The author recently accepted a third grade position at Chief Leschi Schools in Puyallup, Washington. In this paper, she seeks to become culturally responsive to her future students by examining her own exposure to native cultures, the history of tribal education, and relevant research. She reflects on her role at Chief Leschi, and questions her authority in teaching, per Washington State Common Core Standards for third grade social studies, past and present native cultures. She concludes with commitments for her practice in the next year, and new realizations concerning her personal pedagogy.
Education 629: Seminar in Educational Experience, Context and Meaning