Posts tagged ‘Teaching’

February 16, 2011

Teaching in Finland

Today i got a gift! I know its one day before my birthday but my elemantary school decided to satisfy my desire to play with big stuff one day early. I got a smartbord for my class!!!!!!

Immediately i hooked up my little 13″ Laptop to the 2m by 3m touch surface that is now attached were a blackboard has formerly been. Eager to play around with it i installed all necessary software and had fifteen minutes to play around with it before my first grade found out where i was preparing lecture for them. Once in class i happily wrote, turned, scaled and played with the “Bremer Stadtmusikanten”. I think my children are still shocked by all the technical eqipment in their room but they enjoyed the graphitiing on the white wall nearly as much as myself. I really felt like in minority report – except that i was not hunted by dark criminals but seven year lod monsters.

Has the quality of lecturing improved now? Have my children learned more german? To be honest i am not totally sure since i might have played around too much and brought less attention to my students today. Anyway i see loads of potential and will be able to make my class so much more interactive and media rich. In the end really only one thing has changed: Now my computer is not any more in the back of the room but right up front. My children can reach it and not destroy anything. I can stand the whole time up front and talk to them face to face while showing and creating media content for them. As soon as i have found out how to make make it work in the most effective way both parties are still gonna love it like crazy and learn more german.

Technology forever!

February 2, 2011

Good old times

One of the greatest things of being a teacher is to be the one who is deciding what is on the schedule. An emergency call from my elementary school reached me last night and brought news of extended teaching today. As a substitute teacher for a fifth grade i had to come up with a quick idea of what to teach 12 hours later. Thinking back to when i was in fifth grade their was only one possibility: Teaching them the music i liked back then (and actually love today as well). “Max Korehnke” and “Die Fantatstischen Vier” Productions proudly present “Laajavuoren Koulu Studies”.

January 30, 2011

Working as an Elementary School Teacher is ..

Hard– I am not kidding. Since October last year i work in an elemantary School in Vantaa. I have loads of fun and it sure is not for the payment that i go their every week and teach them my mother tongue german. Seeing a little progress every week for sure is nice but this week i just had to laugh my but off: my monsters decided to want to be artists. How good do you think have they got?

September 23, 2010

Olen Eksynyt!

.. is a finish saying and means something like: “i am lost”. I was not lost but really amused when my finish teacher tried to teach us vowels last week. Since we are a international group some had more problems than others. To make sure that even the last one got it right she pulled out a very vivid picture .. Closing with that i wish you a happy vowel practice time!