Then students had to cut out the turkey pieces and then begin to assemble the turkey.
Many students did not know what a turkey looked like because they had never seen one. We don't have access to computers or Smart Boards at the school, so we did the next best thing. We drew a picture on the board with chalk.
Since they do no have Thanksgiving in Germany, we decided that we would give them an idea of what American's do on Thanksgiving. Johni, Kelsey, and I taught an "I am thankful for..." lesson to third grade students at the elementary school that we are placed at in Werne. We explained what we do on Thanksgiving and why we celebrate this holiday.
We compiled a list of the students responses on the chalkboard. We practiced saying "I am thankful for..." Above, you can see the German translation ("Ich bin dankbar fur...").
Then students were given this turkey to complete. Students had to write one thing that they were thankful for on each feather. Then students had to follow the color by number style to color their turkey. We went over colors and the numbers.
Here are some of the finished products. I think that look amazing!
We also made a small Thanksgiving dinner at a friends house, but I will save that blog until Sunday night. Let's just say we had quite an adventure!
On Monday, I went home from school with Kelsey. I felt right at home because they live on a sheep farm, but they have other animals too. Sandra, her lovely host mother helped us plan our upcoming trip to Amsterdam this weekend. After a wonderful lunch, Kelsey, Marie (her host sister, and Paul (her host brother went out to look at the farm animals). Later on that evening, we walked to the pond where we watched Paul and Sandra fish. It was very peaceful and relaxing. Before we left the pond, we had to feed the birds (pigeons, ducks, and chickens.) They feed them rolls that have been soaked in water over night so that you can eat them. It was very fun! When you picked up the roll and dropped it on the ground, it splattered everywhere! Kelsey thought it was disgusting, but I found in quite amusing! Here are some pictures from that day!
Of course I had to pick up the cats!
This is Fred. They have other guineas pigs, but this is the one that Kelsey named because he is the smallest one and has some crazy fur going on. He was so cute!
Rosie, the cow. When they first bought her, they planned on eating her, but now they simply cannot!
They have a ton of rabbits, but this rabbit is named Jessi.
The beautiful sunset we seen on our walk to the pond.
Kelsey loves to take pictures. She captured this lovely gem while I was acting silly. You can see her host sister Marie in the background on her handy (cell phone.)
Our final destination, the pond.
This past weekend, all of the WKU student teacher along with Heike, a teacher and a student teacher from Anne Frank traveled to Berlin. We took a 5 hour train ride from Werne to Berlin. We had tons of fun on the train, I do no think I have ever laughed so much in my entire life! Once we arrived in Berlin, we found our hotel and then went to dinner. I ordered schnitzel with a mushroom sauce and fries. When I got my plate, I was completely in shock. The piece of schnitzel was as big as my face and I am not exagerating. It was delicious!
On Saturday, we took a tour through Berlin to learn about its history and to explore a little bit as well. We had a wonderful tour guide that took us around the city by bus and train but mostly walking. Tons and tons of walking. However, I think that walking is the best way to see a new place. It allows you to take everything in a little bit at a time and at your own pace. We learned so much about Berlin, so I am only going to show the major sites that we visited.
Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche (Emperor Wilhelm Memorial Church)
This church is located in the center of the former West-Berlin. It was bombed in November of 1943 during the war. It was saved from being demolished in the 1950s. Presently, there is an octagonal structure that is a current church. This building is a now museum telling about the church's history.
Kelsey, Morgan, and I standing in both East and West Germany. This is where the Berlin Wall once stood.
Standing in front of the remains of the Berlin Wall.
This is a memorial to some of the people that died trying to cross the Berlin Wall. Seeing where the Berlin wall once stood and learning about the history was very emotional.
Standing in front of Berliner Dome. It is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen! The cathedral was finished in 1905.
The president's house that is only guarded by one police officer. I found out that the president gets paid for their entire life not matter what they do.
The Brandenburg Gate
WKU student teachers standing in front of the Reichstag Building, Germany's government building.
This monument i represents the Jewish people being taken from their homes. Everything was just left as it lay. Chairs that were knocked over when they were taken just stayed there. I think that this stop was one of my favorite stops that we made.
Here are some other pictures that I took along our journey.
We climbed 285+ steps to the top of this building to get a fabulous view of Berlin. Below are the steps that we walked up. It was super fun! : )
Today, Jessica and I taught a lesson to the fifth grade students about the months of the year. Most of the students knew most of the months of the year, so we reviewed them by writing them on the board and then saying them aloud together. Then we taught the students the months of the year song. They really enjoyed singing this song! After the song, we went over how to say the dates in English. Students are taught British English and their dates are written and said a bit differently that what we say in the United States. We went over both ways so that students would know the different ways that dates are written in the world. In order for students to practice saying the dates aloud, we created a birthday list on one of the classroom walls. We wrote each month of the year on a sheet of paper and taped them in order on the wall. Then we gave each student a piece of paper and they had to write their birthday on the card. Once everyone was finished, each student had to read their card and then place it in the correct spot.
