1: Description of Students and the Learning Environment:
Thanks and a disclaimer: Several teachers completed a version of the CTC in the spring of 2000. Their work has provided the core of the samples below. We have, however, modified some of the selections to maintain confidentiality and to ensure that the samples reflect the revisions we have made in the instructions. Thanks to all the teachers who helped us with the original samples. Your input helped us make this a better process for all.
Portions of a description fit in a table--see sample below. Other elements might fit better in a narrative.
_____ Middle School is at Title 1 school located in a low socio- economic neighborhoods. Over 80% of the students receive free or reduced lunch. Last year, Governor BushÕs A+ Plan gave it a D grade. There are 23 students enrolled in ILAP. One of the most challenging issues in implementing lessons is the chronic truancy problem with about 9 of the girls. Their ages vary from 13 to 16 years old. The lowest reading level is 2.3 while the highest is 9.3. Most of the students are reading and writing below the 8th grade level. Five studentsÕ native language is Spanish. Four students attended alternative schools before attending _____. Due to students backgrounds and motivation, it is important that lessons are a hands on experience.
There is the library for the research part of the project. There is also a speaker from the SERVE who came to discuss Workforce Employment Opportunities. The equipment available is a video camera for the interviewing part of the lesson and an overhead projector.
The students at ____ are low socio-economic, 75% receive free and reduced lunch. The students in my classroom averaged a reading level of 1.2 at the beginning of the school year. This is about 6 months to one year below where they should be functioning at this time. Writing and reading go hand in hand, consequently teaching writing has proven to be a difficult task. This is a continuous progress multi-age school. Children move along a learning continuum according to their developmental level. This is to meet their individual needs.