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In What Ways Has Each of your Identities Contributed to How You View Yourself?

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In what ways has each of your identities contributed to how you view yourself?

Each of my identities contributed to how I view myself today. My culture and personal experiences have had a lasting impact. I view myself as a sensitive, devoted, compassionate, thoughtful, professional, caring, patient, shy, and independent woman. My current socioeconomic status is middle class however as a young child my socioeconomic status was low income. My mother was a single parent with four children. My mother Maria was unable to further her education since she had to work to help support her family. As she became an adult and had her own family she decided to migrate to the United Stated when I was 7 years old. She wanted a different life style for her family.
My mother enrolled me in school at Woodlawn Elementary. A study conducted by the United Stated Bureau of the Census (2003) reported that 40% of the nation’s immigrant children reside in California (p.10). I recall that I felt lost and confused because my teacher only spoke English and my native language was Spanish. I remember that I played by myself because I felt embarrassed that I was not able to communicate with my peers. I had low self-esteem because the other children would make fun of me because of my language barrier. I disliked school because I did not understand the educational material.
My teacher at the time had a conference with my mother and informing her that she was concern because I was unable to comprehend the learning material. My teacher found me the resources I needed to help me become a successful student. In my culture teachers are highly respected and their feedback is of great value. The California Department of Education (2009) stated, “Immigrant...

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...ple in my life that allowed me to turn my negative experiences into positive ones. The positive relationships that I built allowed me to become who I am today.

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California Department of Education (2009). Preschool English learners: Principles and Practices to promote language, literacy, and learning (2nd ed.). Resource Guide. CDE
National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. (2004). Young Children Develop in an Environment of Relationships: Working PaperNo.1. Retrieved from http:// www.developing child.harvard.edu.
Tabors, P. (2008). One child, two languages: A guide for early childhood educators of children learning English as a second language (2nd ed.). Baltimore, Maryland: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company.
U.S. Bureau of the Census. (2003). Language Use and English-speaking Ability: Census 2000 Brief. Report No. C2K3R-29.Washington, D.C.
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