I have worked as a teacher of English and German for more than 30 years and lived in a small town between Hamburg and Berlin until August 2012. This blog focusses on life skills for adults and young students from 12 / 14 years on, related to education and autonomous learning beyond the classroom. I will publish some of my ideas, impressions of my days and tasks which might lead you into thinking about yourself – I am intending to help you train yourself in thinking clearly, writing regularly and improving your general soft skills to become a successful student and happy person.

I am writing in English though German is my mother tongue, because I firmly believe in bilingual concepts like immersion from childhood on, and in Europe and around the world English has become THE WORLD language. So read and write English as often as you can and get a “feel” for this beautiful language! This will help you to communicate beyond the area where you are born or where you “happen” to be and go to school if still a student – do not miss classes …

I am a fan of the outdoors and quiet places like deserts …
This picture is only an example …

For educators and more advanced readers some more hints:

I am interested in ideas about “Learning beyond the classroom” as during my life as a teacher I often felt that learners relying only on “stuff taught in the classroom” might have problems later in their exams or even in their life not having learnt enough while at school. And found it hard later to catch up!

Teachers today are more or less COACHES like in tennis, as they can only support or accompany their students. What young people learn these days is much more than “stuff” taught in schools …. they have a lot to chew on and even more to digest!

What some experts have called the “secret curriculum” of schools is one thing – another is to openly and honestly discuss how learning can succeed these days plus develop individual strategies and group interactions to face and manage REAL TASKS and CHALLENGES. In case you are getting bored, talk to your friends and parents AND your teachers as well. It really helps and it really works! Do not WASTE your TIME in school! Find out WHO you ARE and take responsibility of what you are doing …and your choices in life.

More about my background here …

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