I attended the Deutsche Sommerschule am Pazifik Teacher Training Seminar in Portland, OR from July 23-31, 2014 with help from the German Immersion Foundation. The theme of the seminar was “Teaching and learning German through Play”, and through this professional development opportunity, I was able to learn many new games and teaching strategies to bring back to Milwaukee German Immersion with me. The seminar allowed me to network with German language instructors from other parts of the country. I was also able to speak highly of Milwaukee German Immersion and Milwaukee School of Languages by explaining how the students learn German through the immersion process.
The entire seminar was conducted immersion style, and we spoke only German the entire time we were on campus. Over the week I was there, I learned different role playing games, cooperative learning games, and ways to incorporate these games and activities into my everyday instruction. All of us in the seminar learned new games from each other, as well as our instructor, and we now have many new resources for our MGIS classrooms.
Thanks to the German Immersion Foundation for providing me with the means to take advantage of this wonderful professional development opportunity!