Welcoming Families From Around the World

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Africa has a rich culture and I am excited to learn more about the differences and similarities as they relate to each tribe. Culture is more than singing songs, holiday cooking, religious traditions, or language; it is an experience unique to each family. Educators will need to stimulate the intellectual development of all children and their individual cultures.

  • At least five ways in which you will prepare yourself to be culturally responsive towards this family:

 Educators will need to engage students in activities that reach out to the students in ways that are culturally and linguistically responsive and appropriate.

  • Educators will need to look carefully at cultural assumptions and stereotypes that enter the classroom that may affect connectivity.
  • Educators will need to over biases
  • Educators will need to motivate students effectively in the learning process.
  • Educators must be knowledgeable of their individual students and their academic abilities, instead of catering to racial or ethnic stereotypes, prior experience with other students, or similarities backgrounds.
  • I would add African artifacts and proverbs written on sentence strips around the classroom and in the Social Studies Welcome Center.African culture is an essential element in understanding and appreciating ones culture. It is crucial to academic success and performance that is crucial to culturally responsive pedagogy.
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A brief statement describing in what ways you hope that these preparations will benefit both you and the family

Classroom teachers are often time the first person to meet an immigrant that can relate to outside their community nd culture. We want them to feel relax, welcome, and respected as individuals with similarities and differences in American’s culture  It’s a relationship that can provide the emotional scaffolding necessary to cross the linguistic and cultural divide between country of origin and country of residency. Teachers can help English language learners and family members to acquire language skills and foster inclusion in school and community.

Reference:

www.africanculturalcenter.org/5_4culture.html

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7 thoughts on “Welcoming Families From Around the World

  1. Birdie,
    Thank for sharing, great post. As an educator I believe it is very important to reflect on any bias you may have so that you can grow as an educator and as a person. Sometimes when you work with people from a different culture it can be very overwhelming especially if there is a language barrier. One must properly prepare themselves to be open-minded to change and respectfully of differences of others. In the classroom the educator definitely should find ways to incorporate the culture of every family into the environment where children want to feel comfortable and secure. Every child should feel like the belong.

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  2. Hi Birdie! Your really gave some great points on being culturally responsive. I stand in agreement that biases and stereotypes must be shun in order to truly respect and understand culture diversity and celebrate differences which make us so diverse and unique. Great post!

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  3. Hello Birdie,
    You have a great idea on how to welcome a new family from a different culture. Your right, we need to understand our own biases in order to sincerely accept this family. Including pictures and words from their culture is also a great idea! The child and their family should feel welcome, and get the feeling that every part of them is accepted.

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  4. I love the idea of you including African proverbs in the classroom! that is a great way to include the familiy’s culture and and show respect to what they know.

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  5. Birdie,
    Great ideas! I like the ideas of adding the proverbs and working to eliminate the biases and stereotypes. I think that the proverbs are a great way of including the family in the classroom even before they arrive. And a great way of preparing he current students in getting accustomed to some new traditions and a the new culture that will be included in their classroom.
    ~Jess

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