Archive for May, 2010

Student Story: Eileen

May 19th, 2010

My name is Eileen T. and I am a double major in wide-range education (birth to 21 years) and German.?During the 2010 spring semester, I was?blessed to work with several teachers at the Milwaukee German Immersion School as an independent study toward my education major.?I found through this experience that even after studying German for almost five years, it can sometimes be intimidating to step into a classroom where these children have been learning it at a much younger age and are already very fluent.?The most important things to remember are being confident in your skills and realizing that the teachers you are working with want to see you achieve and the students are excited for you just to spend time with them.

Eileen teaching at Milwaukee German Immersion School

Eileen teaching at Milwaukee German Immersion School

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I worked most closely under Melissa Arndt (Elias), a 2005 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran College and 3rd grade teacher at MGIS.?She was an exemplary model and I feel very fortunate to have been able to work with her.?She really engages the students and is very professional in how she carries out her classroom.?It’s wonderful to see the theories of our education classes in practice.?I also?worked in K4, K5, 1st, and 2nd grade classrooms and?had the pleasure of seeing some other very effective teachers in action as well.?It was very impressive to watch the language acquisition as the children grow up, and amazing to see that even though they just started the language, they cognitively spoke at the same level that they would be if they had been speaking it all their life.

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It was a wonderful blessing to tie my passion for German with my love of teaching in such a unique way.?After college, I hope to be able to teach at the German Immersion School.?I know the Lord will be guiding my footsteps and no matter where I go, he will find a way for me to use my talents.?

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Eileen is looking forward to a Study Abroad opportunity at the Goethe Institute in G?ttingen, Germany, where she will be taking a German culture and grammar class for eight weeks this summer.?She will be?writing a blog?while she is overseas.?She plans to graduate from WLC in December of 2011.?For more information about Milwaukee German Immersion School, visit its website.