April 17, 2000
Dear Sir or Madam,
Laura Lake as a volunteer instructor at the Cranbrook Institute of
Science during the winter, 2000 semester. She team taught on half day per
week as part of our 12 week Science at Cranbrook (SAC) Program. SAC brings
fifth and sixth graders from the tri county area for four full days of
immersion in 21 hands-on science classes. Different schools come each week,
allowing the instructors the opportunity to hone their teaching skills and
experiment with a variety of teaching methods.
Along with her peers, Ms. Lake taught the Rocks and Minerals and the
Water Quality class, each for six weeks. In Rocks and Minerals, students
learned the six-part definition of minerals, how minerals differ from rocks,
how they are identified and then conducted experiments to identify unknown
In the second class, through a series of hands-on activities, students
created a water purification cycle, understanding aeration, deposition,
filtration, chlorination and sewage treatment.
Ms. Lake worked with her team teachers to develop various discipline
styles, learning many useful skills for future teaching responsibilities.
She was professional in her teaching and her commitment to the program. Ms.
Lake received suggestions and advice well and was always courteous and
conscientious. She developed lesson enhancements and used them in class. Ms.
Lake had perfect attendance.
- Natalia Krawec Hanks
- Coordinator of Multi-Visit Programs