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    Diary of a Diverse Student

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    considers the demographic of your local school and identifies one student from a background that would be most different from your own. Imagine the first day of school from this student's perspective as you are introduced to the class as his or her new teacher. This is a creative writing piece where you are expected to step outside your own world view and into the shoes of the "other" in your classroom. You may need to research a bit about the culture of the student whose perspective you will be writing from and ask friends or colleagues to help you better understand your typical body language and how that does or might translate to the classroom and teaching style. Use the following guiding questions to help guide you .
    â?¢ What do you think the student's first impressions of you might be? (Be honest and consider how the verbal and non-verbal cues you might give out would be interpreted by this student).
    â?¢ How might the student relate to your background? (i.e. Do you appear to represent the dominant group in society and would your relationship with the dominant group impact your relationship with the student?)
    â?¢ How do you address and interact with the student and what are some of the ways you strive to engage all students in the classroom?

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    I am a 32 year old African American Teacher and the student from a different ethnic background will be a 14 year old from a province in China who has just recently arrived to America. She will be an ESL learner. The student's first impressions of me would probably be a mixture of curiosity, fear, and possible xenophobia. In China there is unfortunately still a stigma toward those of Black origin whether it be darker Chinese or those from other areas of Asia i.e. Philippines, India, etc. that emanates from the history of China wherein throughout its history those who toiled in the fields as peasants were darker as a result placing them in a lower caste of society. Therefore, if the student has been indoctrinated into this thinking she could be apprehensive about interacting with me and other Blacks in general.

    I would have to accept that her apprehension stems more from ignorance and a lack ...

    Solution Summary

    Discusses the perceptions that immigrants have of the United States and their surroundings.