Category Archives: students

Basking in New Freedoms

Basking in New Freedoms now that I am retired is wondrous. Finding myself with time to enjoy nature and its wonders without the routines of school this fall is enjoyable. Smugly I lie down for naps whenever I want. Continue reading

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Walk a Mile in my Birks

There is an ongoing joke in my family because I have worn Birkenstock sandals since my university days in Heidelberg, Germany. The joke goes that I am the only one my family knows who wears them year-round including during our … Continue reading

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Wir Lieben Deutsch!

Blessed with the best profession in the world as a German teacher, I bid my students goodbye as they embark on life’s adventures. It is my custom with the seniors to offer them a handshake or a hug as they … Continue reading

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Auf Wiedersehen, Until Next Time

The German expression auf Wiedersehen seems less final than goodbye in English which implies forever or farewell. The German appears hopeful and means until we see one another again. At the conclusion of both Fulbright experiences in Germany, the Director … Continue reading

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Hands Across the Ocean

When I began teaching German some 48 years ago, I envisioned being able to connect my students to native speakers in Germany.  It would take technology some time to catch up to my dreams of what a classroom should look … Continue reading

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