In all honesty, I loved the honesty of this class. I am so grateful that I could learn how to truthfully recognize and acknowledge my weaknesses, shortcomings, blindsides, and prejudices. At the beginning of the class I felt nervous about having to deal with my privilege and the mindsets I have that are less than […]Read more "Portfolio Summary"
I had the opportunity of reading Oddly Normal, a memoir by John Schwartz about his family’s experience. Image source: http://www.npr.org/2012/11/05/164201946/an-oddly-normal-outcome-for-a-singular-child This was an eye-opening and valuable experience because it helped me to better understand the emotions and struggles of a family and an individual during the difficult, vulnerable years in which I plan on teaching. […]Read more "Oddly Normal"
Photos: Individual Attention and Individual Relationships with Students I have realized that it is so important to know my students. If I don’t learn to listen to them and try to understand them as human beings, I will not succeed in teaching them. One of the greatest things I have learned in this class […]Read more "Reimagined Classroom"
Today I had the opportunity to tour the correctional facility in Spanish Fork, Utah. This community was extremely foreign to me and very eye-opening. At the beginning of the tour, the tour guide explained to us that the experience is unlike what we might expect; how correctional facilities are portrayed in the media and entertainment […]Read more "Community Experience: Utah County Jail"
I am immersed in a variety of different cultures. “Culture is the collective programming of the mind which distinguishes the members of one category of people from another.” (G. Hofstede) I am a member of the LDS Church. This religion has a distinct culture, and my geographical and social location (as a full-time student living […]Read more "My Personal Cultural Artifacts"
Observations I went to mass at a Catholic church in Orem on Saturday night. The church itself can be intimidating; it is huge and has various stuctures for the which outsiders might not know the purpose. Because there is so much room, people sit very far a part from one another, unless they are sitting […]Read more "Being the “Other”"
These images depict a stereotypical livelihood for Mexican and Latino-Americans. It shows them primarily as agricultural laborers who do simple labor for very cheap wages. They are often stereotyped as people who come to the United States only to work and to take jobs from Americans. By speaking about people in terms of their […]Read more "Cultural Snapshot: Latino-Americans"