I tutor a young, second grade lass who is filled with energy and life. He is beautiful and is 'behind' in his reading because he can't read Lego magazines as an academic resource, and generally wants to talk about using rockets to win his cross country races instead of telling me his site words. I don't blame him. Also, second grade cross country?
A principle of emersion and empathy in the classroom is to become one with the community. To know it's resources, it's politics, priorities. Why the haves have and the have-nots do not. What sports teams are of interest, and the prevalence of immigration and domestic abuse. Also, what makes people smile or fear, but mainly laugh. Here's to that new journey in this place.