Fit in? Or stay true to my home culture? Many of our students are in a cultural tug-of-war.
Many students are pulled between the pressures of fitting into their new environment while staying true to their cultural background. Whether it is through an internal desire or pressures from parents, peers, or teachers, these students can struggle with feeling caught in the middle.
Be aware of the internal struggle this can cause when working with them. Encourage students to be multicultural and celebrate the unique strengths this perspective gives them. Stay attuned to actions or words that might indicate that they are feeling like they need to choose one or the other, and challenge them in those moments to hold onto the best of both cultures!
Watch this video to learn more (especially starting at 4:20)!