Personal Teaching Experiences In Mike Rose's I Just Wanna Be Average

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In I Just Wanna Be Average, Mike Rose, a kid who got placed in the wrong school, conveys how his experiences in vocational school affected his and his fellow students and teachers life's (Rose 2). Rose includes important qualities that he sees in all of the kids he meets while in school, that show their true colors (Rose). Ken Harvey, a student that stood out to Rose, poses the statement, “I just wanna be average” (Rose 3), which then causes Rose to think about how “tremendously disorienting” school actually was for him (Rose 3). He was then informed by a teacher that caught on to his intelligence, that he would be moving to a college prep school. Rose was underprepared for when he got placed into the college prep setting, and blames his teachers for not caring enough to teach him (Rose 2). He struggled with the transition from vocational school to college prep, and it made him question his knowledge (Rose 2). While in school, Rose meets a teacher who changes his perspective on education, for the better, and therefore changes his path in life from then on (Rose 6). Through my personal teaching experience, I can confirm and supplement what Rose states about balancing students, relationships, and the stress of grades. An important thing to keep in mind is that if you set a certain expectation for your class or for yourself, your students will attempt to reach that goal, or “will float to the mark you set” (Rose 2). “But mostly the teachers had no idea of how to engage the

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