Empathy and Cutlural Competence by Michaela Colombo Essay

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The article I read was “Empathy and Cultural Competence: Reflections from Teachers of Culturally Diverse Children” by Michaela W. Colombo. After reading this article I will be talking about what the article is about, me thoughts on the article, and how the article relates to NAEYC’s code of ethics. The article talks about how teachers need to have cultural compatibility. While it might be difficult for some teacher to grasp and understand the different cultures behaviors and beliefs. For those teacher that can are more likely to provide a learning environment that is enriching and responsive to the children’s different cultures. Teacher should have “meaningful interactions with members of other cultures and promote cultural …show more content…
One that really stuck in my mind and I will use when in a classroom is the one about advocating for children. I have made a mental note about how it discussed that teachers should talk with parent to see what their schedule is like and if they any transportation problems. Then try to find recourses that could help them. The post important part is to then advocate for the families by bringing up what they need help with in the school and community and see what can be do about it. I agreed with the part of the article that talked about how children feel like they are moving “from one world to another(Colombo, 2005, p.1).” I thought back to when I ate at and aphetic Mexican restaurant. It was like I stepped into a new world because everyone was speaking Spanish, my waitress barley spoke English, and I could not understand what he was saying. It made me see just a little glimpse into how it could feel for parents that do not speak English. In addition how a child feel like they are in a different world speaking one language at home and another at school on a daily basis. Finally the article showed me the important of empathy and cultural competence for both children and family members in my class. It also made me think of all the misconceptions that are out there about different things and open my eyes to what is really going on. “Empathy and Cultural Competence: Reflections from Teachers of Culturally Diverse Children” does a great

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