ERIC Number: ED397056
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
How a Spanish Bilingual Teacher Builds Community in a Mien Bilingual Class.
This paper presents a narrative describing a Spanish/English bilingual teacher's experience in building a validating community for Mien students and their parents in the classroom and the larger school context. The larger study of which this one is a part drew from teacher research, teacher narrative, and teacher voice. Data were collected through interviews with bilingual teachers with interesting tales to tell regarding their personal and professional experiences in bilingual classes. Topics covered in this narrative include student histories; their immigration experiences; class structure and discussion techniques; parental involvement and parent-teacher relationships; course content; community support; and school governance. This teacher collaborated with parents and other members of the community to teach the Mien language to the children and enable parents to teach what was important to their children. Her ability to form a community of learners came from her deep respect for the children and their parents. It is concluded that a hard-working, creative teacher can effect positive change in the classroom, but for a change to endure, the school culture needs broad-based support mechanisms. (Contains 16 references.) (CK)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Bilingual Teachers, Change Agents, Class Activities, Community Involvement, Creative Teaching, Elementary School Teachers, Immigrants, Kindergarten Children, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Personal Narratives, Primary Education, Story Telling, Student Characteristics, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mien People; Southeast Asians
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).