I've now been living in America for exactly a year and have not had too much culture shock, (I've lived here before and spent a lot of time here). However, I have had small pangs of culture surprise.. This includes having to change my order of 'water' to 'war-dar' so people can understand me, and also the first time I saw someone carrying a gun my husband and I immediately left the burger joint we are in! I also had no idea how much of a big role 'fish and chips' play in Americans' views of English people. Overall I have felt very welcome, at home and have settled in to life in the states easily.
On my ITC course we talked a lot about culture shock, focussing mostly on students transitioning to a new country. However we also talked about people going through the exact same stages during any big transition, including moving from primary to secondary school, becoming a teenager, moving jobs and more.
Here are some great visuals showing the different stages of culture shock. When looking up at them imagine the experience of moving to a new country, but then also think about other transitions, like moving from primary to secondary school. As an adult it is definitely a process I go through when moving jobs, not just moving to my current job in a new country, but moving from any position.
It is important to let your students know that these feelings are totally normal and also to show them that things do get better! I will be a Grade 7 advisor this year, but will show these graphics to my students and ask them if they remember going through these during their first year of middle school, Grade 6. If we have time, I may also get students to make short animations or infographics to share with new students in the school.
14/6/2018 10:54:53 am
9/2/2019 02:31:07 pm
I can really relate to the culture shock illustration that you have done. Honestly, I experienced a lot of culture shock before. I will never forget the first day I had in college. I was really culture shocked by that time because it was a bigger campus and a new set of people to be with. What I hate the most to is the new environment and people to adjust with. On the other side, it makes me grow more and appreciate the education system.
25/6/2018 09:16:28 am
We have all experienced culture shock once in a while. This is totally normal and eventually you will live by it. This is because we all live with different cultures and beliefs, making it impossible to not experience a culture shock. When you go to different countries, you must first look up in the internet what you should and should not do. In that way, you will not be in a state of shock once you are actually there.
14/1/2019 09:46:29 am
I think culture shock is completely normal, considering that we all have different beliefs and obviously, culture. We all have experienced this once in our life, if not, you really need to get out more. The important thing with culture shock is that we get to adapt to it after a while. We get to understand each other more deeply. The only thing we need to do is to respect others' culture so that they would accept our culture too.
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