On a day-to-day basis, I aim to be aware and sensitive to students’ cultural backgrounds. I have been an international student myself, thus, I know how difficult it may be to adjust to a new context. Student’s native languages are important components of their identities and cultures and may have implications to their learning. Most of my students come from different international backgrounds; majority is of Chinese origin. I do speak several languages, but I do not have much experience working with Chinese students. Hence, I decided to gain insights into their culture and I am currently participating in the Mandarin module offered by CU. I am now able to use basic phrases to communicate with my Chinese students and better address their cultural diversity.
Furthermore, I have noticed that psychological and physiological needs of my students are prerequisites to their successful learning. How can a student really focus on delivering critical path analysis when s/he is hungry or did not sleep the night before? I taught 345SAM last summer and because some of my students were fasting during Ramadan, I needed to give them additional individual support outside the classroom to achieve the planned learning outcomes.