Museum Monday: Sidewalk Historical Interpretation – #BLOG365 Day 263 @TOPTeachGermany #TOPStudyTour

Over two weeks in Germany I saw countless historical markers, commemorating important events or pointing out places of interest. But, about halfway through my trip I started to notice that many of the signage looked more like museum interpretative panels than the typical historical markers we are used to seeing in the United States. Here's … Continue reading Museum Monday: Sidewalk Historical Interpretation – #BLOG365 Day 263 @TOPTeachGermany #TOPStudyTour

I Learned a Funny Thing or Two on My #TOPStudyTour – #BLOG365 Day 262 @TOPTeachGermany

I learned a funny thing or two in Germany on my TOP Study Tour... Asparagus is a big deal in Germany in the summer. Germans prefer the white variety that grows from April to June and you can find it on almost any seasonal menu. I look for my asparagus at home to have a … Continue reading I Learned a Funny Thing or Two on My #TOPStudyTour – #BLOG365 Day 262 @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

Media in Germany – #BLOG365 Day 259 @TOPTeachGermany #TOPStudyTour #sschat

Hamburg, Germany is a media hub. While we were there with the Transatlantic Outreach Program we visited ARD, Germany's largest public broadcaster. The organization has a budget of about 7 billion Euros, generated mostly through a license fee paid by all German residents, companies, and city governments. ARD relies very little on commercials. In fact, … Continue reading Media in Germany – #BLOG365 Day 259 @TOPTeachGermany #TOPStudyTour #sschat

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

During my visit with the Transatlantic Outreach Program, we stumbled upon St. Nikolai Church Memorial┬áduring 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