Both 7th and 8th grade classes finished their current chapters with oral projects. Some recorded their own video and some were presented live in class. Here are some of the videos from the 2013 7th and 8th grades. 7th grade presented some basic getting-to-know-you dialogues, while the 8th graders presented their schedules.
Homework is probably no student's favorite part of school. First you have to go to school and do all the work in class and then you should do more at home?
But even though it seems like just another way to keep you busy, homework is giving you a way to practice your skills at home by yourself. In your homewok choice packet you have 20/39 different choices (depending on if you are in 7th or 8th grade) of what to do for homework for each due date. Each choice is practicing a particular skill: reading, listening, speaking, writing and cultural awareness. You may choose what to focus on each time. So while it may feel to you like I am just keeping you busy, I am actually helping you advance one of your skills on your own.
It can be so hard to practice German outside of class when there is no one else to talk to and it is important that you find ways to do it regardless. A language lives from practice and use.
The picture here shows you the bulletin board that we have in class with some of your homework assignments that turned out really nice and serve as great examples for what a good finished product should look like. I also save the nicest flashcards in a box so that everyone can use them for review if you want to come to visit during RECAP or before/ after school. I love going through your finished work. The best thing about being a teacher is seeing what amazing things your students can do!
With the school year just behind us, I would like to share a small video clip that was taken from the final presentations for 7th grade. Many of the presentations really displayed what the kids learned and how far they have come. The clips I chose, have both been chosen for the quality of the presentations as well as the quality of the videos. Unfortunately many of the videos didn't have the greatest sound.
Part of what we are currently learning in 7th grade is clothing. And what better way to learn the German words or clothing articles than to have a little fashion show and put some weird and way too big clothing on! This is more fun than filling in worksheets and studying vocabulary sheets. (for both, the students and Frau Walter!) Everyone is doing a fantastic job on recognizing the vocabulary when Frau Walter is using it, as well as pronouncing the new words!