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Teachers, whether from dominant or bicultural backgrounds, recognize that they first need to understand and accept their own diversity and delve into thier own identities before they can learn about and from their students.
Chapter 6: The Personal and Collective Transformation of Teachers
The Light In Their EyesSonia Nieto
Environments that are both critical and empowering are not created overnight; they are developed and sustained through the relationships formed in classrooms between and among teachers, students, and families.
Building these relationships implies a profound TRANSFORMATION of the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of teachers concerning the nature of learning and intelligence, the role of diversity in learning, and, in fact, the ideological stance or world view they may have in general.
Teaching and learning are primarily about relationships.
The students are not a flotilla of boats trying to reach the teacher who is finished and waiting on the shore. The teacher is one of the boats.
Teachers need to create spaces in which they can learn with their students, and in which students are encouraged to learn about themselves and one another.
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