STUDENT TEACHING INTERNSHIP: TEACHING BIOLOGY AT PARCHMENT HIGH SCHOOL
Joyce, Rebecca A.
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I completed my student teaching internship at Parchment High School in Parchment, Michigan. Although Parchment is a small community partially surrounded by the larger city of Kalamazoo, it maintains a very separate identity from Kalamazoo and has a small-town atmosphere. The high school has a student body of approximately 440, the majority of whom are Caucasian. The student body is five percent African-American, and three percent Hispanic. Students come from a variety of economic backgrounds. In my first weeks at the school I was able to meet several of the school administrators and most of the faculty. Several teachers commented to me that the faculty at Parchment has a very good'rapport. Although I sometimes observed teachers criticizing decisions made by the administration, the faculty were supportive of each other. The teachers were friendly to each other and cohesive rather than cliquish. My cooperating teacher was George Macleod. A Kalamazoo College graduate himself, Mr. Macleod has been teaching science at Parchment for over 30 years. I requested placement with Mr. Macleod because my high school teacher recommended him to me. Mr. Macleod is current! y teaching four periods of Biology I for ninth and tenth graders and one period of Anatomy and Physiology for upper-class students.
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