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April 10, 2006

Connections between my site and the class

One thing I have noticed between my site and the readings I have read for class is that the students at the charter school (African Americans in the inner-city) have less school knowledge than thestudents I went to high school with in Stillwater. I haven't talked with the students enough to determine the reasons, but I have seen a girl with three kids, and found that a couple of kids I have worked with don't live with their parents; David Hilfiker mentioned these as reasons for poor school performance. Another connection is that many students miss school. Also, Hilfiker notes the oppurtunity to dismantle the ghettos by looking to other countries. I see much hope for these students as all that I have talked want to go to college or work in a well-paying career; there desire is in place, and there are many people concerned about the plight of people in ghettos.
But I haven't seen or heard of violence amongst these students, so that has been absent from what I read in Urban Injustice and Our America.

April 3, 2006

Week 11

Last Wednesday I worked with Letisha and Rodney on math. Letisha previously failed her standard math test by one question, which is very unfortunate. So, she has been reviewing material for her next test, a week from today. I felt bad, considering that date, because this week is her spring break, so I will not be able to work with her again before her test. She still had a few concepts to digest also. But, I feel she will pass the test as she has made progress, she planned to study befor Monday, and she is an intelligent young person. I really like her.
Rodney, on the other hand, can be difficult. He gives me some grief, even though I helped him previously with a paper he had due. Last Wednesday I worked with him on pre-algebra. Once he learned how to do the specific problems, he flew through the material, and in fact he did some problems he didn't need to do.
I was in a unique position in that I was working with two students at the same time. I was a little discouraged since I couldn't focus on Letisha, because she desires the help more than Rodney does.