The School That I Taught At The Chicago Essay

1225 Words Feb 6th, 2016 null Page
The school that I taught at in Philadelphia was different in regards to the socioeconomic status that I grew up in. First and foremost, every student qualified and received free and reduced breakfast and lunch. As each student arrived they would enter the cafeteria to eat their breakfast and line up in the schoolyard, which was all concrete. The area in which I grew up had a tremendous amount of space that included multiple playing fields, courts and playground equipment. About 15% of students in my home district received free and reduced lunch. To my ignorance, I did not even know the program even existed until I started teaching in Philadelphia. Growing up in an area that was extremely suburban there was very little diversity. At approximately 90% Caucasian for my home district, it was extremely rare that there was even one student of a different race in my class. Most of the time, the different race was as a student of the Asian background. Needless to say, I did not have much experience interacting with African American students. 99% of the students at my Philadelphia school were African American and this posed to be a challenge for me as the students were extremely hesitant to trust me. In a recent study that interviewed students about their experiences, they reported, “most participants reported that they were afraid of their teachers. In fact, only 4 of the 24 focus group participants reported positive relationships with teachers” (Beegle, 2003, p. 15). It took me a…

Related Documents