Teach Thought 30 Day Blogging Challenge- Day 23
Creating Community in the School Environment
As a language teacher, there are so many ways to bring the Latino community into the classroom. Community means culture, and it is through these cultural connections that my students learn to appreciate the language that they are studying. And language teachers hope that these cultural connections instill in students a desire to speak, visit, get to know the people of different countries and cultural backgrounds.
I love to bring in a sense the outside community whenever possible, but I think it is very important to also create a sense of community in the classroom and school environment.
This year our school has many new Guatemalan students who has just immigrated here to the U.S. My AP students are going to be mentoring these Guatemalan students and serving as ambassadors to them as they settle in. They are going to have lunch with them once a week, and be available to tutor them in school subjects as well as share personal experiences about school life here in the United States and our community. It is my hope that my students will help to transition them over to life and school studies here in the York community of learners, as well as form some new friendships and appreciate/embrace our cultural differences and similarities!