Examining Identity & Culture as a Teacher

Our identity and culture have great influence over our teaching.

But how often do we think about these influences?

It’s quite normal to sit in workshops about a new pedagogical technique or attend meetings about the latest curriculum, but rarely do we take the time to reflect on how our teaching practices have been formed.

In this video, I talk about the influences of identity and culture on us as professionals and present an exercise that you can do either individually or as a grade level team.

I encourage you to take 5 minutes out of your day to do this exercise. I think you’ll be surprised what you discover about yourself.

Don’t forget to share your insights in the comments!

Research Spotlight- Cross-cultural transition: International teachers’ experience of ‘culture shock’

My first night in Taiwan was awful. (The details are irrelevant)

But let’s just say culture shock hit me hard, and it took about 4-6 months before I settled in and “adjusted”.

I use quotation marks purposely on “adjusted” because I wonder if any of us really adjust.

Is culture shock just about the food, language, etc.? Or is there more to it?

And what about international teachers? Is their culture shock experience unique?

Donna Roskell attempted to answer those questions with her study Cross-cultural transition: International teachers’ experience of ‘culture shock’.

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