Student teaching observations and reflections : [an honors thesis (HONRS 499)]

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Paarlberg, Sage E.
Miels, Jill C.
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Thesis (B.?.)
Honors College
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I completed my student teaching through Indiana University's Cultural Immersions Program, as a guest student. Through the Cultural Immersions Program students can choose to student teach abroad or, as I chose, on the Navajo Reservation. The Navajo Nation is the largest Native American Nation in the United States. The reservation occupies a space roughly equal to West Virginia, in Arizona, New Mexico and southern Utah. Although within the borders of the United States, the Navajo Nation has a unique language, customs and traditions. At times it is possible for a person to think that they have traveled to a foreign country.Education not does occur outside of cultural influences. This web page is a demonstration of education techniques and practices across a wide geographic and demographic area. The same INTASC principles stressed at Ball State University are found in this rural New Mexico school. Each INTASC principle is illustrated with an artifact from our classroom and a brief explanation of its significance. Many of the artifacts demonstrate an attempt to bring culture to a place of importance within the classroom.Considering culture and its influences, this web page is also to introduce the viewer to a few of the issues faced by Navajo families and educators. I am not attempting to be a definitive source on social issues. As any educator knows, each child, each classroom and each school is unique. They all have different personalities, different forces acting on and influencing them. What happened in one school, may not happen at nearby school, but is quite possible. These issues are intended to open a door; to cause the reader to contemplate an idea and follow up independently. To that end additional sources and documents are listed following each issue.