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dc.contributor.advisorEvers, Nora, 1947-
dc.contributor.advisorThusius, Del
dc.contributor.advisorHocevar, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.authorDrake, Suzanne Dee
dc.descriptionThe following is a commentary on my student Teaching Internship of the Fall, 1995. All names of students have been changed, to avoid recognition by any reader. I would like to say ahead of time that this is by no means the sum of my teaching experience. I could write books on the subject, and especially on my own learning and growth throughout the internship. No one can ever truly understand the experience that I had, just as I can never truly comprehend the experiences of another. I have tried however, to give an overview of my seventeen-week education in the "real world." I hope you will enjoy the reading.en_US
dc.description.abstractFrom the onset, my student teaching internship was unique in many ways. I taught in two school systems, White Pigeon and Constantine High Schools. Although there are differences in the two school systems, fundamentally, they have much in common. They are both small schools graduating approximately 60-150 students each year. However, Constantine has a separate middle school whereas White Pigeon contains both middle school and high school in one building. Both schools are predominantly white - minorities are, in effect, nonexistent. I had one African American student, and one Native American student (that I was aware of). Laura, my African American student, blatantly voiced the fact that she did not feel comfortable in White Pigeon. She sensed a serious prejudice against her and adamantly declared that she would never allow her kids to attend White Pigeon High School because she did not want them to feel as she did. This lack of diversity discouraged me because the kids there are not learning sensitivity, tolerance, or appreciation for other people. Even if they have not developed prejudices per se, they remain trapped in ignorance about the diversity of our country and the world. I only hope that they will be prepared to deal maturely, justly and compassionately with all people they meet throughout their lives.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipDepartment of English. White Pigeon High School. White Pigeon, Michigan.
dc.description.sponsorshipDepartment of French. White Pigeon High School. White Pigeon, Michigan.
dc.description.sponsorshipConstantine High School. Constantine, Michigan.
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dc.relation.ispartofseriesSenior Individualized Projects. Education.;
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