Supporting Healthy Social Identity Formation
- Put yourself in the shoes of the child in this
Imagine that you are a child whose family/home practices are not
valued in your early childhood center. Your parents work long hours so
you are at the center from 7am to 5pm everyday. No one in the center
shares your home language and you don’t see any familiar items that you would
see at home on the shelves of your classroom.
Discuss how you think
this center’s approach and environment impact the child described in the
vignette. How does the child feel? What does the child learn about his or
her family culture, language and practices when these are not validated or
respected? How does this impact the child’s social identity
formation? Have you experienced something similar in your own life?
what ways could this center and its staff support healthy social identity
formation through the ways they interact with families and/or prepare our
Transforming Our Experience into Skills and Dispositions
Reflect back on a time
when you felt:
- Like an outsider from a group
as a child or as an adult. This could be exclusion for many reasons.
The reason isn’t as important as how you felt and what you thought
about yourself and others in the experience. Write down your
thoughts on this reflection.
- Ignored as a child or as an
adult. How did you feel and what were you thinking? Write down
your thoughts on this reflection.
- Treated unfairly or
misunderstood as a child or as an adult. How did you feel and what
were you thinking? Write down your thoughts on this reflection.
How do your reflections impact
the way that you interact, or will interact with children and their
Work together to discuss what
skills and dispositions are required to engage families in respectful and
inclusive ways. Come up with at least two skills and two dispositions you
think are necessary for this to occur.