Personal Narrative: My Experience At Sandalwood High School

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Internship allowed me the pleasure of working with Kimi Watanabe and her 10th grade Reading students at Sandalwood High School, the largest school in Jacksonville, Florida. Sandalwood High School opened in 1971 as a Junior-Senior high school and today educates roughly 3,000 high school students. Roughly, 42% of Sandalwood’s students are on free or reduced lunch and 56% of the students are in a minority group. Sandalwood offers its students the option of joining a number of programs, including Early College, S.A.IN.T (Sandalwood Academy of Information Technology), AFJROTC (Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps), A.V.I.D (Advancement via Individual Determination), and a Culinary Arts program. Sandalwood High School 's mission is to …show more content…
Watanabe teaches six sections of 10th Grade Intensive Reading. While the class is aimed towards 10th graders, a few students are repeating her class in order to pass the FCAT/FSA. Over the course of two days, Ms. Watanabe educated 133 students. The classes are not overly diverse, 58 of the students are African-American, and 44 of the students are Caucasian. The rest of the student body is made up of Hispanic, Asian, and Multi-Racial students. Ms. Watanabe has roughly 60 students who either ESE or an ELL. Her ESE students have very detailed 504 plans or IEPs, which must be met each class period. Some of the classes have as few as 15 students and other classes have as many as 28 students. With that being said, each class is different not only because of their size but also because of their unique …show more content…
Most schools have the same expected responsibilities that they ask of their teachers. I will need to take role daily, engage my students in innovative and relevant lessons, keep a safe and structured classroom, and prep my students for the future ahead of them. Besides the most obvious responsibilities, with all the unique and strong personalities of my students, I would need to take on many different roles within the classroom. I will need to be motivating and encouraging constantly. I will need to be a mediator for frustrated students and use proximity control to prevent possible disruptions. I would need to be a mentor to those who seek my help but also a mentor to those who do not. More than anything I will need to focus on learning my students so that I can know what they need from me on any given day. Each day, their needs will be different, and the better I know them, the better I can provide them with what they need no matter the mood they are in. Then on days I cannot provide them what they need, I need to educate myself on ways to get them the help they need from others. I need to be a resource for all my students all the

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