What a week of student teaching! I student taught with two other fellow student teachers at Marienschule Herbern (an elementary school in the area I live in). We taught 1st through 4th grade, and for each grade we were given a different topic and prepared lessons to teach about the topics. We were given a classroom on the third floor of the school where we stayed for the entire week and each class came to us. Here are some pictures from inside our classroom.
We had Monday off school because it was Labor Day weekend in Germany, so our school week started on Tuesday. On Tuesday, we taught 1st, 3rd and 4th graders. 1st graders were taught about pets and 3rd and 4th graders were taught about Kentucky. On Wednesday, we taught the 2nd graders about days of the week and 4th graders about Thanksgiving. On Thursday, we talked about Mother’s Day and made crafts for all their mothers. On Friday, we talked about American Patriotic Holidays (4th of July, Veteran’s Day, and Memorial Day).
Since the school didn’t have wifi or any form of technology, we had to figure out a way to engage students without using technology (something that is new to us). We made PowerPoints over each topic and shared the PowerPoints with the students using our own individual laptops. We split each class into 3 groups, and then went over the material with each group. This allowed for the students to get more individual attention, which was extremely important since most of the students struggled with speaking English. We also used a lot of songs during the classes to engage the students. This got them up and moving around, while learning at the same time. They all really enjoyed singing the songs. This week was difficult as we were teaching students who knew very little English, but extremely rewarding at the same time! The students were so sweet and really eager to learn. I can’t believe our time student teaching abroad is over. It’s true what they say: Time flies by when you’re having fun!