Deutsche Woche 2024 in Bar Harbor!

Posted By: Evan Worthing Community, German Resources,

Zoom, Kahoot, EdPuzzle, GoogleDrive… With the pandemic we all learned to use more technology
in the classroom and we were all grateful for online games and resources that helped us through
those difficult times, but sometimes we find ourselves using technology just for the sake of the
bells and whistles rather than focusing on our communication goals. This year at Deutsche Woche 2024 we will get back to basics and focus on some of the activities which can be accomplished without technology including the following:
● Movement (games, sports, etc.)
● SEL & Community Building (meditation, yoga, energizers/brain breaks)
● Singing/music (listening only?)
● Pen & Paper (running dictation, cooperative writing, usw)
● Breakout boxes
● STEM/MINT (Nature/outdoors)

Dr. Gisela Höcherl Alden, Boston University; Polly Vanderputten, South Burlington HS, Burlington, VT; Cindi Hogdon, ConVal Regional HS, Peterborough, NH; Deborah Backman, Cony HS, Augusta, ME; Melanie Kyer, York HS, York, ME; and other amazing colleagues from across New England.

Deutsche Woche is a week-long teacher seminar taught entirely in German. It is sponsored by the Maine Chapter of AATG and held on the campus of the College of the Atlantic in beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine. Teachers of all levels come from across the country for a week of immersion in the language, intensive work on projects, and cultural enrichment through movies, games, music– and maybe even a polar plunge in Frenchman Bay! Please address questions to the program coordinator, Dr. Melanie Kyer. ( To apply for the 2024 program, please fill out the online form at this link, and print this form to mail in your deposit:

Deutsche Woche 2024 in Bar Harbor, Maine
Application Form

Application deadline: June 1, 2024
Program Dates: July 14-20, 2024
Program Topic for 2024: “Methods and approaches to German teaching without Technology”
Program Location: College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine
Instructors: Dr. Gisela Höcherl-Alden, Boston University and other New England educators Join us on the beautiful seaside campus of the College of the Atlantic as we spend the week immersed in German learning about the best “hands on” practices in German education. Spend evenings engaged in conversation, culturally relevant activities, film evenings and music with your colleagues. One afternoon is open to an activity of your choice – possibilities range from exploring nearby Acadia National Park, kayaking, sailing or shopping and relaxing in a café in Bar Harbor.
This course offers guidance to update your curriculum and provides strategies for teaching new material in the classroom. You will have the chance to work together with a group of enthusiastic, like-minded K-16 German teachers to share information and develop something new for the 2024-2025 school year! Tuition covers 3 graduate credits from Elms College. A non-refundable deposit of $300 is due with the application. Confirmation will be sent by e-mail! Final payment to AATG Maine is due in full when you arrive at College of the Atlantic, or may be paid in full with your application.
Tuition (Double occupancy) $1,400 or (Single occupancy - limited availability) +$300 extra
Send application and deposit (Checks payable to AATG Maine) to:
Deborah Backman, Treasurer, AATG-Maine
11 Kling St.
Augusta, ME 04330

*NOTE: Be sure the address is KLING street, not King!!*

For all other questions, please email Deutsche Woche Director Melanie Kyer (
Note: In our new world of Covid, keep in mind that there may be updates to coronavirus restrictions and/or requirements. We are working with the College of the Atlantic to be sure Deutsche Woche will be as safe as possible. Currently we are working with double occupancy in mind, but if that changes, we will refund single occupancy surcharges.