My trip to Germany is officially complete and I can't believe how fast my time here passed. Looking back at the last two and a half weeks it seems like just yesterday I was arriving in Berlin. However, looking back I am so impressed with all the things I've accomplished within this time. I was able to see numerous amazing, historical sites, travel on my own and take on a whole new city. I learned so many things about my myself, culture and education throughout this experience.
In the classroom, sitting in a German class I realized how stressful and overwhelming it must be to a English language learner. I felt very overwhelmed and lost sitting throughout German courses while I was in the school. It makes me even more impressed that these students learn German and English and do it so well. I think it's amazing how these students learn a second language starting in first grade compared to the United States. I wish I had the opportunity to learn a second language earlier on. Remembering how overwhelmed I felt will help me better educate and plan future lessons for any students I have beginning to learn English. In my placement last semester, there were a few students who were learning English in the fourth grade. All the English vocabulary words had to be put into 5-7 other languages in order to help meet everyone's needs. I was so impressed with my mentor teacher's ability to modify her lesson to benefit everyone. With these two experiences I will be able to understand the struggle my students are facing and try my hardest to help them.
I fell in love with Germany on this trip. I will definitely be heading back here in a few years to visit. I am very grateful to have had this opportunity and I am so upset that this chapter is finally coming to an end. Next stop: Paris!