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3-Knowing Your Students

Learning about your students - Photographic - electronic student records

Most secondary school teachers must learn the names of 150-200 students at the beginning of each academic year. This formidable task is made much easier using a photographic seating chart.

  • Use a digital camera to make a seating chart for one of the classes you teach or for this class at CSUN.

                                                                        SED 514f2012- Our Class

(2) Student Information surveys - Survey tools

Use a Google form or similar survey tool to construct an online first day of school student questionnaire to get to know your students. Share 3 of your questions with the 514 class (results). Conduct your own "First Day of School Survey" and obtain at least three entries from others. Your survey should include a variety of question types (e.g. multiple choice, checklist, scale, paragraph, etc.)

  • Provide a link to the survey form

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  • Provide a link to the survey results (Make certain it is set for public viewing)

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  • Provide a link to the survey summary (Make certain it is set for public viewing).

            ***LINK: Survey Summary Link***

(3) Making computers accessible to students

Given the importance of computers in business and society, it is important that we provide students who have special needs access via specialized software and hardware. .

  • Experiment with the universal access features associated with your computer's operating system and/or third-party hardware and software solutions for those with special needs. Describe three hardware and/or software solutions and explain how they may help students with specific special needs. 

            Slow Keys- 
                              Slow keys is an amazing feature for those who may have physical disabilities or problems with              
                              typing. This feature allows the typist to determine how long they can/will hold the key down before
                              it is accepted by the computer. For example, if someone suffers from carpal tunnel, they will be 
                              able to change the typing setting so that they can type normally without the computer repeating             
                              the letter typed (if their finger remains on the letter for more time.) 

            Screen Flash- 
                                On a Macintosh computer, sometimes certain apps need attention. This occurs if the user is 
                                downloading something or purchasing a song through iTunes. There is an option to set up a     
                                "beeping" sound so that it will grab your attention, but Screen Flash is a feature that can be 
                                used for the hard of hearing. This feature will flash the entire screen much like the flash of a 
                                camera. This will allow the user to be notified that something on their machine needs attention.

                                This feature can be used by those who have a visual impairment. The zoom feature offers a     
                                closer look at any page that you are browsing at the time. All that is required is holding down the 
                                control button and zooming in with you mouse pad. This feature can be used to see text closer 
                                or see a smaller picture up close. 

(4) Knowing your School

Teachers should have a good understanding of their school, students, and the communities they represent. Much statistical data can be gained using online resources.

  • Develop a written profile of your school and students. Your profile should include the following:                 South Pasadena High School was opened in 1906. The student body of 9th-12th graders is made up of roughly 1,518 students. The high school is located in a semi-residential area, yet right in the middle of downtown South Pasadena and serves a very mixed population. SPHS offers summer and employment opportunities and stresses family connection to the school offering services and content, including online tutors. Most all of the students live in the area and do very low commuting. SPHS is central to many major Universities in the area, and also community colleges. SPHS is a Title 1 School that offers a balanced schedule, gifted and talented program and bilingual education.

  • School distinctives : School history, distinctives and goals. This information can be derived from the school website.
    • Mission and Vision Statements
    • Community in which school is located: Describe your campus and its community usingsatellite photos and maps. Using the photos, describe the nature of the community (commercial, apartments, single family homes, industry, etc.)
  • South Pasadena High School
  • 1401 Fremont Avenue
  • South Pasadena, CA
  • 91030-3809

Map & Satellite Photos

    • Socioeconomic status: Include maps showing the socioeconomic status (SES) of the communities contributing students to your school. Discuss two or more prominent SES characteristics of the school population.
South Pasadena High School is located right under the name Pasadena in the maps shown below

  • These graphs show that the community of South Pasadena 
    is very wealthy in Per Capita and also very educated. 
    The majority of residents living in South Pasadena 
    come from families of wealth that we once part of San Marino. 
    South Pasadena-San Marino was the name of the high school in the area in the 40's-50's. 
    It has now been divided into two high schools serving their own area. 

    • School performance: Include test scores and the Academic Performance Index of your school. Discuss the academic climate of your school, including test scores, API, change in scores, dropout rate, English learners, students requiring special education, etc.

South Pasadena High School's API for 2012 was 894, up from 2011's score of 886. 
About 63% of the school is of Asian descent and 53% Caucasian descent. 
 There are a total of about 60+ language learners in the entire high school and 
about 12+ dropouts an academic school year. 
SPHS had a growth of 8 point from last years API to this year and has
overcome their growth target for the year as well. 

(5) College Advisement

Secondary teachers often have the opportunity to advise students on decisions pertaining to college. In many environments, teachers are the only individuals students know who have been to college.

  • Describe a real or hypothetical student (interests, family SES, personality) who is interested in pursuing a career in a field related to what you teach. Recommend a major and 4-year college and explain the rationale for your recommendation using information found on college websites. Provide active links to the colleges, and quote relevant information.

Carlos is a freshman in high school and comes from a Spanish speaking family. 
At 14 years old, Carlos has very little knowledge of Spanish, since his parents
 believed that because he was born in the US, he should only learn English. 
Carlos' family is in the lower economic class and receives food stamps in order to buy food. 
As one of five children, Carlos doesn't receive adequate attention at home, 
but must work a part time job to help ends meet. Carlos' only wish for his education
 is to be able to study abroad and learn more about his native language, 
but does not have the funds to do so. I would recommend to Carlos that he look 
into one of the 10 UC campuses in California, particularly UC, Santa Barbara 
because of its rich Hispanic culture. Each campus offers an amazing study abroad
 program for the Spanish language. Carlos would have his choice to travel to
 Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, or Spain. All credits count for his bachelor's
 degree at his home university and all study abroad programs offer amazing 
scholarship and grant opportunities, as well at the University. 

  • Provide a paragraph of advice to the parents of this student regarding financing college. Consider their financial and family situation.

Since there is not enough money to send your son, Carlos, to college, he will need financial assistance. I would recommend that Carlos save part of his income from his part time job so that he could perhaps pay for some of his books and materials. I would also recommend as the parents, that you research financial aid and grant options. Please also keep an eye on Carlos' grades because there are many academic scholarships that are offered to those who qualify. Ask Carlos if there are small ways that he can save some extra money such as car washes with his school, babysitting, or mowing lawns. Thank you for investing in your son's future.