Teaching is like Christmas morning...sort of.

Trip Start Nov 10, 2013
Trip End Dec 10, 2013

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Flag of Germany  , North Rhine-Westphalia,
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Today I had the opportunity to teach my first lesson to a sixth grade class at Anne Frank Gymnasium. I was absolutley terrified and excited and anxious and everything else one could imagine when faced with teaching students where a language barrier is present. The lesson was a review of the future "going to" tense, which any American will tell you is something we instinctually use  without knowing the name for it. It began pretty well, I asked the students about their reading and the characters present. The students, thankfully and beautifully, were very eager to answer the questions and read the text out loud! I absolutely loved it! And of course there's a group of three little boys in the front of the room causing a mess (but it's so cute). They each were eager to participate, but I think more for the sake that I am a "new teacher" and not so much for content. The next class I went to is planning on creating an American breakfast. There was a discussion had as to what "American Food" is, and the students told me they view American food as being hamburgers, hotdogs, steak, and McDonalds (and KFC). I told them we think of Schneitzel (sp?) potatoes, and saurkruat. They of course thought that was hilarious; I, however,was mortified that American cuisine is simply fast-food...but I guess it sort of is. The students are making pancakes, bagels, waffles, eggs, and toast on Thursday for this. They all seemed very eager to bring something and find recipes, but what student  isn't excited to have a "food day" in class.  
    After this, a group of us decided to take the train into the city of Dortmund. 
    And if you don't know Dortmund, you don't know German Football (soccer). Dortmund is THE team. My host family loves them, almost everyone I know loves them. And now I love them, well I will when I see them play.
    Back to the city, not the team. Dortmund was a really great place to see. They have started building the small buildings for the Christmas Market and this huge Christmas tree that will be completed next week. I am so excited to see the markets and whatnot. Regarding the train we took to get there, it was amazing. Using the rail system is highly effecient, and I wish we had more of opportunity to do so in America, at the very least Kentucky should adopt this. It's a very unique experience.
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