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Bridging Cultures, Teacher Training Project

  • By: Patricia M. Greenfield, Carrie Rothstein-Fisch, Elise Trumbull & Blanca Quiroz
  • In: Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education
  • Edited by: James A. Banks
  • Subject:Diversity & Consistency, Sociology of Education (general)

Each child in kindergarten is making a book called “All About Me.” The teacher asks each child to say what is special about himself or herself, writing down these comments, with space for the child to draw a picture corresponding to each comment. One boy responds with “my brother is good at soccer and my father is good at cooking.” The teacher keeps asking the boy to think about qualities of himself, prompting him: “This is all about you. Are you smart? Yes, of course you are smart, so let's say you are special because you are smart.” In the end, the boy's book contained drawings with these sentences “I am special because I am smart. I am special because I am strong. I am ...

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