Hello again to all of my loyal followers! I apologize for not updating you with up to the minute breaking news, but I've been trying to absorb an entire country into my being in just two weeks. As you can imagine, it's not entirely possible. However, I have had the pleasure and the honor to sit in, listen, talk, and experience a world where teaching has so many doors that are always open for new experiences to any who are seeking them.
This was the main classroom that I stayed in for the majority of my time in the school.
Although the picture is slightly out of focus, I'm sure you can see the rooms that are connected to the classroom that I stayed in. The room in the back is a classroom where another member of my cohort stayed. The interconnecting room is actually a room to pull aside students that require extra help when dealing with a particular problem. I thought this was very interesting in how we view the topic of inclusion in classrooms. What stood out for me was how these rooms were connected by a door that could be easily opened by the students. This allows for the feeling that, although they may need to leave the main classroom for a certain time, they are never farther than a door away from the other students.
This bowl contains fruit that is provided for the class. Each student is given a fruit (apple, nectarine, etc.) once a week. This is provided by the city (maybe state?), and I thought it was a great way to keep the students focused on the idea of eating healthy.
This was something that I could never seem to get over, no matter how many times I saw it. The third grade classroom had all of their writing implements and everything else neatly tucked away for when they need to make use of them. I couldn't help but think of all of the pencil box cases that I had used in the past. They had always been so messy and disorganized. However, these were kept so immaculate that I felt that I needed to see if I could find one for myself during our excursions. As it so happens, I was lucky to purchase while in downtown Stuttgart the very next day!
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.