Global Teachers Germany 2017: Day Six

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Day Six

The day began with a presentation by the Center for Teacher Education at the University of Freiburg. The university was founded in 1457 and is the fifth-oldest university in Germany. During their time at the university, they also toured the University of Education.

Megan Petrizzi of Efland-Cheeks Global Elementary School had this to say about what they learned from presenter Sybille Schick:

It is worth reflecting that no system is perfect — we may have some things to learn from Germans (I am blown away by the timeliness and self-driven responsibility of schools and students here) but they can also learn from us (perhaps our differentiation and inclusion styles in the majority of American classrooms). Read more.

The delegation then continued their education on Germany’s sustainability efforts with a presentation from Freiburg’s Department of Ecology about the intersection of ecology and education.

The group ended the day in St. Peter, a small village in the Black Forest, which is among the most energy-efficient villages in Germany. The village produces its own energy via solar, wind, and water energy, as well as other renewable technologies.

Marydith Beasley, first grade teacher at Pathways Elementary School, reflects on Germany’s sustainability efforts.