I first noticed when we first got off the bus that the school was not in the best part of the city. I saw lot of rundown buildings, but there was a lot of cool and interesting street art as we walked to the school. As I expected they had us go through metal detectors which I understood why we had to, but it wasn’t a big issue for me. Since I am a Tech. Ed major I had the opportunity to see one of the Photoshop classes that were being taught. I will further explain this in another post, but I will say I was very surprised with all the equipment they had. When I was inside the classroom I saw 3 3D printers, a Versa Laser printer, and a huge drafting and cad lab with computers and drafting tables. This was a huge surprise to me because I really did not expect this school to have the same equipment we have at ISU. Since funding is a challenge in an urban school I just assumed that this school would not have these types of things in their class. One thing that really did surprise me about the two Tech teachers I got to see was none of them had a Tech. Ed. Degree! To me this was insane because I could tell while I was in the class that these teachers did not have all the skills necessary to teach these types of classes. It was a little upsetting and heartbreaking, but at least they had the tech classes up in running and the teachers did do a great job at teaching the material. I think that not a lot of tech. teachers ever want to end up in CPS school plus with the huge shortage of tech. ed. Teachers this school was willing to take anyone with some knowledge of their content. I think of the assets of these urban schools is that they get teachers who really care about these students and want them to succeed despite having the issues they have. I could tell that the teacher I observed was very passionate about what she taught and would do anything to help her students inside and outside of schools.