As far as titles go, I feel that one is the most appropriate. Although my cohort and I have been in Germany for less than a week, it has felt a lot longer than I thought would be possible. We made our way from Buffalo to Toronto, Toronto to Ireland, Ireland to Berlin, and we have just made it to Stuttgart today. The trip has been amazing, and we still have over a week left!
Have you ever tried to navigate a public transport system when you didn't really know the language? It can be frustrating when mistakes are made, disheartening when you find out that you made a mistake, and challenging since sometimes you just end up going with a gut feeling. However, it feels incredible when you can get to a destination by utilizing what is in front of you and using your reasoning to figure out what you need to do. It didn't appear to me at first, but I imagine this can be the case when we have students that are adjusting to English as a second language in the classroom. They can see the words in front of them, but they require help in order to process the information that is right at their finger tips. I hope to bring this thinking with me when I return to the states.
This bear statue has the Berlin subway map printed over its body. It was quite a delight to find and use to the group's benefit.
We were lucky to see a section of the Berlin Wall during our second day in Berlin. It was incredible to think how this one wall separated an entire city where friends and families could die just for wanting to see or be next to the people that they love. When we saw the wall, it did not look like anything you might expect. One side was covered in a variety of graffiti while the other was covered in murals. Unfortunately, those beautiful murals were covered up in a variety of graffiti as well.
Welcome to the Reichstag! This building houses the German Parliament, and allows visitors to travel to the roof and view the city. It's very impressive to learn of the history of this building and the city as well through the audio tour that is provided before you step out onto the roof. It really is quite amazing to think of all of the decisions and plans that have borne fruit due to the people that worked hard for a better tomorrow in this building.
Here are a few members of the cohort in one of the many rooms that were shown to us by Herr Kupper at Nurtingen University. It was amazing to see the differences in how education is taught in different countries. The room in this photo was a supply room for the teacher candidates to examine ideas for how they may teach a lesson in a classroom. I could not get over how simple this ideas was, yet I have never seen it used anywhere else. I intend to use what I learned here in order to bring about some ideas back home that will hopefully bring about change for the better for teacher candidates at the college.
Although we may only have just over a week left, I can't imagine the adventures and exciting things that will be in store for us tomorrow! I can't wait to see all of the incredible things that will be coming our way!
Hello everyone! My name is Dan, and I am an undergraduate in
the Elementary Education program at SUNY Buffalo State. My goal is to graduate
with a concentration in English, and move forward into the professional career
of teaching. I’m very excited to be taking this trip to Germany, and I can’t
wait to show you all of the incredible things that I’ll learn while I am there.