Today, Ashford GAPP Exchange students had a full day of school as German students. For many, today was very nice as we have been super busy visiting different sites and going on many field trips! Students attended a wide variety of classes and got the chance to experience life as an Einstein student.
On an ordinary day where there are no additional field trips, students typically arrive to school at 8am. They go to their first class. Today, some of our students had History class, which was taught in German. Students talked to their partner about their homework, and then one member of the group was selected to speak about they learned with the class. Students got the opportunity to speak to their neighbor through a process called “Think, Pair, Share” which is also used at Ashford School. Everyone took notes based on what the student presented about, which helped made sure that no one misses anything. One of our Ashford students got the chance to speak in both German and English.
After attending their first class, Ashford students attend morning meeting. After that, all students have a 20 minute break, and then it's onto lessons for the rest of the day!
Students are noting a handful of differences between Einstein and the US- for example, in Germany, most everything is recycled! They also use real metal silverware and dishes, which reduces waste. Students also have classes in the same room all day long, and the teachers rotate to each class. Another thing that Ashford students really have enjoyed is the long breaks- students have 2 20 minute breaks in the course of the day and then a longer lunch period where they can go outside if they'd like. It's been great to experience new things and to share ideas with our German friends- one of the beautiful things about international exchanges!