Episode of a Television Show

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This is the show I watched with no sound. It was very had for me to follow because I have never watch law and order before. Yet I assumed I was picking up on some of the nonverbal clues. For example, when the characters showed signs of approval and disapproval. It was very hard for me to follow because there where more than four or five main characters in the pot at one time. Also looking at the scene it was very hard to figure out what was going on because it was a crime scene and its mystery show.

This is a show that I watch all the time, I could watch the show with no sound because of two reasons one is because 50% of the show communication is done verbally and 50% is nonverbal.  The characters sign and use many facial expressions to communicate their thoughts.  The next reason is that I have followed this show and have learned each characters personalities and gestures.

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Competent Communication

Over time researching  competent /respectful/effective communication, I found there were five main factors of competent communicators:

  •  self- awareness -being aware of your own communication style

  • adaptability -is the ability to adapt your communication to the environment you’re in.

  • empathy -means that you communicate and listen with another person while putting yourself in that person’s shoes

  • cognitive complexity- is the understanding that another’s communication style can have multiple sources.

  •  ethics- means to communicate in ways that are morally correct

When thinking about this five-factor, I think about both my mother and father. My parents individually did not teach all of these factors but, together with my  sibling and I received I five factors. For example, my father was very big on communicating morally correctly and adapt your communication to the environment you’re in.  Yet my mother was all about understanding that another’s communication style can have multiple sources, being aware of your own communication style and understanding that another’s communication style can have multiple sources.

 

Professional Hopes and Goals

As I professional mt hopes in reference to working with children and families who come from diverse backgrounds in early education is that we make diverse learning a part of the school year round. I would like for diverse learning to be apart of everyday class development and not on holiday or not just we get a student from a different background.

One goal I would like to set for the early childhood field related to issues of diversity, equity, and social justice is to bring awareness to the things that are done correctly and the things that are done incorrectly.  In hopes of fostering change.

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Welcoming Families From Around the World

As Early childhood teacher, I just received word that the child of a family who has recently emigrated from a country I know nothing about will join my group soon.  I  want to prepare myself to welcome the child and her family so I first start with researching Uganda.

I first Spoke with the parents and we spoke about the thing that could possibly make this transition easy. The student parents explain that the student can speak both English and Swahili, however, she would enjoy teaching the other student her language. They also explained that the student love book and music.

  1. The students and I prepare ourselves by first learning how to say “HELLO” in her language. We discover that the language one may speak in Uganda is Swahili.
  2. Hello in Swahili is hujambo
  3. Good Bye in Swahili is Kwaheri
  4. Welcome in Swahili is Karibu
  5. Next, the student decided to color pictures of the Uganda flag.
  6. We added books about Uganda to our reading and quiet area
  7. We also added fabric and food  from Uganda to our art and dramatic play area
  8. We also added picture around the room that represented Uganda customs music, art, fashion, people, language, and symbols.
  9. We also explore Uganda Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbdcKmx8nNg
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The Personal Side of Bias, Prejudice, and Oppression

I have have been a victim of prejudice and it left me feeling very cold and hurt on the inside.  This is not something that I like to share because I want to think that prejudice is not real.  With a company that I worked with in the past, I found the thoughts and opinions of African American people were not warmly received as thoughts and opinions of others unless it brought the individual gain.  Many times I thought that the rude interruptions or the overlooks of hand or smart remark were just a part of this director behavior. Yet I  notice that this was a pattern when people of a different race spoke.  There was a moment when I asked a question and received a very vague answer and as I walked away, the statement was made that ” they don’t really understand “, their manager does everything for them.  That statement made me feel really bad, I was laded and judge from people that knew nothing about my work ethics. I felt like I was grouped with people of poor work ethic based on the color of my skin.

Practicing Awareness of Microaggressions

Being that I would in the community I find that in the workplace, day-to-day line among co-workers and the people we serve includes an extensive variety of makeups and many different levels of dialogue.  But what I often notice is that those conversations drift toward stereotyping– and in specific, the inconspicuous kind.  An example of what I heard recently is a comment directed to an articulate African American young man, foolishly suggesting it rare for a young man of color to be well-spoken.

Another comment was made to a European young lady of the reality of racism, i.e. foolishly suggesting that she is wrong or silly in thinking someone is discriminating against her and thus implying that such bias does not exist based on her skin tone.

Perspectives on Diversity and Culture

The setting in which I ask about culture and diversity was in a group setting. This group setting was very diverse. The first person responded saying that culture is what you learn, how you live and what you think and beliefs.  He also explained that diversity is simply the differences in what we do and how we do it.

The next person explained that she thought it was based on who you are the family culture in which you grew up in ” mainly your race”. She didn’ t think it had anything to do with food or beliefs. Diversity to here is the difference between one person or thing.

The last person felt once’s culture is how they live and has nothing to do with race. He felt it is the everyday patterns a family or community create. He felt that diversity is the differences in those patterns of lifestyle between individual people.

 

It is very clear that we all few culture and diversity in many different ways.  As we talk more about culture and diversity it showed how most people beliefs were grounded from their  upbringing.  Many people in the group made reference to the thoughts and beliefs of their parents or grandparents. However as the topic expanded many students started to realize how their beliefs had changed over time and differed from the past learning.