Unsere COST-Studentin von August bis Dezember 2009

Unsere COST-Studentin von August bis Dezember 2009

Nicht nur die Farben ihrer Uni passen gut zu unserer neuen Homepage, auch unsere neue COST-Studentin passt prima an die KLS! Sie absolviert zur Zeit den praktischen Teil ihrer Lehrerausbildung an der KLS. Ihr Schwerpunkt liegt im Elementarbereich, der in den USA bis zur 6. Klasse geht. So konzentriert sie sich hier im Englischunterricht auf die 5. und 6. Klassen, hilft in der Nachmittagsbetreuung aus und wird auch die 5. Klassen im November auf ihrer Klassenfahrt begleiten:

"Hi! My name is Kathleen Lashbrook, and I'm a student teacher here at KLS for the Fall 2009 term.  I'm in Cologne as part of a program called Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching (COST), which allows me to fulfill my necessary student teaching requirements while abroad.  I'm from Danville, Illinois- which is about two and a half hours south of Chicago by car.  Danville is a town of about 35,000 people, and I have lived there my whole life.  My mom teaches at an elementary school in Danville, and she is one of many teachers that inspired me to become a teacher myself.
   I am a Senior at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.  My major is Elementary Education (grades K-6) with a concentration in English.  From August 2006 – May 2009 I was on campus at school taking classes for my Elementary Education degree; after this semester of student teaching, I will be a certified teacher in Illinois.  During my three years on campus, I was actively involved in a community service organization, and was a member of an Education Honors Society. 
   When I was in 2nd grade, I absolutely loved my teacher, and that was the year I decided that I wanted to become a teacher, too.  I have always loved children, and I like the challenge of finding the best way to have an impact on each of them.  My certification will qualify me to teach any grade between Kindergarten and 6th grade; I will have one class of students for all subjects.  At this point, I have no preference for what grade level I would like to teach.
   Here at KLS I am teaching English primarily to 5th and 6th grade classes.  The situation here is different than what my job will be like back in the States, but I'm loving the experience!  I have had some real challenges with the language barrier between the students and myself, but it has pushed me to use a variety of teaching styles to overcome the need for all verbal communication.  When I get back to the United States, I will be able to bring a whole new perspective on world culture and communication to my future classrooms.  So far, I have loved my time here, and I am sure I will never forget this unbelievable experience!"

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