After watching the Ted Talk video "The Danger of a Single Story" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a very powerful video that discusses what I learned in the Bilingual Education Program at San Diego State University (SDSU). According to my professors at SDSU one of the most important things we can do as teachers is to reach students through accessing their background knowledge. Students will become more engaged by using books, stories and folk tales where their culture and what they know is already represented.
However, telling just their stories is just a way to hook them into a greater picture of what the world is all about. Telling only one story prevents students from learning beyond their boundaries and it prevents us as teachers from expanding the knowledge of our students. It is difficult to teach beyond a single story unless we as teachers become researchers and people who want to break the walls of ignorance down.
One way we can as teachers document more than one story is to actually document our story. To fight against the single voice that wants to tell everyone else what to believe and to show the world that we are not one single culture but a society of many layers that somehow end up being one country.
In the end documenting my story has allowed me to understand how important a process is versus the result. Sometimes we focus so much at the results that we forget that the process is what helps us grow. When I documented my story I realize how even something as simple as taking photos and creating a story out of them is a difficult process that must be done over and over again until we become comfortable with it and this is what my fellow teachers must do with technology.
Ngozi Adichie, C. (2009, October 7). The Danger of a Single Story | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | TED Talks. Retrieved July 24, 2015, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ihs241zeg&feature=youtu.be&list=PLbRLdW37G3oMquOaC-HeUIt6CWk-FzaGp&safe=active