I have just completed my first year teaching abroad. I left Minnesota for the warm, tropical climate of Venezuela. The school where I am the behavior/climate specialist is international, meaning the students hold two passports in order to attend. Many students have a US passport, in addition to their Venezuelan passport, but other countries represented include Argentina, Colombia, Syria, Russia and China. I am thankful the classes are all in English (my Spanish is woefully inadequate). Many cultures are represented at my school, and I want to be respectful to the Venezuelans, I have spent this past school year trying to answer the question: How much of students’ behavior is based on culture and my perception of how schools should function?

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