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In School in Germany: Substitute Teachers or Flexible Class Schedule?

What happens when your teacher is sick and the planned course schedule for that particular day has to be postponed or cancelled? This question may be a no-brainer to some, yet inquiring minds want to know. With the increase in absences because of illness among the teachers due to stress (some resulting from burn-out syndrome) … Continue reading »

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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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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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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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In School in Germany: Is President Obama too American?

Frage für das Forum:  Is President Barack Obama too American or too International? Two years left until he finishes his second and final term as President of the United States and soon, we will be looking at the legacy of President Barack Obama. Once loved by many Americans and Europeans alike because he was a … Continue reading »

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Newsflyer: 11 June, 2014

Giant Storm Causes Widespread Damage throughout Germany.  World Cup in Brazil in Full Gear.  Hamburg SV Handball Team Finished? Getting off the train this morning at Erfurt Central Station in central Thuringia, passengers received a shock of their lives, as the sounds of thunder and lightning made the state capital sound like warfare going on. … Continue reading »

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In School in Germany: Mini-presentations

Question for teachers of foreign languages, history, social studies and even classes dealing with religion and culture: when preparing a topic that is complex and difficult to handle, how do you approach it? Do you divide them up into subpoints and provide them with materials and activities or do you provide a question-answer session pertaining … Continue reading »

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In School in Germany: Graduation from School in Germany Part I

Confetti, make-up, dance music, competition between seniors and teachers. That is the subject of this blog entry for today is the last day of school for seniors at the Gymnasium, where I’m student-teaching, and we had the chance to say good-bye to them as they threw a party for all pupils and staff members alike. … Continue reading »

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In School in Germany: History and Literature DO Mix.

  Historic Fiction- a term that many people should know about when becoming teachers. This type of genre features a fictitious story with characters that do not exist in real life, but whose background and setting exists in reality. Tens of thousands of such literary works, published in the past 15 years, can be found … Continue reading »

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