Entschuldigung – #BLOG365 Day 271 @TOPTeachGermany #TOPStudyTour

Full disclosure...I am not a world languages person. On the curriculum, side...yes. I can draft beautiful essential questions and help build units of study. I know the goal of language instruction, the value in it. But, on the practical side of things, when it comes to actually speaking a language, I kind of stink at … Continue reading Entschuldigung – #BLOG365 Day 271 @TOPTeachGermany #TOPStudyTour

Museum Monday: The Power of Objects to Tell Stories – #BLOG365 Day 267 #TOPStudyTour @TOPTeachGermany

While at Neungamme Concentration Camp we heard an amazing story of the power of an object to tie individuals together and transcend cultures. One object held a narrative of the bravery in a time of incredible horror. Our guide shared the story of Fritz Bringmann, a prisoner in Neuengamme arrested for high treason. He was caught … Continue reading Museum Monday: The Power of Objects to Tell Stories – #BLOG365 Day 267 #TOPStudyTour @TOPTeachGermany

Do You Know What a Trabi Is? – #BLOG365 Day 266 #TOPStudyTour @TOPTeachGermany

On day one of our Transatlantic Outreach Program #TOPStudyTour we were hit with the Trabi during a visit to the Point Alpha Memorial. I have to admit, I didn't know the Trabi by name when I first saw it. Sure, I had seen them in news footage. But, I didn't know anything about them. So, … Continue reading Do You Know What a Trabi Is? – #BLOG365 Day 266 #TOPStudyTour @TOPTeachGermany

German Education Part One: Project-Based Learning – #BLOG365 Day 261 @TOPTeachGermany #TOPStudyTour #PBL #PBLChat

I have been holding off on posting about German education because I knew it would be a meaty post that required some time to flush out. So, this will be part one of a small series on German education. I can't do justice to the German education system in one blog post! Before I begin … Continue reading German Education Part One: Project-Based Learning – #BLOG365 Day 261 @TOPTeachGermany #TOPStudyTour #PBL #PBLChat

Historical Memory: Part One – #BLOG365 Day 258 #TOPStudyTour @TOPTeachGermany

During my visit with the Transatlantic Outreach Program, we stumbled upon St. Nikolai Church Memorial during our first walk through Hamburg. The spire towered above the other buildings in Hamburg as the fifth highest church in the world. At first I thought it was under renovation, but as we got closer our guide explained that although … Continue reading Historical Memory: Part One – #BLOG365 Day 258 #TOPStudyTour @TOPTeachGermany

The Power of Play: German Edition – #BLOG365 Day 257 @TOPTeachGermany #TopStudyTour

When I applied to be part of the Transatlantic Outreach Program Study Tour to Germany I had to craft a lesson based on a recent news article about some aspect of German life or culture. We had a handful to choose from and, of course, I chose the one on playgrounds in Germany. The article … Continue reading The Power of Play: German Edition – #BLOG365 Day 257 @TOPTeachGermany #TopStudyTour