The fourth week of LTIP brought to culmination our time at De La Salle Middle School in North St. Louis. Each morning began with one hour of class at Glencoe, then we drove to De La Salle and the LTIPers spent the next three hours in field experience (or clinicals) with their cooperating teacher and students. Once that was completed we had lunch at CBC and then two to two-and-a half hours of class. Our classes this past week ranged from state standards, to school law, to conducting a class (micro-teaching) on a specific topic dealing with the history of education The rest of the afternoons were free until dinner.
On Friday, each LTIP participant received his first evaluation from his De La Salle cooperating teacher, as well as thank-you notes from their and students. It all concluded in a final basketball game with the boys. Friday evening was spent downtown St. Louis and a trip to the top of the Arch.
A few highlights from last week:
Eric: “When interviewing a student I asked if there was anything else he wanted. He paused and asked if I could stay another week.”
Sam: “Tutoring and working one-on-one with the kids…seeing how they learn and discovering their personality was a highpoint for me.”
Kory: “I helped some students create a volcano and then conducted an experiment with them showing how it erupts.”
Marek: “Getting to know a student…and how she spoke about her father’s death was very moving for me. I also really enjoyed helping my students with math.”
Joe: “The opportunity to interview students and realize how important it is to let them know we care. I was also made aware that one of my students, who plays baseball, always had to borrow a glove, but I had the resources to get him his own.”
-Bro. Pat Conway, LTIP Director and Instructor