Angelina is at first embarrassed to share that she didn’t travel anywhere. Instead, she stayed home and read books to her little sister. Both students discover that they are more than they believe they are. Everyone is different and that is what makes them unique. Angelina begins to share a story about her summer when Rigoberto joins in. Both students have some commonalities and become friends. Critical Analysis: The Day You Begin was an amazing read. Before today, I had not known of such a book. I wish I would have learned of this book before. While reading, I immedaitely started to figure out how this book received so many rewards. What I love most about the book is the fact that it could be seen through many perspectives while reading. I can see myself, my children, and my students in this text. In regards to myself, I, like Angelina, did not experience traveling summers. My summers consisted of going to live with my dad. He lived in a trailor in the country. Imagine six kids, two adults, and three more children living in a trailor. There was not any space, but a yard filled of so much opportunity. We played many games and ran many races. This was equivalent to any experience I’ve had at Disney World. The ability to run around, ride horses, and free from the trapped space in the trailor was fun to me. “Tell me about your summer” is every teacher’s go to line upon the return of school. I never wanted to participate in discussions because I felt that I couldn’t amount to the other students. They had nicer clothes and shoes. Their hair was done neatly with nice barrettes and hair knockers. I didn’t have ideal hair. My mom kept it braided weekly. I remember one year a teacher asked the class to write down their days of summer. Surprisingly, she thought I had done exceptionally well. I was reluctant to reading aloud because I thought I would bore the class. Especially having heard their stories. My story interested my classmates. Many had never seen a trailor let alone rode a horse. Our differences is what makes us unique. My son is very light skinned with green eyes. He hates the fact that he looks more White than Black. He used to avoid sunscreen because he thought it would make it him darker. At a very young age I had to have a talk with him about who he was and what he represented. Do not let the fear of what others think change how you perceive yourself. My students are a mixture of different races and backgrounds. I can tell when I ask the famous question, “How was your summer’, who has gone out of town, who visited another family member, and who never left their block. As a teacher, I tend to prompt students to reveal certain things about themselves they may believe is not cool when in fact people are longing to hear about that adventure. I have a two students whom are ESL and I have one student that has an accent. We have disussed early on the norms of the classroom and how respect is one thing we should all have with one another. The two ESL students had been at the campus since their school years began. My one student with an accent arrived to us November of 2018. She began to speak to in class and students were in awe. I remember our conversation changing from our
education topic to questions related to her culture. She would tell us certain words in her
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