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Look out look in: social emotional challenges teaching In the Northern Arctic: an autoethnography
This study used the research method of an autoethnography to reflect on the life of a
beginning educator living, teaching and surviving in the Northern Arctic. This study explores the
social emotional challenges that a beginner teacher went through after she had left the familiarity
of life in British Columbia. In this study, a beginner teacher went into the beautiful and unknown
territory of Nunavut to explore and develop her inner self. Through her experiences teaching in
the North, she was able to use an autoethnographic lens to deeply reflect on her teaching
practices, life style choices and eventually come out of this experience with a positive, rich and
meaningful perspective. This beginner teacher was able to look out into the world, in order to
look in within her soul to know herself on a deeper and more truthful way.