Well, this is my first attempt at blogging, so perhaps I should start with a little bit about me and why I'm doing this.
I'm a German teacher in Howard County, Maryland. This upcoming school year will be my sixth year teaching. I've also taught French and Latin, but there's just something about teaching German... It's a lot of fun, I've worked with some great kids and fellow teachers, and I've learned a lot about German and teaching in general.
What I've noticed, however, is that there are a lot of resources out there for teaching. Tons for teaching World Languages, especially Spanish and French. But when it comes to German... not so much. My first year of teaching was a LOT of work because I had to create so much stuff... everything from the lessons to the activities to the materials for the activities to the exams to the more basics of how I wanted to run my classroom. I'm not going to lie, I made some mistakes and pretty much had to re-do half of it the second year. But it's gotten easier as I've amassed quite the collection of German-related (and French- and Latin-related) teaching material.
So what I'm hoping to do with this is just put another resource out there for German teachers. I know there aren't as many of us as there are for other subjects and languages, but we should still have access to the same breadth of resources.
My goal is to put up some ideas, activities and resources for my fellow German teachers, practical things that you can use in your classrooms. I also hope that what I put up can be used by teachers of other languages - I know there's activities that I do with both my French and German classes and there's ones that I can work into Latin as well.
- Frau Leonard