Researcher ORCID Identifier

Date of Award

Summer 2020

Degree Type

Restricted to Claremont Colleges Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Education, MA


School of Educational Studies

Rights Information

@2020 Carolyn I Scott-Patterson


In this thesis, I examine my history, process, environment, and changing contexts in the transition to becoming a teacher. My initial intention was to examine myself deeply and formulate a coherent classroom process and presence to facilitate the social, educational, and civic growth and learning that I want for both my students and myself. I have particularities, therefore my classroom intentions attempt to address the areas in which I need to grow as an educator while also nurturing and employing my unique strengths. As the year progressed, my plans and intentions shifted and grew as I explored and analyzed my students’ and our community’s strengths and areas of growth. I document the ways that I provided both trellises to support my students in branching out and spotlights to highlight the gifts and skills they already brought to our classroom. Ultimately, I reflect on the ways that I implemented, adjusted, or adopted new pedagogies to the benefit or detriment of my students, our community, and myself.