Friday, April 9, 2010

Fishers Teacher to Study in Germany

Nichole Mathews, the German and Japanese teacher at Fishers and Hamilton South East high schools, was chosen to attend a two-week German seminar in Berlin, Germany, 27 June through 10 July. Entitled “New views, new voices, intercultural lives and effects,” sessions are designed to develop the knowledge and skills needed to create course materials that address the cultural, religious and ethnic diversity of the German population.

She plans to use Flip cameras purchased with a Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation grant to do interviews and build classroom materials for her German I-IV classes dealing with cultural diversity in Germany.

Through activities, ranging from experiencing first-hand Berlin’s international cuisine to conversations with political and social activists, participants will gather new materials and gain new insights into what it means to live in a society that is becoming more and more diverse. Participants will meet with representatives from governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations that represent the interests of many in Berlin’s diverse population. Attendees also will focus on creating new classroom goals and strategies, and on developing new classroom units and teaching models that integrate perspectives gained during the seminar.

This two-week seminar, conducted in German, seeks to further an understanding and appreciation of the breadth of diversity found in the German population. It is supported by the German government’s Transatlantic Program, through funds from the European Recovery Plan (ERP) program of the Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie.

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