Amira, one of our children by Mirseda

August 14, 2021


Amira, one of our children

Amira is a 10 years old child. She is from Yemen and she is Muslim. Amira has a  hijab and she wears traditional Muslim clothes. In the classroom, Amira is very polite and she likes to stay on her own. Before eating, she prays in her language and she says that her friends make jokes with her. She gets angry very quickly when it comes to her family’s traditions. She lives in a big family, with 4 brothers and 3 sisters. her parents do not speak English and she translates them when her teacher wants to speak with them. Amira does not have a lot of friends and she is not open to talking with her teacher or even her parents.  She is an excellent student in Math but has difficulties in ELA class, because of her language barrier. she is open to learning and she never gives up, she does extra work to get good grades. During lunchtime, she stays alone and she likes to draw, and she loves to sing. 

Amira is the kind of child that does not react to comments, she stays silent all during the class. When it comes to math she is the only one that raises her hand to give an answer. her voice is very polite and it is hard sometimes to hear what she is saying. She sweats a lot and touches her fingers when she talks. One thing that Amira brings into the classroom is the cultural respect for each of the other students. She knows a lot about tradition and culture and she does not pretend that everyone to be the same as her.  She respects other students’ religions more than others do for her and she brings a gift for her peer’s holidays. 

English is her second language and this experience creates difficulties for her to achieve good grades and understand work in literacy. Her parents do not speak English and she needs to ask for help so she can be able to do her assignment.  Describing a student is not easy, as a teacher we need to investigate and observe all the components revisit in the descriptive child protocol. Based on that, as teachers, we need to collaborate with each other and see the best way for our students to achieve learning success. 

Credit for Featured Image: Photo by Nacho Benvenuty on Flickr “Inconsolable” Taken on December 28, 2007 (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)