I had a chance to participate in a public school in Germany back in 2013. We handled the 4TH Level English Class. Here is the observation I have made while inside a German classroom, one of the highest education system in the world.
The English speaking German Teacher has arranged the classroom into a captivating learning environment (look below). Abstract and visual materials are present, the touch screen whiteboard, a ready computer, colored chalks, CD’s, stereo and speakers, and so on. Her topic was “What’s the Time Like?”
Duration of Teaching: 45mins
Lesson Objective: Being able to ask the time in the English language
At first, the teacher played the “London Clock” from the stereo while she is moving the hands of the crafted clock thoroughly. As the London clock stops, she is asking the children, “What is the time like?”
The children, with the background of knowing numbers in English, will respond, “It’s 12 o’ clock”.
The teacher repeats the motion, playing the London clock from the stereo then asking the students what is the time like.
After the 10 minutes London Clock, she gently requested the students to get a partner and have an exchange conversation about the time. Lasted for 10 minutes.
Games came after. Board game keeps the students very competitive with boys vs girls’ scorecards. Lasted for 10 minutes.
After the board games, they are handed a piece of paper to make their own clock and tell about their favorite time of the day. They will present it in the front while others are listening. Lasted for 15 minutes.
One lesson has been finished and lasted for 45 minutes with an active participation of the whole, literally, the whole classroom.
They maximized the spaces in the classroom, used every resource they can for the sake of one lesson, rather, learning.
Being a passive observer behind the classroom, I want to share the things I’ve learned from this German Classroom.
- Children are treated equally as a matured person, their IDEAS matter. They are very much encouraged to speak their minds, their statement are very much important as the lesson
- The teacher only facilitates, not being authoritative
- Inclusive classroom, (3 children are diagnosed having ADHD, accdg to the Teacher)
- The teacher doesn’t compel the students to learn, they are learner by nature (rooted from early childhood education, I think)
- Rules are initiated before the class
- Abstract and concrete materials are being used
- Board games
- Media technology present
- Space awareness
- Creative questions being asked by the teacher like “What is your favorite time of the day and why?”
I guess I will be writing more about the German Education System (which I fully admire) as I have observed it. I hope to bring the system to Asia – specifically to the Philippines.
How can you relate to the classroom? Let me know by commenting below!