Final Reflection Paper
My internship site was at a high school located in the LAUSD nearby UCLA. The teacher I was assigned to work with was Ms. Lilly (names changed for privacy.) During the course of the internship, I got to know Ms. Lilly a lot better as she became more comfortable with me working with her in the classroom. Ms. Lilly teaches a variety of grade levels. She teaches 9th grade Honors English, 10th Grade AVID, a mixed grades writing seminar elective, and 12th grade AP English. Ms. Lilly had been teaching for 19 years at this high school. She received her credential at Loyola Marymount University. She began teaching because she loves English and loves working with ...view middle of the document...
It would seem like giving the students support in the form of computers and printers would be a given, but it seemed hard to even find someone to come in to take a look at the printer. The infrastructure is there, but no money to make it work.
Despite all the struggles in the classroom to provide the best for the students, I could see how rewarding it is to be a teacher. When students understand or grasp concepts, it makes the effort worth it. When students were presenting their vignettes modeled after the ones they read in “The House on Mango Street”, the students as well as Ms. Lilly seemed really proud of their work. She said that it was gratifying to witness her students grow to be better writers and draw connections between different books and pieces. Seeing the students use higher level thinking when writing their essays or making analysis is rewarding.
Ms. Lilly’s 5th period class is mostly girls. The dynamic of the classroom is noticeably different. The students seem more exuberant, but that could be because the class is right after lunch so they are more energetic. They’re on their sugar high. Because it’s an honor’s class, the students seem very eager to do well. They would always ask for extra credit or ask the teacher if she needed any help grading. I could hear that some of the girls were boy-crazed, talking about boys a lot. But for the most part they all seemed to care about the class and care about their grades.
My favorite memory in Ms. Lilly’s classroom is when I as assigned to help a student Eric work on his vignettes. He was having a hard time understanding what a vignette was. The assignment also required certain literary devices to be used, such as metaphors, hyperbole, alliteration, etc. however, he did not understand what these were. So I sat down with him and went through with him the definitions of each and gave an example for each as well as went through the book “House on Mango Street” to point out specific examples. I then asked him to give me his own examples. I tried to explain to him in the simplest way that I could what a vignette was. I realized that he was confused because he was thinking that vignettes had some sort of structure like a formal essay. He didn’t know what to write because he didn’t realize that he had free reign to write about whatever he wanted to. When I explained that to him, he seemed to understand after looking back at the book as reference. I then gave him some ideas as to what to write about in his personal vignettes. I asked him to think about a certain event or point in his life that stood out to him, that he could draw his emotion from. He thought about writing about how he made it to the varsity basketball team and how he felt when playing his first game. He thanked me and I felt so happy to be of help.
The high school has a very diverse campus. Every time I walked across campus to Ms. Lilly’s class it was interesting to see the students interact...