You may need to have translators, if you are not proficient in Spanish (language use).
You will need to allow for time to establish respect for your audience as well as show an interest in them and their lives (respeto and simpat ía) .
There may not be as many questions as you anticipate.
Cultural communication is an ongoing process. Mistakes are inevitable, but sensitivity to cultural and communication issues can enhance the quality of education for all students.
Unfamiliarity with cultural communication differences can lead to misinterpretation, misunderstanding and even unintentional insult.
Guidelines for Multicultural Collaboration
Listen actively and empathetically. Try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Especially when another person’s perceptions or ideas are very different from your own. You might need to operate at the edge of your own comfort zone.
Remember that cultural norms may not apply to the behavior of any particular individual. We are all shaped by many, many factors-(ethnic background, family, education, personalities)
A major responsibility of teachers at all grade levels is to teach the language and communication skills needed for academic success and for career and social mobility.
Send all information in parent’s home language.
Include your Hispanic parents in school activities ( ask them to collaborate).
Shake hands, smile (body language goes a long way).
For important meetings (IEP,SST) have a competent interpreter to help you out.
Inform parents of all available resources for student success.
Be sure parents are aware of school policies .
This can really help!!
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