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Author Archives: Jason D. Smith

In School in Germany: Children of Divorced Parents

    This entry starts off with a quote to keep in mind: Life is one long tunnel with uncertainty awaiting you. Run as far as you can go and you will be rewarded for your efforts. The key to success is to have a permanent support group that is there for you whenever you … Continue reading »

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Respect

Over the weekend, as I was working on a piece for my column, a thought came across my mind as to how to define the word Respect. Respect is a term that seems to be undervalued and misunderstood more often than not, especially when you deal with different environments, such as schools, on business trips, … Continue reading »

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In School in Germany: Early School Starts

  It will not be long before the next school year starts in Germany, for after two months off, many states are starting their school year on August 31st; in states, such as Bavaria, they are starting even later. Parents have already begun to prepare for the Einführungsfeiern (The Induction into elementary school) for the … Continue reading »

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Tribute to Robin Williams

Somewhere on the beaches of Travemünde (in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein), where kite-flying is one of the most popular sports to find along the Baltic Sea, traces of Robin Williams will be found, either in a form of kites, or the sound of the radio with his voice on there, doing his finest impersonations, … Continue reading »

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In School in Germany: Teaching Latin

There is a German saying that is stressed in the classroom at both the university as well as in school:   You don’t know about history unless you’ve mastered Latin.   Yet this argument can be encountered with that of Latin not being relevant to the curriculum:   Latin is dead, and so is Caesar! … Continue reading »

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In School in Germany: English Exams

  To start off this entry, here is a question for all educators teaching foreign languages: Does your school offer foreign language proficiency exams? If so, for which grades (Germ.: Klasse) and what do these exams consist of?  For those who do not have a foreign language exam, should schools offer it and if yes, … Continue reading »

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Guessing Quiz Answers: Architectural History

                                             Co-produced with Sister Column, The Bridgehunter’s Chronicles A few months ago, the Flensburg Files and sister column the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles produced a two-article series on architectural and infrastructural history and their place in … Continue reading »

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In School in Germany: Bilingual Teaching from the School’s perspective: An interview

In the last entry on bilingual teaching  in Germany, the author discussed the benefits and drawbacks of teaching a subject in a foreign language from his own experience, as well as tips for teachers willing to and planning on teaching a bilingual class in the future. To summarize briefly, bilingual teaching can be beneficial if … Continue reading »

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In School in Germany: Teaching Geography

This class is the first of many in the series on topics that should be taught in US schools from the point of view of the teacher observing classes at a German school. The first topic deals with Geography. OK fellow Americans (and especially fellow Iowans and Minnesotans), before we get started with the subject … Continue reading »

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In School in Germany: Bilingual Teaching in the Classroom: An Author’s Perspective

  This is a continuation of the series of Bilingual Teaching, the introduction of which can be viewed here. Books closed. Exams completed. Chapter closed.  A sigh of relief for the pupils in the Gymnasium. Now moving onto the next chapter- but this time in your native tongues, please.   Having taught history in English, … Continue reading »

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