share two developmentally appropriate methods W r i t i n g

share two developmentally appropriate methods W r i t i n g

At an age where learning is accelerated in the classroom and more is expected of our students, boys are struggling to meet the expectations set forth in contemporary schooling. In fact, “Boys are 30 percent more likely than girls to flunk or drop out of school” (PBS, n.d.). As early childhood sets the stage for learning, which can have a tremendous influence in starting all children out on the right path, it is important that early childhood educators and leaders in the field understand the unique needs of each and every child that enters our classroom. Part of being a 21st-century educator encompasses meeting the needs of all children in our care and exhibiting an anti-sexist approach to teaching. For this discussion we will take a closer look at how to specifically meet the needs of boys in our classrooms.

Initial Post:

  • View the video Gaming to re-engage boys in learning (Links to an external site.) and read the article, Why Boys Aren’t Learning (Links to an external site.).
  • Compare and contrast scholarly research on this topic. Find one recent (within 5 years) peer reviewed scholarly article in the University of Arizona Global Campus Library on the topic of boys in schools. In at least a paragraph, compare the article’s findings to both the video and the article, Why Boys Aren’t Learning (Links to an external site.). What information is supported in all three resources? Are any facts refuted? How do these resources either support or refute your stance on this topic?
  • Reflect on your personal views and experiences with this topic. How will your experiences and views have a positive impact on your work with children and/or teachers in your career? What adjustments might you have to make after further researching this topic? How will you uphold best practices and ethical conduct for teaching boys in the classroom?
  • Propose at least one activity that can be done in the classroom that models best practice for teaching boys. Support your use of this activity by stating specifically how it aligns with best practices and the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct (Links to an external site.).
  • Summarize your stance on this topic by creating a four-to-five sentence philosophy statement. In your statement, be sure to explain how your stance aligns with developmentally appropriate practices and how it is supported by theory. This short statement will be added to your overall philosophy of education.


As the world around us becomes more diverse, so do the children that we work with each and every day. Based on this, “Do you ever wonder whether perhaps you are unconsciously behaving in a prejudiced way by paying more attention to children from certain ethnic groups and less to members of other groups or favoring girls more than boys or vice versa?” (Weissman & Hendrick, 2014, p. 118). In 2010, Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards wrote the book Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to help educators understand the importance of anti-bias education. In the first chapter of the book, What is Anti-Bias Education Download What is Anti-Bias Education, Derman-Sparks and Olsen Edwards (2010) introduce the four main goals of anti-bias education:

Anti-Bias Goal 1

Each child will demonstrate self-awareness, confidence, family pride, and positive social identities.

Anti-Bias Goal 2

Each child will express comfort and joy with human diversity; accurate language for human differences; and deep, caring human connections

Anti-Bias Goal 3

Each child will increasingly recognize unfairness, have language to describe unfairness, and understand that unfairness hurts.

Anti-Bias Goal 4

Each child will demonstrate empowerment and the skills to act, with others or alone, against prejudice and/or discrimination.

Initial Post: As leaders in the field of early childhood education, it is our responsibility to make sure that we are not only teaching our students about the diverse world in which we live, but also promoting social justice through implementing an anti-bias curriculum. For this discussion, you will need to choose one of the four main goals of anti-bias education listed in the chart above and address the points below as they relate to your chosen goal. Please make sure to support your initial reply with references to the text and at least one additional scholary source.

  • Explain in your own words what this goal means to you and how it connects to social justice.
  • Discuss how you would foster an understanding of your goal within your education setting.
  • Analyze at least two challenges you perceive in achieving this goal.
  • Provide at least one ethical solution to each of the challenges you shared.
  • Share two developmentally appropriate methods that you will use in your work with children to foster development of this goal.

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