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Tutor profile: Aira M.

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Aira M.
SOCIAL SCIENCE TEACHER
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Subject: Gender Studies

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Pertierra in his article mentioned an interesting idea about defining our cultural identity. He mentioned that we tend to overdetermine our Filipino imagination/ our identity by its colonial past. Rather than grounding our identities in the recent or primordial past, we need to anchor our identity on our visions of the future. Can this be an option to construct our identity based on the future? Will it be able to fix our damaged culture (e.g. lingering colonial legacy)?

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According to Wright, culture is dynamic, fluid, and socially constructed of meaning-making and I would like to bring the connection to what Petierra's leading us Filipinos (to our vision of the future) and this gives us an idea and perspective to be drawn upon ourselves and to bring out the unique cultural identity we have as Filipinos. With this, we can surely correct our mistakes of the past.

Subject: World History

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Cultural diversity is an accepted reality, "that the world is made up of discrete “cultures” or peoples" according to UNESCO, favoring multiculturalism. Multiculturalism however can encourage divisiveness (e.g. the rise of terrorists, radical fundamentalists, hate crimes) and rather than unity because it encourages people to identify with their own cultural group. How do respond to this dilemma (as a teacher)? How are we going to reconcile conflicting cultures?

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There are a lot of cultural elements which have a direct connection in the teaching and learning process, especially in an actual school setting. Based on the study of Mantiri (2013) on the influence of Cultural Learning Styles, teachers need to be responsive to individual ethnic groups’ cultural values, practices, language, learning preferences, involvement, and familial patterns. Today’s teachers must also be more than just aware or respectful of the idea that ethnic groups have distinct values in unique ways (Gay, 2002). Teachers are challenged to accommodate for cultural diversity that influences learning styles in their classroom. Even in the simplest way, teachers must observe cultural diversity, for instance, if you need to sight examples, as much as possible don't give examples that can be okay with others but can be offensive to some. Therefore, a teacher must care for and develop methodologies sensitive to the needs of the learners that he/she works with.

Subject: US History

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Susan Wright gives meaning to culture as fluid, dynamic, and constructed situationally. According to Kathryn M. Anderson-Levitt power matters in culture, thus, power dominance, oppression of the marginalized and minorities, and racism about culture exist, as a student how will you address such challenges happen?

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As students, we should utilize this influence in creating a culture of tolerance and respect so that whenever our fellows venture to the real world, they would carry this aspect with them. Teaching and educating cultural sensitivity allows them to understand that culture is not a linear or homogenous concept but rather encompasses the diverse aspects of human endeavor. With the right guidance, this knowledge prepares students to be critical of societal issues of their time.

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