Monday, May 12, 2014

Day 15: May 5th, 2014

This week we get to teach at the local elementary school in Herbern! I have been looking forward to this!I want to experience teaching elementary school students in Germany. We were at a school called Marienschule Herbern. There are many things that are different from the elementary schools in the United States.

1. Shorter days; the students get out at 1:15 or earlier each day
2. They don't have the same class everyday
3. They get long breaks after two classes. The first break is 30 minutes and the next one is 25 minutes.
4. The students start learning English in the 1st grade; only speaking in 1st and 2nd and then writing in 3rd and 4th grade.

We taught two lessons today, both over the American Flag or Americkanische Flagge in German! The students really enjoyed the class. It was difficult trying to explain what we were saying. We quickly picked up on using signals to demonstrate what we were wanting the students to do.

After school Emily, Jennay, and I went back to my house for lunch. There we planned all of our lessons for the week. Later that evening I road around with Franzi on bikes to go watch Lea's soccer practice and go to the supermarket to pick up some items. It was nice riding around Herbern on a bike. I felt like a real German!

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