Last week I had the joy of visiting Pelion High School and witnessing one of those inspiring teacher moments that we all have every now and then. I hope she won't mind me sharing it with you all as it really encouraged me. A student in Victoria Connelly's German 2 class was giving a presentation in German to his classmates. They were required to take notes as he talked about himself, his family, his free-time and his likes and dislikes to show that they were listening and comprehending.
After the student sat down, Mrs. Connelly was encouraging the class to give him feedback on his work. One of the students raised her hand and said, "This might sound weird, but I didn't really feel like I was listening to German. I mean, everything he said was making sense to me and it just felt like I was listening to English." Obviously Mrs. Connelly was thrilled (as was I) and she explained to this student that what she was describing is exactly what we're striving for in our language study! To which the student replied in typical high school fashion, "Oh, so you're saying that I'm actually accomplishing something here?" YES! That's exactly what we're saying. Every one of us is actually accomplishing something here! Our students are becoming proficient in world languages because of the hard work you do each and every day. Thank you for your passion and commitment. Keep up the good work!
World Language Teacher Support Specialist (and Language Enthusiast)