American Association of Teachers of German: Outstanding German Educator Award

Recognizes excellence in teaching and outstanding contributions to the German teaching profession. Awards are presented to: an elementary, middle school or junior high school educator; a high school educator; and a post-secondary educator. The Checkpoint Charlie Foundation in Berlin provides honorees with the Friedrich-Gerstäcker-Travel Grant.

A nominee’s dossier should document five or more years of demonstrated excellence in German education; active membership in the local AATG chapter; creative leadership in German language education; impact in local, state, or national arenas; and continued growth as a German educator.

The following factors should be considered:

  Excellence in teaching

    Knowledge of subject matter

  1.       Functions with a high degree of proficiency in German
  2.       Knows and understands the cultures of the German-speaking world
  3.       Uses knowledge of subject matter to involve and direct students in meaningful learning
  4.       Uses methods which foster language acquisition

    Awareness of students’ learning

  1.       Develops student proficiencies, increases their knowledge, strengthens their cultural
  2.         understanding
  3.       Creates an inclusive, caring and challenging learning environment
  4.       Fosters critical and creative thinking in students
  5.       Sets goals which insure that all students have the opportunity to learn
  6.       Differentiates instruction

    Student rapport

  1.       Values each student as an individual
  2.       Encourages open communication with students and parents
  3.       Promotes fairness, equity and strength through diversity

    Intellectual growth of students

  1.       Helps students understand how their learning can be applied
  2.       Helps students develop an awareness of other points of view

Professional growth and contributions

  1.   Continues development and growth in subject area and teaching strategies
  2.   Collaborates in curriculum development and assessment
  3.   Shares knowledge and experience through professional writings or presentations
  4.   Demonstrates leadership in professional organizations on the in local, state, or national level

More information HERE.

Posted on June 20, 2016 and filed under Spring.