When I learned, this weekend, that my nephew had to decorate a tissue box for German class, I was curious whether this was the brainchild of his particular teacher, or a general trend in German language instruction.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
I googled "tissue box" "German," and found three links touting my nephew's assignment:
Note, especially, the grading rubric, with its ratings for creativity and craftsmanship.
I find myself brimming over with questions as I peruse these sites; perhaps the most burning one of all is this:
When will this contagious meme (to use Richard Dawkins' term), this sticky idea (to use Malcolm Gladwell's term), this creative, crafty pedagogical epiphany, catch on in other Germanic language classrooms--like Swedish and Dutch?
Who knows, it might even liven up French, Russian, and Chinese.