Student Videos

Classroom Experiences

Classrooms contain their own “small cultures”, with rules of how individuals should relate to one another, communicate, and work together.  Often, the rules of classroom culture remain unspoken, and students rely on scripts from their previous experience to make sense of what is expected.  When differences in these scripts exist and remain unspoken, misunderstandings can occur. In the next video, students share about typical classrooms in their home countries, highlighting the way that these classrooms might be different from the Canadian classroom.

For reflection

  • What difference between the students’ previous classrooms and the Canadian classroom seems most significant to you?
  • What might you explain about the way your classroom works on the first day of class to support these students in their transition to your course?


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