Als Basketball Coach und Schwimmtrainerin waren unsere beiden COST-Studentinnen von der Ohio University aktiv, wenn sie uns nicht im Englischunterricht der Klassen 5 bis 11 unterstützt haben. Michelle Goble und Paige Kerrigan haben sich schnell in Köln und an der KLS eingelebt und sich nicht gescheut, Herausforderungen anzunehmen. Neben der Analyse von Kurzgeschichten und Reden in der 10, Bewerbungstraining in der 9 oder dem Aufbau einer Brieffreundschaft der 8er mit Gleichaltrigen in den USA, haben die beiden auch den Sport an der KLS tatkräftig unterstützt und den Schülern auch auf diesem Gebiet neue Vokabeln beigebracht.
Die 6a hat sich über intensives Schwimmtraining mit Miss Goble gefreut und die Basketballmannschaft kann jetzt beruhigt in die Schulmeisterschaften im neuen Jahr gehen, nachdem sie mit Miss Kerrigan so intensiv trainiert hat:
"Hi! My name is Paige Kerrigan and I am a student teacher here at KLS for the fall of 2013. I am in Cologne for one semester with a program called Consortium of Overseas Student Teaching (COST). I am from Falls Church, Virginia which is about 5 minutes away from the nation’s capitol, Washington D.C. After I complete my student teaching here in Cologne, I will be graduating from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. I am an Integrated Language Arts Education major focusing on the grades 7th-12th.
At University, I was very involved with campus organizations and I worked with kids at an after school program who needed help, socially, behaviorally, or academically. At home, I work at a summer camp called, Congressional Day Camp. I have been working there for 8 years. I have always loved working with children of all ages and this guided me to pursue a future in education.
At KLS, I have been in a 5th, 6th, two 8th, and 10th grade classes teaching English. I have loved working with all age levels and grades. Each class had something special to offer. I know I learned the same amount if not more from my students than they learned from me. Although the language barrier was tough, it helped me learn some German words and taught my kids how to only speak in English. Due to my background in sports and mainly in basketball, I also coached the boy’s basketball team from November to December. This was a very exciting experience and I hope the boys do great in their tournament in the winter. When teaching back in the United States, I will bring new ideas and concepts that I have learned here. I will teach the students about new cultures and traditions so they can develop a stronger perspective on the world. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience here in Cologne. I will never forget the teachers and students who help guide me through this unbelievable experience. I will return to Cologne one day and I thank you for this unforgettable time in my life!
As I sit down to write this, I cannot believe that time has flown by so quickly. It seems like just yesterday I was packing my bags preparing to leave for this amazing journey. Before I left, I tried to picture myself here and I really had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know what kind of people I would meet, how teaching would go, or how much this experience would change my life. Looking back on my experience, I know this is something I will never forget and that this experience has changed my life for the better."
"My name is Michelle Goble and I am in my fourth year at Ohio University, USA. I am majoring in Integrated Language Arts, which is teaching reading and writing to students in grades 7-12, and I am also minoring in English. I was born and raised in Bellefontaine, Ohio, which is a small town an hour northwest of Columbus.
My whole life I have always enjoyed traveling and had hoped that someday I could spend a significant amount of time abroad. I found my opportunity with the COST program. As soon as I heard about the COST program and how I could student teach abroad, I fell in love immediately. I decided to put Germany down as my number one choice because I wanted the chance to teach in a completely new and different place and experience an amazing culture. At first I was a little nervous because I did not speak any German, but I found that the people were very accepting and spoke English quite well! I know that this experience has helped me learn about different cultures and has taught me how to better teach English to non-native speakers.
Throughout my experience at KLS I got to observe and help out teaching in many different grades. I was placed in a 7th, 8th,9th, 10th, and 11th grade English class room. I also I got the opportunity to help teach swimming lessons to the 6th graders. All of my grades we very unique and I found myself enjoying each one. Teaching the 6th graders swimming was fun because I have grown up swimming my whole life and hope to someday coach swimming, too. The students are still in the process of learning English so it helped me teach swimming in a new way that I haven’t done before. I also enjoyed teaching my 7th and 8th graders. I have never taught this age group before because I always thought I would enjoy teaching the older students more. Now that I have had the opportunity to teach all different age groups, I realize that I also really enjoy teaching the 7th and 8th grade. I also enjoyed teaching the upper levels too, I enjoyed coming up with creative activities that helped inspire the students to learn. For example, the 10th graders participated in a Balloon Debate and my 9th graders practiced with mock interviews. Overall I found that I was placed in very good classes that helped me to become a better teacher.
Now, I found myself packing my bags again preparing to go back home and I am realizing that I am not ready to leave. But just as Dr. Seuss quotes, “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened,” I too will smile in remembrance of this amazing opportunity. Going abroad and leaving friends and family isn’t always the easiest decision to make, but it is a decision that has pushed me to want to see what the world has to offer and experience as much as I can. This program has become so much more than just another teaching experience, it has grown to shape my life and I know that it will forever change me to enjoy the little things in life and appreciate everything that is offered. I want to thank the students and faculty members of KLS for making this a great experience for me, one that I will never forget. Until next time, Michelle Goble
Wir werden die beiden sicherlich so schnell nicht vergessen und wünschen ihnen alles Gute für ihre Zukunftspläne und hoffen, dass sie uns bald mal wieder besuchen!