Today was my first day at the Anne-Frank Gymnasium. To get to school, I had to ride a bike. Yes, me, on a bike, wearing boots, and riding a bike where the seat comes up to my waist when standing. I most definitely jumped to get on the bike and almost fell off of the other side. Every day I get to ride a bike 7 miles to and from school. This is going to be interesting. I'm sure something will end up broken or cut. I also had my first experience in a German high school classroom. I was placed in a 6th grade (they start high school at 5th grade to 12th grade) English class. The students were learning about verbs, which I just finished with my third and fourth grade classes. It was interesting to watch how hard it was for some of them. You don't realize how much detail goes into the sentences that you create when communicating until you are watching someone struggle with something that just comes naturally to others. It was definitiely an experience. After class, I had a training on how to deal with situations when teaching young elementary school students English. We learned a lot of really fun games that I would love to use in other content areas when I return and get a teaching job! I now know why I want to be an elementary teacher, I get so excited about all of the fun activities that can be done with this age group of students. Now that it is officially the weekend, my host brother and sister are going to take me to Köhn, Germany to see the caslte there1 You have no idea how excited I am!!
Off to Köhn! Tschüss! (bye)