As I enter my fifth year of teaching at Trinity, I find myself reflecting on the past and realizing how my life has evolved. For me, the shift from teaching in a monolingual classroom to a multilingual environment where technology is the teacher has been a positive experience. Working with the ELD/early ULD students has been an ever-changing adventure where every day is a treasure. As we travel around the world and learn about different languages, students understand that there is no such word as “weird” to describe the richness of each unique culture. Instead, we celebrate the ways that we are different and alike. Often times, we reference the book, Whoever You Are, by Mem Fox to remind us of this important lesson.
As always, my main goal as a teacher is to ensure a positive learning experience and to encourage students to open their minds and hearts to the world around them. In doing so, students (no matter the age)will become compassionate members of an always expanding global community.