Welcome (back) to Room 202 at LOHS!

German and Reading Acceleration

I'm so excited to meet you/see you again!

Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,

I'm excited to start Semester 2! My name is Jennifer Howe, and I teach German, ELA 9, and Reading Acceleration at LOHS.

This is my fourteenth year teaching at Lake Orion High School. I grew up in Rochester Hills, received my Bachelor of Arts in English and German from Albion College, and completed my Masters in Teaching Language at Wayne State University. My professional interests include Reading and Writing Workshop, curriculum development, online/blended teaching and learning, Standards-Based Grading, and mentoring new teachers.

I live in Auburn Hills with my husband and two daughters. Chelsea is in third grade, and Katie is in kindergarten at Auburn Elementary. The picture to the right shows us during our summer vacation at Lake Michigan. My personal interests include reading, writing, traveling, and taking adventures with my girls.

Please tell me a bit about your child.

I'm excited to partner with you this semester. You know your child best. If you have a few minutes, please click on the link, and provide me with some important information.

Term 2 Schedule

This term I am teaching:

German 2 1st Block 7:30-9:01
German 1 2nd Block 9:08-10:39
German 2 3rd Block: 10:46-12:48 (B Lunch)
Reading Acceleration 4A: 12:54-1:47
Conference: 4B 1:52-2:35

You can find me in Room 202, Office 200, or email me at jhowe@lakeorion.k12.mi.us

Course Descriptions

Classroom Procedures and Units of Study.

Do you want to see what your child will learn this semester? Would you like a glimpse into how our classroom works? Click the appropriate link below to see the Classroom Procedures and Syllabus.

German 1

Reading Acceleration

German 2

Class Resources

Want to know what's going on in class in between newsletters? I ask my five-year-old each day what she does in school. Usually, she tells me, "Nothing." Sometimes she says, "We just played all day."

In addition to the weekly newsletter, you can find resources/information by clicking on the links in the Contact Me box at the bottom of the page. Live lesson plans are housed on Planbook. I occasionally post to the Twitter feed @LOHSDeutsch. Some basic documents are on my Google Sites website, and I regularly check my email.

In addition to those resources, German students have Moodle pages with class resources, activities, and extra copies of handouts. You or your child can also subscribe to Remind for text messages. Simply text @lohsdt1 (German 1) or @lohsdt2 (German 2) to 81010.

I encourage students not to subscribe to all of the above, but to pick the tool(s) they use most often and utilize it. If you don't see something you'd like to see, please ask!

If you'd prefer less information, please utilize the Unsubscribe button, or just let me know!

Language Learning Resources

You might have some questions about language learning or how to help your child in German class.

You don't need to know the language your child is studying to encourage him/her in German class. One of the best things you can do is simply encourage your child to succeed and share with you what he/she can do.

If you are looking for resources, here are some of my favorites:

Duolingo--Several past students and some current have found Duolingo to be a great site for learning vocabulary and practicing pronunciation. Students can use this site and/or app for free--my favorite price!

Girls4Teaching--Girls4Teaching features videos with basic language lessons for a variety of languages by native speakers.

Learn German--Courses for learners of all levels and a section called Deutsch lernen mit Video.

Step into German--This is a site for German learners that features movies, music and soccer.

Deutsch Aktuell--While most of our course materials are housed in Moodle, students are welcome to check out a Deutsch Aktuell text from the IRC at school and/or practice on their interactive site.

It's going to be a great semester!