Tomorrow is my last day student teaching at the Anne Frank Gymnasium in Werne, Germany. During my time here I have learned so much about teaching and have realized that even though the school systems are a bit different, the students are the same for the most part, especially in an art class.

I was placed with three amazing teachers at Anne Frank, one English teacher and two art teachers. In the beginning I was actually very nervous about teaching English as a second language. Even though I speak English every day, I had no idea how to teach it. I felt that it needed to be perfect (which would never happen because I butcher words quite often). It was difficult getting the students to talk because they were also nervous about speaking the language. In the end they began to talk without hesitation and I was less nervous about teaching them. My main goal was to just talk with them and get them talking. I had been working with 6th and 7th grade English classes and I was already impressed with how well they could speak English. I wish American students were required to learn another language at a young age. Becoming bilingual is now at the top of my bucket list and as a teacher I feel that the students should be given more opportunities to learn another language within the schools.

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Preparing their posters for the London presentations
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Students were paired up and given a specific topic dealing with London
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Practicing their presentation
 
 
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View from the top of the cathedral
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WKU!
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Student Teacher Selfie Sunday
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Currywurst
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Start of the Christmas markets
 
 

I was overwhelmed by the beauty of this gothic cathedral. The size and elaborate details were just unbelievable.

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The back of the cathedral
 

Cologne

11/17/2013

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The Olympic Museum
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Silly Kyle
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Two teams after a game of soccer
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I sank your carrier.
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Ice cream anyone?
 
 
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My amazing host mom and sisters. :)
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Girls day out
 
 
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Outside the art rooms
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Value cubes
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Massive sinks are a must have in any art room.
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Might be teaching a printmaking lesson before I leave! :)
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Ja, bitte.
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Storage space
 
 
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Such an awesome group of people. :)
 
 

After school bike ride in Werne

 
 
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Where the Visual and Performing Arts classes are located
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The students are given different breaks and must hang out outside of the classrooms. The class schedules are more like an American college student schedule.
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Taking a tour of the school
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WKU student teachers pictured with their German guardian, Heike. Such an amazing group of people!

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Well hello there American tissue box.
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Check out this awesome coffee maker in the teacher's lounge. Pretty sure I needed something like this everyday of student teaching.
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Would you like a cup of coffee?
 
 

Headed to the thrift store

 

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