As classroom teachers, we tend to have our own little nation over which we preside. We are not aware of our own culture and the decisions we make based on our own ethnocentrism. Even if you do not have a classroom or a group of student for whom you are responsible, you still make many decisions and judgments based on your own culture. Let's take a fun look at the times we have experienced "culture shock." We will use the following definition as a basis for discussion. www.answers.com/topic/ethnocentrism provides a very simple definition for ethnocentricity: “the tendency to look at the world primarily from the perspective of one’s own ethnic culture. .. it may be something all cultures have in common. People often feel this occurring during what some call culture shock.” (www.answers.com/topic/ethnocentrism taken July 18, 2006). This is the first of a two-part discussion about coming to understand our cultural perspectives.