This autoethnography was conducted at an elementary school not far from the South Texas border. I documented how my journey as a kindergarten, first-grade, and second-grade student has impacted me to become a better educator. Through this qualitative study, I planned to determine if my childhood experiences as an emergent bilingual learner have made an impact in my teaching and the connections I have formed with my students. I analyzed observations of my current teaching practices and my elementary report cards and test scores. After observing my students’ interactions among their peers and my reaction towards their conversations, I found that emergent bilinguals can reach academic achievement, and their learning can be enhanced. Embracing more than one language can be a powerful resource that binds students to a variety of cultures.
academic achievement, emergent bilinguals, reading, kindergarten, student progress, education, culture, literacy, autoethnography
I would like to thank my wonderful husband, Mike, my two beautiful daughters, Emma and Ava, and my delightful poodle, Snowy.
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Cantu, C. V. (2021). My Journey as an Emergent Bilingual. The Qualitative Report, 26(1), 231-245. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2021.4277