The teacher walks into the classroom and when they want the students to pay attention she/he hits a bowl that makes a gong sound, I really like this approach because one bang of the bowl the students are quiet and paying attention. Something else I really enjoy seeing in the classroom is when the teacher says "Guten Morgen", the students sing "Guten Morgen" and their teachers name. This is a really fun morning greeting to have everyday.
One thing I find interesting is in grade 1 they start learning English all the way throughout 10th grade and at 5th grade they get to choose Latin or French on top of the learning of English. But in America you start learning mainly Spanish or French in some schools in 6th grade. What also saddened me is I was talking to one of my host's German friends and they said they are afraid to go anywhere besides Germany for the fear of not being understood. I feel most Americans don't have this fear because they think everywhere should know English, I just don't understand why we feel entitled that everyone has to be able to speak and understand English.
On Friday in the classroom a new student in 1st grade didn't know German but was able to speak English, I was able to help him in his writing. I would trace the letter C and h for him first and then he would try after. We kept working on this until his work was finished. Another highlight in the classroom was this little girl in first grade I sat next to she started pointing to pictures and saying what the word was in German. I would then repeat it in German and say what the English word was for it. I really enjoy being in the classrooms and wished I had more time with them. Below is a picture from the classroom, English words and pictures, shapes in German, and the subtraction/addition/division/multiplication trains.