This research explores how one White Canadian elementary educator in an international school grapples cultural considerations in her multi-lingual, multinational classroom. Culturally responsive educators strive to incorporate student’s home literacies and funds of knowledge into classroom practices (Villegas & Lucas, 2002; González, Moll & Amanti, 2005). Complexities of reflecting on cultural bias and constructions are spotlighted within international teaching communities, where students and teachers are often from diverse backgrounds while living a third culture. Through narrative inquiry, we examine Leila’s shared personal stories and teaching experiences. We contextualize her stories, tensions and insights at an international school with ethnographic research methods. Results identify a unique lens as Leila becomes a “cultural broker” to be culturally responsive in her first grade classroom.
Cavendish, Leslie and Ticknor, Anne Swenson (2014) "Living Globally—Teaching Responsively: Stories from a Literacy Educator in China" e-Journal of Balanced Reading Instruction 2(1), article 4. Available at http://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/jblri/vol2/iss1