After elementary school the student then goes to one of three schools. The three types of schools are broken up into the different skills and content the student will then learn for their career.
"(1) Gymnasium for bright students headed for college, (2) Realschule for the next step down, kids headed for average or better white-collar positions, and (3) Hauptschule for the bottom tier, generally aimed at the trades and blue-collar jobs. By the age of 10 most pupils in Germany have been put on one of these three educational tracks. Although it is possible to switch tracks, this is not very common."
My Teaching Experience in a 3rd grade class- I was able to teach the students about the 4th of July. I felt this was an appropriate topic because July 4th just past while I was there. I read the class a book about our traditions in the United States for the 4th of July, the teacher checked for understanding because the class had limited english skills. Surprisingly the students were able to use context clues from the pictures and words they knew to figure out what the book was talking about. Then, the class made a “liberty hat” which was patriotic obviously. The students were so excited to make this hat, which made me excited! I cut paper plates in half, cut out triangles for the spikes, and then bought foam sticky decorative pieces they could use. Some students colored their paper plate while others got very creative with the stickers and spikes.