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Degree Name

MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

First Advisor

Ryland White


This Course-Linked Capstone is a reflective analysis of one teacher’s journey leading up to and working as an Exploratory French Instructor at Brattleboro Area Middle School during the 2015-2016 academic school year. It discusses her background as an educator in alternative learning environments as well as the conceptual frameworks studied in SIT Training courses that became, through the development of personal guiding principles, the foundation of her educational practice. Case study examples from her practicum illustrate how these frameworks and principles influenced her and the students’ experiences of transitioning from a banking form of education to student-centered learning. In conclusion, this paper provides an overview of lessons learned, where progress can be made, and presents insight for practitioners seeking to transform their classrooms into what bell hooks termed “radical spaces of possibility.”


Curriculum and Instruction | Educational Methods | Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching | Language and Literacy Education | Other Teacher Education and Professional Development | Secondary Education and Teaching | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education | Teacher Education and Professional Development


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