Deep Culture Exploration By: Kate Drilling

Introduction: Hello, my name is Katherine Marie Drilling. I am currently a junior at Kansas State University. I was born and raised in Olathe, Kansas. I am the 4th child out of 5 children.

How did your family identify ethnically or racially?: My family identifies themselves at white.

Where did you live--urban, suburban or rural community?: My family grew up in the suburbs, in a town called Olathe.

What is the story of your family in America? Has your family been here for generations, a few decades or just a few years?: My grandparents we born in Germany and came in through Ellis Island. They arrived in America about 10 decades ago. When they came to America, they settled in Indiana and Iowa. They then became farmers.

How would you describe your family's economic status?: I would describe as my family as being part of the middle-class. We may struggle a little financially, but I am very fortunate for the things that I have.

Were you the first in your family to attend college?: I was not the first to attend college. My parents attended Mount Mercy University.

What family folklore stories did you hear growing up?: My Grandpa started his own business out of a single car garage on the farm with 10 kids. He invented the wire roller, which is a device that goes of the back of a tractor. He invented a lot of farm machinery and his business started to flourish.

What are some of your family traditions--holidays, foods, rituals?: On chistmas eve we have a meal with finger foods. The food includes: chicken wings, little smokies, fondue, and fruit. After we are finished eating, we drive around and look at Christmas lights. We count the amount of manger scenes that we see. After we are done looking at lights, we drive home and open up presents. On Christmas day, we have a family meal and go to church.

What metaphors, analogies, parables, or "witty" sayings do you remember hearing from your parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles?: "You get what you get and you don’t have a fit"; "Eat it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without"; "A penny earned is a penny saved."

What did your parents, neighbors, and other authority figures tell you respect looked like? Disrespect?: My dad always said, " If you don't have something nice to say, don't say it at all." He would always encourage me and my siblings to build people up instead of tearing them down. My parents always found it very disrespectful when we talked back to them.

How were you trained to respond to different emotional displays--crying, anger, happiness?: Growing up, we were taught to hold our emotions in. Whenever I was feeling upset, I would go to my room and deal with the situation on my own.

How were you expected to interact with authority figures? Was the authority of teachers and other elders assumed or did it have to be earned?: We were always taught to be respectful of authority figures. This meant listening to the teacher when asked, and being quiet while others are talking.

As a child, did you call adults by their first name?: No.

What got you shunned or shamed in your family?: We were shunned in the family if we drank underage, didn't go to church every weekend, or if we said innapropiate words.

What earned you praise as a child?: We earned praise by doing well in school. We were also praised for doing well in sports.

Were you allowed to question, or talk back to, adults? Was it okay to call adults by their first name?: We were not allowed to talk back to adults. My mother was very strict growing up. Because of this, I was always afraid to be disrespectful.

Reflection of my Deep Cultural Values: I believe that it is very important for students to have time to interact during school. I don't want my classroom to feel like a prison. I want my classroom to be a safe learning environment where students aren't afraid to share their ideas. I think it is important to allow collaboration in the classroom so that students can learn from one another. Aside from collaboration, it is important to have a balance between group work and individual work. Students need to be able to work independently and think for themselves. Growing up, I was taught that anyone has the capability of succeeding. I came from a very sheltered home and my school was not very diverse. Therefore, I was not really exposed to many other cultures other than my own. Unlike my siblings, I always struggled when it came to school. Luckily, my parents always encouraged me to try my best and told me never to give up. That's why I think it is very important not to give up on your students. When it comes to teaching, I try to not have any stereotypes. I believe, that as a teacher, it is possible to reach every student.


Created with images by Line-tOodLinGfc - "sunflower vintage flower" • Ted Van Pelt - "Farm" • aspasy - "swag new year's eve christmas tree toy" • Flint Olympian and CANUSA Games - "Under 10 Girls soccer"

Made with Adobe Slate

Make your words and images move.

Get Slate

Report Abuse

If you feel that this video content violates the Adobe Terms of Use, you may report this content by filling out this quick form.

To report a Copyright Violation, please follow Section 17 in the Terms of Use.