A Student Case-Study : Melodie M.
McCarrel, Daniel J.
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Comstock High School is located on the eastern outskirts of Kalamazoo in a rather large·, flat field. The school district winds its way through a variety of differing neighborhoods, ranging from upper-middle class suburbian to what is most accurately described as a rural farm community, and the makeup of the student body reflects this diversity; children of bluecollar workers attend alo~with the offspring of white-collar and administrative personnel. With an enrollment of approximately 800 students, the locale and different groups all combine to create a very interesting. if perhaps somewhat typical, secondary institution. I;f;y stude.n:t-.tea~hing experience ~t Comstock began the· first week of January. Since the school had three weeks remaining in the first semester of its calendar, my supervising teacher, John Bargo, and I decided the course of action would be for me to observe in the classes I would be teaching. in order to acquaint myself with the subject matter, and become more familiar with the daily routine. During this period I observed six classes each day, under two different teachers, Mr. Bargo, and Mr. Mike Stripp. Both taught u.s. History and U.S. Government classes, and I found the observation of two experienced teachers to be quite valuable. Throughout my observation period, I began to gradually take on some of the classroom responsibilities, starting with 2 taking attendance, and grading papers. I was also able to get to know more of the faculty. and generally become accustomed to the daily Comstock routine.