I watched a video on mormon.org the other day that really caught my attention; it was about a woman with a totally different educational background than me. Nelisa, a Tongan girl growing up in the United States, was passing 2 out of 11 subjects in high school. She said that she was a hopeless student until her parents sent her to Tonga. The more she learned her cultural heritage, the more she understood why she did things. It gave purpose behind things that her parents taught her, and that was the turning point of her education. Nelisa turned from a failing student into an honor roll student. someone figure out what works
I think it is so neat to see for their education and then run with it. As Nelisa learned about her cultural background, she learned more about herself and how she is able to learn best. As teachers, we will most likely have to help students find out how they learn best because it will not be the same for each learner.
A few years later, Nelisa now has a Master’s degree and is working on her second degree. She became a teacher who teaches by this motto: “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” It can be one teacher that really makes the difference in a child’s life and really helps them know that they care. In what ways can we, as teachers, help children of different backgrounds and learning styles?