The Overview Effect is a sense of oneness, a recognition that we're all a single human family, that the little things aren't as big as we worry about, and that the world is fragile and we have to care for it. I think taking the students up briefly to view our beautiful world as a delicate sphere that we all belong to imparts a cosmic responsibility to be kinder to each other," Clay Hendrix (Lexington High School: AATG Presentation)
As you may know, it is the official start to the National German week which will lasts from September 30 - October 6. In order to celebrate the kick off of the week, I would like to share with you some awesome updates from our German program!
Meet A German!
AATG Teacher Retreat
LexOne offers its first German Honor Society
First Encounters Traveling Exhibit in Lexington!
RBHS' Sarah Buckliew hosted the AATG First Encounters Menschen begegnen sich bilingual exhibit! Within this exhibit students were able to investigate the continuing history of migration and its effects in shaping the German-American transatlantic friendship. From the beginnings of European immigration to North America, Germans have contributed to political, cultural and social aspects of the US. Students were able to investigate further the encounters between the new German arrivals and local populations.
Coming soon on Voices From the Field:
This particular activity I spotted on Sr. Redondo's Twitter and asked him to share with you all! (Hint: Tweet @LOWLT so that we can see the awesome things you are doing in your classroom!)
What I love about this activity:
- Students are using the language for real-world purposes!
- Since it is an Information Gap Activity, students have to work together to share information (Learn more about Information Gap activities below).
- Look how much fun the students are having speaking! Another example of an activity that lowers affective filters!
One student has been robbed and called the police. The victim is facing the screen, and the cop gives it the back while listening to the thief’s description that the victim will say. The victim will pick from a group of pictures that will be displayed on the screen.
When the victim has finished describing, the cop will turn around and guess from the pictures we can see on the TV following the victim’s description of the thief. They switch roles several times, so everyone has the chance to listen and speak.
Below you can find pictures of the students participating in the activity and images they used to describe!
Game of Taboo:
Students have to use circumlocution to get their partner to guess a word they are describing without saying the forbidden "taboo" words.
Here is an example for environment topic tested on High School, Middle School and Elementary Immersion. See how much fun Midway Elementary immersion had doing it at the DLI camp this summer!
See something you want help implementing in the classroom? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help you get set up!
World Language Teacher Support Specialist (and Language Enthusiast)