Academic journal article Childhood Education

Expanding Your Horizons

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Expanding Your Horizons

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As a teacher of beginning and experienced elementary and middle school teachers, I am constantly reflecting on my own classroom practices and how they affect my students. The majority of my students serve populations from small, rural, Southern districts. One of my major concerns is the limited experience my students have in interacting with people from other cultures, In the surrounding counties served by my students, Spanish is spoken by approximately 10,000 families, The majority of these families speak only Spanish within the home, and the elementary or middle school student becomes the translator for the family. While these numbers may seem small compared to large urban areas, it is a major challenge in our area. Beginning and experienced teachers need to study and interact with a multitude of various cultures. Case studies and textbook instruction can provide initial instruction in various aspects of different cultures, but they cannot take the place of actual experience.

I encourage my students to travel as much as they possibly can as a way to expand their horizons. …

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