Today, I did not have any classes to teach, but we had a reception with the mayor. Since it is only a 5 minute walk to the town, I walked to the Stadthaus where we would meet the mayor. Along the way, I got a little lost, but a very nice woman helped me find my way. Once I arrived at the Stadthaus, we went upstairs where they had decorated the table with American flags and had several beverages for us to drink. At our seats, there was a packet of information about the town and a few goodies for us to have. We talked with the major about our time here in Werne and what we were going to do while we were staying in Germany. The local press was there and we will be in the newspaper tomorrow morning. After a reception, we walked around the town, ate some pizza, and some wonderful chocolate. This town is absolutely gorgeous!Here are some pictures that I took on our expedition.
In Germany, students have a class schedule that is very similar to a college student's schedule. Once they are finished with all of their classes for the day, they are allowed to go home. Since there are not any "school buses" in Germany, students ride their bicycles, walk, or take the city bus to a stop near their house. The first class begins at 7:55 and most classes are 90 minute classes. However, students get a short break halfway through their class. In between each class, students and teachers have about a 10 to 15 minute break to do anything they need to get done. Some students hang out with their friends in the halls or outside and some students play sports during their break. All students receive an hour lunch break beginning at 1:15 and then classes begin again and school is officially over at 3:45. Today was a special day and all classes ended at the lunch break for parent-teacher conferences.
I had an excellent second day at Anne Frank Gymnasium! Today I taught English to a group of eighth grade students. They have been learning all about Ellis Island. Today we got into groups and discussed different things that should be included in a diary entry. We complied a list of things and then the students wrote several diary entries from the perspective of an immigrant coming to Ellis Island for the first time.
It was a rainy Sunday in Werne today. My host family took me to visit a nearby castle (Schloss Cappenberg) and the art gallery that is located there today. Schloss Cappenberg is named after Cappenberg Abbey, a Premonstratensian monastery. Then we went to visit my host mother's parents to celebrate her father's birthday.
Today I went to Munster with my host family. Munster is about a thirty minute drive from Werne. While we were at Munster, we visited a very large market where there were a variety of different vendors. Vendors were there selling flowers, meat, cheese, bread, baskets, candy, vegetables, fruit, and so many other things. It was amazing! It was somewhat similar to the International festival in Bowling Green, but much bigger and they had more everyday items that you would such as the fruits and vegetables. Below is a picture that I took with my host family in front of the market.
The market is in front of St. Paul's Cathedral which was the third church building on the is site. "The cathedral rests on the foundations of a first church that was built by the missionary St. Ludgerus. It was dedicated to St. Paul, apostle to the gentiles, the church served as the spirit and administrative centre in the conversion of Saxony. After his ordination as bishop in Cologne in 805, St. Ludgerus installed his see in the mission church, thereby designating it cathedral and Mother Church to the diocese of Munster. The present cathedral is built in late Romanesque style and was consecrated in 1264." (Taken from an informational sign at the cathedral) Visitors are allowed to take pictures inside the cathedral but cannot use flash photography. Below are some pictures that I took while I was visiting the cathedral.
The above picture is the astronomical clock that is located inside St. Paul's Cathedral. The clock was the first astronomical clock in the Munster cathedral and was constructed 1408. Iconoclasts destroyed the clock during Anabaptist disturbances in 1534. It was reconstructed and painted between 1540 and 1542. In 1927, there were plans to have the clock removed because it did not work. However, the clock was restored between 1929 and 1932. During World War II, the mechanism was evacuated but the faults above the clock were not destroyed. It was repaired after the war in 1951 and has been going ever since.
Below are some pictures that I took while we were walking around Munster. Enjoy!
The image above is a picture that I took of St. Lambert's Church in Munster. The image below shows the tower of the church. The cages that you see on the tower were used to display the bodies of Anabaptists in1536. This was a sign of deterrent to others.
After I got home from school today, my host family took me to this palace in a nearby town called Nordikirchen. It was built between 1703 and 1734. It was originally the residence of a prince, but now it has a restaurant, a church in the back, and a university. There is a park that surrounds the entire residence that is absolutely beautiful!
Today was the first day that we got to teach at Anne Frank Gymnasium in Werne, Germany. As soon as I walked in the classroom, I felt like I was at home. The school is amazing and they have wonderful teachers and students. I will be teaching English to 5th, 6th, and 8th graders along with two of my peers along side my cooperating teacher Heike Armbrust. We also got to attend a workshop where we learned some techniques and tips on how to teach students who do not know English very well.