Date of Award
Restricted to Claremont Colleges Dissertation
School of Educational Studies
This paper documents my year as a resident teacher in a multi-age classroom in a suburban city in Los Angeles County. Its purpose is to explore the multiple levels that affect a single classroom, including my positionality and motivations as a teacher, learning about students as individuals inside and outside of the classroom, the values and resources of the community, and the evaluation of the instructional strategies and practices I employed this academic year. In order to research these levels, I conducted an ethnographic study by conducting case studies of three individual students and researched my school site’s mission and core values. To receive a holistic view of each focus student, I consulted cumulative files, spoke to their past teachers, interviewed them, and conducted visits to their home. To learn more about my school site’s values I researched the community’s history, attended community events, and interviewed school personnel. Through this ethnographic study during my first year teaching, I was able to learn the importance of getting to know my students beyond the classroom and just how deeply personal and emotional teaching is.
Ochoa, Nicole. (2020). Teaching to Transform: A First Year Reflection. CGU Theses & Dissertations, 158. https://scholarship.claremont.edu/cgu_etd/158. doi: 10.5642/cguetd/158