Moreland students learn German
by Celia Shortt
Beginning in October, Moreland Elementary School experienced something special and out of the ordinary, a guest teacher from Germany.
From Oldenburg, Germany, Anneke Schallich spent the last three months at Moreland Elementary School with Janey Allen, one of its special education teachers. Schallich first interned with Allen when she was teaching at Poplar Road Elementary School.
Recently, Schallich finished her teaching degree and is waiting to start her student teaching in February. In Germany, once their education is completed, teachers must student teach for an extended time before being a full-fledged teacher.
Schallich had a bit of time before hers started, so she decided to work with Allen at Moreland and use that time learning more about special education.
“I was never full exposed to kids with special needs,” she said. “I learned about that here. Never got that in university. (So without it) I would have had no idea how to deal with special needs.”
“She has a great gift working with some of those kids,” said Allen. “She is good with autistic kids.”
In the classroom, Schallich assisted Allen and other teachers. She taught about Germany and its culture - food, Christmas, and the differences between north and south. She also shared about public transportation there and showed them as wide a range of games as possible.
In addition to helping in Allen’s class, Schallich was able to teach German to the REACH students.
“I want to show them it is fun to learn another language,” she said.
Her teaching was communicative language teaching and included vocabulary, working with sentences, writing, playing games, and having the students speak as much German as possible.
“She’s been amazing,” said Moreland Elementary School Principal Melanie Perry. “Who would know you could learn German in Moreland.”
Schallich was able to experience many things outside of the classroom, too. She learned about American culture and traveled to Florida, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. Her favorite part though was celebrating Thanksgiving with Allen and her family.
Schallich says she enjoyed her time here and really does not want to leave.
“I got really attached to the kids,” she said. “I think I’m going to miss the kids.”
In addition to her two times teaching and studying in Georgia, Schallich has also worked and been to language school in Australia. She values the studying abroad she has done and cultures she has experienced.
“(It) gives me a lot of self-confidence, makes me independent,” she said. “I can communicate with people from other cultures. (It) gives me understanding of other cultures and what they expect.”
Her student teaching begins Feb 3 in Berlin, Germany.