools lesson plans on bias, bullying and standing up for each other to create a more connected classroom community.
Discussion Guide & Lesson Plan to Accompany Video
As a school-age care provider, the environment that you cultivate can have a significant impact on the experience of the children in your care, and their families. It is important to be intentional when planning to ensure that all can feel welcome and respected.
A key strategy for showing respect is to recognize that children and their parents are experts about themselves. It can be difficult not to make assumptions, or even to recognize when we are making assumptions about people. As humans, we filter new experiences through our previous experiences or beliefs. But every child you meet will be unique.
This means that you are both asking and sharing, with a genuine openness to perspectives and values that differ from your own.
Have conversations about differences and consider those differences in a positive light when discussing.
Do the pictures represent people of multiple cultures, races, ages, abilities, and genders in non-stereotypic ways? Are all of the children’s languages represented in written materials? Are there items in play areas that are reflective of items that children have in their own homes?
Do you convey higher expectations of some, and lower expectations of others, based on surface characteristics? Do you make assumptions about the experiences that different children will enjoy based on their race or gender? Do you ask individuals to speak for their entire cultural group?
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