Tim Miller: A Case Study
This report is based on information that I compiled in the form of daily notes between 11 January (when I first decided that Tim Miller would be a good subject for a case study) and 23 March, when I concluded my internship at Novi High School. I gathered information by talking to Tim. his fellow students, and band director Craig Strain, as well as from my direct observation of Tim in various situations. Only Strain and I were aware that Tim was a study subject; I did not seem to pay any more attention to him than I paid to many of the students. Tim Miller was valuable to observe because his career covered almost every aspect of the Novi instrumental music program. Rather than present this study in the form of an edited log, I have chosen to organize it into logical subdivisions. This format allows me to accentuate the the connections between various daily occurrences and to draw from my observations those conclusions that seem justified by educated common sense. I seek to relate Tim's experiences to my philosophy of education. This approach necessarily brings my value judgments into this report. Rather than simply evaluating Tim Miller's progress or personal attitude, I am focusing on judging what good his participation in the Novi band program is doing him. The goal of any teacher should be to make the class or program valuable and meaningful to each student. Good teachers recognize that, while many of the goals they set will, be equally applicable to every student, each student has some unique needs, some personal goals to achieve in the course of that program. This report, then, is an effort to estimate the personal goals that Tim Miller carries into the band program, and how well those goals are met.Administrator only due to personally identifying information in case study.