Ob Weihnachtsmärkte oder ein Besuch im ELDE-Haus, Globalisierung und Filmanalyse im Unterricht oder das Näherbringen amerikanischer Kultur, die Begeisterung unserer amerikanischen COST-Studentin Kassidy Harvey hat uns angesteckt und den Unterricht bereichert. Hier ihre Rückmeldung zu ihren Erfahrungen:
„Hello! My name is Kassidy Harvey, and I will be graduating in just a few days from The University of Alabama. After graduating I will be returning home to Memphis, Tennessee to I begin my career as a high school English Language Arts teacher. After all of the wonderful experiences I have had over the course of this semester I am beyond excited to finally be one step closer to having a classroom of my own.
As I look back on my time in Cologne, it feels almost surreal to me that it has come to an end. I will never forget the excitement I felt the day I got my placement and found out that I had the unbelievable opportunity to spend two months student teaching in Germany. I am so incredibly thankful to every teacher that so graciously opened their door to me and allowed me to be a part of their class. I must admit that I was quite nervous coming to Germany seeing as though I had never been to Europe before, but all of my fears soon subsided with the hospitality and helpfulness of everyone I met.
During my time in Cologne, I had the opportunity to work with 7th through 12th grade English classes that covered a variety of subjects. Before coming to Germany, the most grades I had ever taught at a time was four, so moving to six grades simultaneously was quite a large jump. This gave me unique insight into grade differentiation and allowed me a bounty of experience planning for students of all ages. Additionally, I had the opportunity to teach topics outside the realm of what is typically taught in a language arts class such as government, politics, globalization, and film analysis. My experiences at KLS have greatly impacted my development as a future educator and broadened my horizons and worldview. I am so thankful for all of my wonderful students for accepting me with open arms and allowing me to teach them about my beautiful country.
As I look back on my time in Cologne, I cannot help but think about how lucky I am to have gotten to be here during the start of the Christmas season. I had heard tales of the magic of German Christmas markets, so getting to experience them first-hand was a dream come true. I loved learning about German culture throughout my time here and especially enjoyed experiencing the culture through the cuisine. I must admit that it has been quite difficult to adjust to not having a bakery on every corner anymore. During my time abroad, I had the opportunity to travel to Hamburg, Bremen, Schwerin, and London, and I am already looking forward to coming back to Europe one day to travel even more.
I am so thankful to have had this opportunity, and I can say with assurance that it will make me a better teacher in the years to come. Thank you to everyone who made my stay in Cologne so wonderful. I miss you all already!”
Wir vermissen sie auch und wünschen ihr für die Zukunft alles Gute.