Culture Mind Map


As we learned in Unit 1, Nieto defines culture as “the ever-changing values, traditions, social and political relationships, and worldview created, shared, and transformed by a group of people bound together by a combination of factors that can include a common history, geographic location, language, social class, and religion” (Nieto, 2008, p. 129).  As I look at this definition now, I can say that it is much more expansive than I initially thought when I started this course.  When I first did my “culture mind map” I certainly did not have the insight I do now on what it really means to embrace and celebrate your culture, and how that culture can impact your education, personal relationships, career, and life in general.  I see now that culture really permeates every aspect of our life, and how as teachers, we need to be respectful and responsive to that in our classroom environments.

My original mind map is located on the right, and includes my initial thinking and thoughts that came to mind after I read the materials for Unit 1.  On the left  you can see my new knowledge after having completed all 8 units in the course.  I truly feel I have a much broader and realistic view of culture, and  how culture affects learning and achievement across the lifespan in 21st Century education.  I feel what I know now will support me in the development of culturally responsive best practices.  I thoroughly enjoyed this class and appreciate all I have learned.


Nieto, S. (2008). Chapter 9: Culture and Education.Yearbook Of The National Society For The   Study Of Education, 107(1), 127-142.

The Skin that We Speak

One of my favorite parts of this course has been reading the book “The Skin that We Speak” by Lisa Delpit and Joanne Kilgour Dowdy.  Each chapter brought to life a new story of students, teachers, and parents who were retelling their life, and sharing their thoughts on language and culture from their own perspective.  I found the book to be a powerful and insightful look at how we must examine our own language and attitudes, and understand how language can truly impact a student’s experiences in the classroom.  Please enjoy my presentation.  edu604_mmm-presentation

Teacher Bias and it’s Impact on Student Achievement

This has been a topic that has resonated with me throughout this course so I decided to write my investigation paper about it.  As I researched, I found many examples of how teachers’ (often times unconscious) biases can affect how a student learns, achieves, and also how they view themselves, which can have a huge impact on their self-esteem.  It is has certainly caused me to pause and reflect on my own thoughts, biases and assumptions about not just students, but parents and families who bring different cultures and languages into the classroom.  It is so important in our society that we embrace each person’s differences and set high expectations for all our students regardless of their personal backgrounds.  Please enjoy this paper.