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Teacher Feature for Summer 2017: 

Robin Geisinger - Fishers HS Teacher of the Year,

Of the High Schools HSE Teacher of the Year 

Short video (Starting at 2:30)

Was hast du dieses letztes Jahr unterrichtet?  

Last year-, like all years--as do many fellow German teachers--I had hectic schedule. I taught two sections of German I, two sections of German II Honors, one section of German IV Honors /IB Year I , and one section of AP/IB Year 2.   This was actually a lighter load than some other years, however!   Other 'hats' worn included German Honorary Society, German Club, and GAPP sponsorships


Was ist dein Lehrart?  
 
I try to include a variety of methods as I feel there is no 'Silver bullet' for learning a language and there are so many kids with so many different learning styles.  It is good to get exposed to a variety of methods.  I try to find the right combination for using as much German in each level as I can so that by the time they are in German IV and the AP/IB class, the class can be taught almost completely in German.  That is important.
Actively use vocab in class; don't just give your kids the words and assume they are going to learn and use the vocab--most will not.
 
Was ist Hilfreich zu haben wenn man Lehrplan schreibt, order mit der Klasse arbeitet?  
 
I hate to admit how long I have been teaching, but suffice it to say I think I have attained 'Threshold Teaching'  😊 when I need to apply it.   When lesson planning,  I use old fashion paper and pencil to brainstorm first by making a grid with four sections: Reading/Writing/Listening/Speaking----all under the umbrella of German CULTURE.  I jot notes in each category.  I try to use/find authentic reading and listening and videos for my students whenever possible.  I make sure each of these skills is touched on daily.  I then put my lessons for the class to see on Planbook.com  as well as any studying or homework.
 
 Hast du Hinweise für neue Deutschlehreren, or andere Deutschlehreren? 
 
 Well, it "ain't easy" if you are going to become your best. There are a lot of things at school one must attend to that seem to have nothing to do with your number one task of teaching German!  I think using Planbook.com--an online lesson planning/posting site is a time saver after you have completed one year of plans. Quia is a site that I think is helpful to have as well.   I also believe establishing a GAPP exchange has been a big draw to our program.  We are approaching our 10 year anniversary of the exchange.  I know of students who want to take German here because of the GAPP exchange---it is a lot of work, but the payoffs are big for the students, for your program and for you--it is a personally enriching experience for all, including the teacher.  And, get help with GAPP--find a colleague to assist you; he/she does not need to know German to help you.  Stay away from those 'for profit' tour companies.  They will not help build a good program!
 

  

Teacher Feature for November:

Testing Chair Person - Troy Butler, Indiana University

 Deutsche Welle Interview

 

 

Teacher Feature for July:

Indiana Chapter President- Candis Carey, Portage HS

 

I started taking German in 7th grade and just fell in love with the language and culture.  In 8th grade I decided I would be a German teacher and there was no turning back for me; even when my family moved and my high school did not have German!  The 2015-2016 school year marks my 9th year of teaching; 7 years have been at Portage High School where I teach German 1 through 4AP/Duel Credit.  I have been honored to receive the AATG Rising Star Award, and was chosen for TrainDaf, with that was an amazing Goethe Institut Seminar in Berlin, Vienna, and Zurich.  At my school the top 30 seniors are invited to an awards banquet and invite one teacher they consider outstanding; I have been chosen four different times!  What a huge compliment! 
When I am not teaching German, I enjoy going to the gym, knitting, scrapbooking, traveling, and also working at a local animal shelter. 

Would you or someone you know like to be in our monthly teacher feature?  Then send the following to: nmathews@hse.k12.in.us.  We will need a picture and a short Bio.  Some possible topics:  How did you get into teaching/German?, hobbies, educational triumphs, current projects, and interesting facts.  


 

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