School of Visual
by Tracy Wu
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School of Visual
A senior (Ronald) came into the teachers lounge one
afternoon and asked we would sign a petition that he's
starting to get the seniors off-campus lunch. He had
written a proposal stating why seniors deserve off-campus
lunch and stipulations of how and whom can go off
campus (i.e. students must have a 75 average and get two
recommendations from an AP and a teacher.) He also set
consequences of what would happen if students abused
Teachers seem to agree that the students'
maturity levels are stuck in the middle school
years. As one teacher puts it, "If you walk the
halls of any other high schools, there will be a
Teachers also seem to agree that the students
see college not as a goal that you have to work
for, but as something that's just going to
happen. "Students think that they're going to
just go to college, like you go from middle
school to high school, or from 10th to 11th
In US History class, (the class I'm student
teaching), many of the students are holdovers.
The same students participate in class. Some
students put their heads down. Most all of the
students copy down notes, although, when I
ask students what they just copied down,
some of them don't know.
Some students don't copy down any notes,
but when I ask them about the material they
just covered, they give pertinent, intelligent
In a math class I observed, the teacher had the
students fill out student information sheets
asking them what their expectations were for
the class and what their favorite subjects in
Students responses include: "To pass the
class." Or that their favorite subjects were
lunch or that they had no favorite academic
Rated a "B" in "Student Performance" in the
09-10 Dept. of Ed. Progress Report.
Rated a "C" in "Student Progress" in the 09-10
NYC Dept. of Ed. Progress Report.
The principal who started the school retired
The new principal is implementing new polices
and a new frame work for evaluating teachers
based on the Charlotte Danielson rubric.
The school's goal this year is to improve the
students' literacy skills.
The school's English scores fall below
comparable schools in the area.
Starting the renovate the library.
The school has consistent Algebra and Living
Teachers don't have official co-teaching prep
times built into their schedules.
Bronx High School special ed teachers can't
readily acces the IEPs of the District 75
students in their classes.
Was rated an overall "B" during its 09-10
Generally older teachers who have been
teaching for a few years.
Teachers range from between 5 to 20 years of
In the classrooms I observed, all the teachers
went over expectations and rules of the class on
the first of class.
Several different teaching styles: some base
their classes around lectures while others try to
base their classes on activities. (Ms. Adalla -
Living Environment vs. Mr. Graham - US
One of the paras gave me half of her sandwich
on one of the first days when I forgot my lunch.
Students generally get to classes on time.
Security walk the halls during passing periods to
usher the students into classes.
Some student art decorates the halls but there
should be more art on the walls once the school
year gets started.
Was rated a "B" in "School Environment" in the
09-10 NYC Dept. Ed. Progress Report.