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LTIP: Week 3

Sam with one of his students at De La Salle at St. Matthew's

Sam with one of his students at De La Salle at St. Matthew’s

This week in LTIP we had a more relatively structured week in comparison to the previous two. During the week we started each day in the classroom at Glencoe, where we were paired up with another LTIP member and began discussing the State Standards of Education. These standards of education cover everything in which a teacher must have complete understanding and knowledge of before he/she becomes a teacher in a given state, in this case Minnesota or Illinois. We wrote summaries on each of the standards in our own words, by interpreting what we thought the standards meant. Then we created what is known as a “KWL” chart which is a way in which we as students discover what we already  know (K) about the subject at hand, what we want (W) to know, and then what we have learned (L). We filled out the “K” and “W” portions of the KWL charts and are waiting until the end of the LTIP program to fill out what we have learned. During the classes we also received an assignment which was a paper on the history of education, where we each chose a topic on some event or person that effected education as we know it today. We had to discuss what the event or person did to impact education, and what lasting effect it has had on the educational community. Also throughout the classes we had time to reflect on what we had done in previous days, how the trip has been going for each of us individually, and our thoughts concerning the next several weeks.

Joe and one of his students.

Joe and one of his students.

After our classes which ended around 11:30 each morning, we would have lunch at Glencoe and then shortly after we would hop into the van and head out to De La Salle at St. Matthews. Once there we would each split up to our teacher that we were assigned to, and we would then assist them with anything that they needed help with, whether that was grading papers, passing out assignments, helping the children with their studies or even teaching a lesson in some cases. Many times the teacher would send us out into the gymnasium area with a small group of kids in order to work on the assignment given in class. When working with the kids we would help them with reading, writing, science, and math in many cases, often times just giving them a little bit of assistance on the homework.

Working as a group one evening and downloading the e-folio format

Working as a group one evening and downloading the e-folio format

During the week we learned how the teachers as well as how the school operates on a weekly basis. We were able to observe classes and take notes on classroom management skills, the subject matter being taught, instructional practices the teachers use, and most importantly how to effectively teach these young students with their different learning abilities. I think most of the learning for the members of LTIP came when we had hands-on experience and were able to work with the kids directly. We were able to get an idea of how to assist them in their learning, so that they could gain a full understanding of the material. In this way we were able to gauge where the student was in that particular area, and then assist them when they were beginning to struggle with the material.

Kory McDonald, SMU LTIP Participant

At a BBQ with the Lasallian Volunteers at the Claver House community

At a BBQ with the Lasallian Volunteers at the Claver House community

A little recreation in the Glencoe gym

A little recreation in the Glencoe gym

This week's blogger, Kory, with Jenn Tyndall, DLS teacher and former LV

This week’s blogger, Kory, with Jenn Tyndall, DLS teacher and former LV

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LTIP 2013: Week One

Kory, Breandan, Marek, Eric, Joe, and Sam

Kory, Breandan, Marek, Eric, Joe, and Sam

LTIP Cohort 6: Marek Blezinski (Lewis and St. Pat’s HS), Eric Doyle (SMU),Kory McDonald (SMU), Joe Miley (SMU and Cretin-Derham Hall), Breandan Rook (Lewis and De La Salle Institute), and Sam Vetch (SMU).

On Sunday May 12 three other students from Saint Mary’s University and I left for Chicago to join up with two students from Lewis University for a summer program called the Lasallian Teacher Immersion Program (LTIP). Throughout the course of the week we have done many things from learning to cook to meeting the administrators, teachers, and students we’ll be working with at De La Salle Middle School in North St. Louis.  However, the three that impacted me the most would be general course work  (46 hours this past week), meeting the De La Salle students, learning the history of the Brothers and the Lasallian movement, and learning to cook from the Brothers.

LTIPers with culinary expert, Bro. Frank Carr

LTIPers with culinary expert, Bro. Frank Carr

Because we will be spending a lot of time in classrooms and working one-on-one with students we had to learn about the history of the classroom very early on.  As Brother Pat said “I have to really front load some of the coursework this first week because we will be spending so much time in classrooms later on.”  We have learned about the history of segregation in the classroom along with issues of sexual harassment and abuse and how to appropriately handle them.  At the end of most days Brother Larry and Brother Frank taught us about the history of the Christian Brothers and how to cook and live in community, both of which we can apply to the rest of our lives.  Over all it has been a very fun and eventful week filled with a lot of learning.

With Principal Phil Pusateri at De La Salle at St. Matthew's in St. Louis

With Principal Phil Pusateri at De La Salle at St. Matthew’s in St. Louis

My personal highlight of the week would have to have been when we first met the students where we will be doing our field experience/clinicals.  They were super excited to see us and introduce themselves.  During their break before lunch they wanted us to start playing basketball with them.  Before long most of us on LTIP were in an awesome game of 5 on probably 10, but I think we still might have won.  It was just amazing to see how excited these students were to just be around us, and for me, to think about how we will be working with them for the next three weeks.  I can’t wait to start working with the students this week where, hopefully, I will learn as much about how to teach and handle a classroom as they will when I work with them in reading.

Eric Doyle, SMU

Founders Day Prayer Service with Glencoe and St. Peter Claver communities

Founders Day Prayer Service with Glencoe and St. Peter Claver communities

At Cardinals game

At Cardinals game

LTIPers with one of their presenters

LTIPers with one of their presenters

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