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Analysis - Elizabeth Spartas During this past week I worked...

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Elizabeth Spartas During this past week I worked in a second grade classroom. I visit this particular classroom a few times a week, staying for about three hours each time. I feel that I experienced a successful cultural encounter, as I felt comfortable in the environment. The culture of the second grade classroom is different than the culture that I generally function in. While the classes I take place the teacher and the students on a bit more level fields, an elementary classroom presents the teacher in a different light. The social interactions between students and teachers are more formal. Not only that, but though the professor/teacher both are looking out for the students’ well being, the manner that this occurs is different, as the care taken with children is different than how one might treat a twenty year old. Also, by the time one enters an academic learning environment one has learned these social rules and cues. My place within the second grade classroom is also different, as I am neither student (in the sense that the children are) nor teacher. Rather reside at a level of authority barely below that of my master teacher. While she is my superior, our relationship is much closer than that of the relationship I have with any of my other professors. Though in many ways the culture of the classroom is similar, however there are some differences.
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2011 for the course EDU 300 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '09 term at BYU.

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