MOTIVATION, DISCIPLINE AND POSITIVE ATTENTION: AN INTERNSHIP IN STUDENT TEACHING
Harker, Stephanie B.
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In late August of 1991, I returned to the high school from which I had graduated in order to begin my student teaching internship. Having four sisters teaching in the school system and having been a successful student there put me in a comfortable position at sturgis High school. My former teachers remembered me well and the administrators seemed to assume that "another Harker girl" was a positive addition to the system. Therefore, it was just a brief time before I managed to quell my nervous twitchings and feel comfortable enough to really observe my surroundings. I discovered that the learning environment in which I now found myself was dramatically different from the one I had remembered, for a number of reasons. In recent years, the city of sturgis has undergone significant changes. Though predominantly middle class, the city has witnessed an increase of lower income residents since 1980. Additionally, the number of children at the elementary school level grew enormously in the late 1980s, creating a need for more classroom space than the district can offer. Traditionally proud and supportive of the school system, the people of sturgis have voted down three requests for a millage increase within the past four years, thus creating a space crisis in the district.Administrator only due to personally identifying information in case study.