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EDU 330Teaching for social justice to me means recognizing the power I have to make a positive change in my students lives. It means teaching my students how to make positive changes in the lives of others, we will connect with each other, discuss real world problems that affect them. It means teaching multiple perspectives and creating a classroom community. It means building our knowledge of different cultures and diversity together. It means encouraging our differences and loving each other despite our differences, it means celebrating those differences. I had a very strange upbringing or at least I feel that it was strange and quite different from my friends that I surrounded myself with. I had one parent that was Christian and one that was an Atheist. We never went to church as a family, I went to several different churches of different faiths with friends of mine as a kid. As an adult I still do not know what I believe in except that everyone has the right to their own opinion and religion/belief system. In the quest to find my own beliefs I have studied several religions. I love learning so strive to learn as much about other cultures as I possible can. I believe that my upbringing will allow me to have an open mind and heart for my students. As for hindering me in any way all I can say is that it probably will. The house I grew up in taught me a lot of things; the first born is NOT superior to the youngest child, every race matters, respect authority no matter who they are, every child can learn just not in the same way at the same time, being different does not make you less than. There are several things that I agree with in the article. One being that there are hidden social rules and that they are just as important as the curriculum. If you are just focusing on the curriculum you are supposed to teach, there will be situations that our students will not know how to handle. Several of the teachers I work with follow Ron Clarks “rules” to not only help the students succeed in their academics but to also help teach them about important parts of their social life. My hope as a teacher is that I can help my students navigate not only the curriculum but help them build skills to navigate social situations that arise. Commonalities are huge! I work with resource students and students on the autism spectrum. Finding things in common with my students helps me build a stronger relationship with them. Sometimes it is having the same background but sometimes it is all about liking the same things or sharing a birthday month. I had a student who nobody could get through to, he was angry and embarrassed that he could not do the same work as his friends. He gave his teachers attitude but with me he was different. We bothhave a love for motorcycles and because I ride, he had respect for me. Which helped me teach him how to help himself.